Festivals in Galway

Galway is a city of entertainment, jam-packed full of festivals each year, there is always something on. Being only 15 minutes away from the city, Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway provides the perfect base for your next visit to Galway. Some of our favourite festivals include The Galway Races, The Galway Jazz Festival and the Galway Christmas Festival. Read below for our full list of festivals taking place every year.

Galway Jazz Festival

According to the Irish Times, the Galway Jazz Festival is a ‘boutique festival with a big heart and growing international credibility’, and it is returning this year in October.

This is a popular destination for jazz lovers not only locally and nationally but internationally. Musicians come from all around the world to join in on the festivities every year with artists from Germany, Britain, United States and Norway known to make the trip to Galway annually. Irish artists also feature prominently in the lineup.

Here are just a few examples of world-renowned artists who made an appearance last year:

  • Christian Wallumrød
  • Lauren Kinsella
  • Andy Sheppard
  • Cuar
  • Aerie

The festival is known for pushing artistic boundaries from traditional jazz music to contemporary takes on classical pieces by the greats as well as flavours of modern hip-hop being heard throughout the event. This year promises to be better than ever with live performances, discussion panels and impromptu jamming sessions taking place all over the city.

Venues include:

  • St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church
  • Il Vicolo
  • Biteclub and Electric
  • Roisin Dubh
  • The Salthouse
  • Bierhaus
  • Hotel Meyrick
  • Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe

Galway has a strong cultural tradition for music and especially for Jazz with events happening year round. This festival celebrates this tradition and aims to promote jazz as a contemporary art form in the west of Ireland.

Vodafone Comedy Carnival

Vodafone Comedy Carnival is back in Galway this year takes place every year in October. Some of the best acts from Ireland, UK and the United States last year performed in Galway for a week of laughs to remember. Big names such as Al Porter, Patton Oswalt and Reginald D Hunter, all performed spectacularly well last year! Acts are hosted in the Black Box Theatre and Town Hall Theatre as well as the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent which will be set up in Eyre Square.

This bejewelled spectacular venue is the iconic centre of the event and really lends a carnival atmosphere. The full line up of acts performing throughout the week will be available from August so make sure to keep an eye on their website in the run-up to the carnival. Tickets for this tend to go quickly so visit the website to grab yours in time!

Galway Races

The Galway Races is the sparkling highlight of the social and sporting calendar here in Galway The races are taking place at Ballybrit Racecourse, just 10 minutes from Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway, making us the ideal location to stay on your next trip to the races. Three times a year racing fans from all over Ireland and abroad visit to be a part of the extraordinary occasion. Racing takes place across 7 days in July and August, September and October Bank Holiday weekend.

Galway Abooo Halloween Festival

We take the Halloween season very seriously here in Galway! There is a whole festival dedicated to the spookiest time of the year, the Galway Abooo Halloween Festival.

There’s a whole host of different events organised for the whole family. Here’s just a few examples of what to expect:

Macnas Halloween Parade

Macnas, the world famous street theatre group, will be celebrating the Halloween season in style with a spectacular parade through the streets of Galway. This promises to be a feast for the eyes going by previous years! From witches to giants, goblins and ghouls, it’s difficult to say what this year’s parade will feature. The theme of the parade will be announced shortly.


The Connacht Tribune printing press on Market Street will be the home of the spookiest scare factory in the west for the few weeks leading up to Halloween night. If you feel up to it, head over to Market Street to prove your bravery!

Galway Ghost Ship

A haunted fishing trawler will be docked on the Claddagh Quay in the lead up to Halloween night. The bravest trick or treaters will be called upon to come along and here the ghost stories from seanchaí onboard. Halloween costumes are encouraged and entry is free.

We will be hosting our own special Halloween themed Crafty Kids Club during the midterm break too so that the little ones can dress up and celebrate Halloween while they’re away.

St Patrick's Festival

Galway is the place to be on St Patrick’s weekend! The city is bursting with culture and on St Patrick’s Day, the Irish culture is celebrated in a most spectacular way. All of Galway’s most famous arts and theatre groups will be showcasing their talents during the festival and it will also provide a platform for the many international groups that will be exhibiting Galway’s rich and diverse cultural fabric.

After the parade, there will be street performances and live entertainment all over the city as the festival kicks into full swing! Take a stroll through the cobbled streets and breathe in the festival atmosphere. If weather permits, a walk along the Salthill prom is sure to blow the cobwebs off.

Galway Christmas Festival

Galway really comes alive with a magical atmosphere throughout the city. It’s the perfect time to visit the City of the Tribes for a winter break, a romantic getaway or just a last minute Christmas shopping break!

Christmas Markets

The famous Christmas markets bring with them the traditional smells and sounds of Christmas. With festive treats and handmade gifts, this is the perfect place to soak up some atmosphere during your break in Galway.

Elf Town

Elf Town Galway has become enormously popular as a destination for families during Christmas time. Located in the middle of the city, this visit to Santa will be one to remember!

Shopping in Galway

Galway is known as an excellent shopping destination where you’ll find all the high street stores you expect as well as original boutiques and charming market stalls. It’s the perfect place to pick up some last minute gifts as well as treats for yourself!

Santa’s Workshop at Aillwee Caves

Just over an hour’s drive from the Maldron Oranmore, visit Santa’s Workshop at Aillwee Caves. The caves will host Santa and his elves over the Christmas season offering a magical experience for all the boys and girls who visit.

Ted Festival

TedFest is a festival celebrating the legendary series Father Ted as well as the life of Dermot Morgan who played the title character. Take to the largest of the Aran Islands just off the west coast and enjoy the fun and Father Ted themed entertainment during the festival!

The festival is now running over ten years and going from strength to strength every year. It has gained almost cult status with many of its attendees coming to the festival religiously (pardon the pun) since it began. Some of Ireland’s biggest comedy stars appear during the weekend such as Tommy Tiernan and Joe Rooney, who played roles in the original show.

Several events are planned for the festival including the Craggy Island Hayride and BBQ, Matchmaking with Nellie and the Craggy Island Ceili. Many competitions are also held such as the Lovely Girls, Nun’s Beach Volleyball and Loveliest Horse. The All Priests and Nuns Five A Side Craggy Cup is a particular highlight of the weekend so make sure you come prepared!

Joe Watty’s Bar is the place to be every night with quizzes and live entertainment during the festival. It is encouraged to come to the festival dressed as your favourite character to really get into the swing of Craggy Island life. You’re sure to bump into several Mrs Doyles and Father Jacks during your time there! You never know, if you make enough priest and nuns friends during your time there, it might even become an annual pilgrimage!

Galway Film Fleadh

Celebrating the finest in film, the Galway Film Fleadh is a must for all cinema lovers. Taking place every year in July, it is Ireland’s leading film festival welcoming directors, producers, cinematographers and enthusiasts from around the world. The festival attracts some big names in the national and international cinema industry with past guests including Martin Sheen, Pierce Brosnan and Saoirse Ronan, to name just a few.

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  • General Hotel Information

    What time is check-in?

    Check-in is from 3pm on the day of arrival. In the case of earlier arrival, we try our very best to accommodate our guests where possible. Please note that an earlier check-in is subject to room availability and that additional charges may apply.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out is at 11am on the day of departure. In the cases of late departure, we try our best to accommodate our guests where possible. Please note that a late check-out is subject to room availability and that additional charges may apply.

    Does the hotel offer baggage storage?

    Yes, you can leave your luggage with the reception until your room is ready or you are ready to depart.

    Does the hotel have WiFi?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Oranmore is pleased to offer complimentary WiFi in all public areas and bedrooms.

    Does the hotel provide laundry/dry cleaning?

    Yes, dry cleaning can be sent out by the hotel in the morning and can usually take a full working day and is brought back to the room once cleaned.

    What do I do if I accidentally left some items in the hotel?

    If you have left any items behind following your stay at the hotel, please contact our hotel reception directly via phone on +353 (0)91 792 244 and our team will be happy to organise collection or postage if the item is found.

    Are pets permitted in the hotel?

    No, pets are not allowed in the hotel, with the exception of guide and assistance dogs.

    Is the hotel reception desk open 24 hours a day?

    Yes, the reception desk is operating 24 hours day.

    What is the hotel’s smoking policy?

    At Maldron Hotel Oranmore, we operate a strictly non-smoking policy throughout the entire hotel. A deep cleaning fee will be charged to guests who are found to be in breach of our no smoking policy.

    Is the hotel accessible?

    Yes, we are proud to be verified as offering very good levels of accessibility throughout our hotel. Please click the button below for full details or contact us if you would like any additional information.

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    Do you sell gift vouchers?

    Yes, gift vouchers are available to purchase at the hotel reception desk or online. Gift vouchers can be used in all Maldron Hotels, in our sister brand, Clayton Hotels and selected partner hotels, The Gibson Hotel, The Belvedere Hotel and Hotel 7, meaning a choice of over 40 hotels in Ireland and the UK.

    Do you provide printing facilities for boarding passes?

    Yes, our reception team can assist with printing your boarding pass.

    Does the hotel offer currency exchange?

    No, we don’t offer currency exchange at the hotel, but we will be happy to direct you to the nearest facility.

  • Location & Parking

    Is parking available at the hotel?

    Yes, we offer complimentary car parking to all of our guests and visitors.

    Is there an electric car charging point near the hotel?

    Closest charging stations to Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway:

    • ESB Charging Station Oranmore Train Station – Garraun South, Oranmore, Co. Galway
    • Easygo Charging Stating Rinville – Renville Village, Rinville West, Oranmore, Co. Galway, H91 P8PH
    • ESB Charging Station Ballybrit – 13 Ballybrit Ct, Galway, H91 CK2H

    Please see more information on our directions page.

    How far is the hotel from Galway City?

    Maldron Hotel Oranmore is located 10.4km and a 21-minute drive from the heart of Galway City. For more information, please visit our location page.

    Are there any airports nearby?

    Yes, we have two airports that are close to the hotel. Shannon Airport is only 50 minutes’ drive away and Ireland West Airport is just 60 minutes’ drive away from Maldron Hotel Oranmore. There are excellent bus facilities which service both routes.

    Are there any shopping areas nearby?

    Yes, Oranmore Village has a selection of boutiques and homeware shopping. We’d also highly recommend a visit to the city (it’s only a short drive away) as there are lots of diverse and high street options available. Galway Shopping Centre in Headford Road is located 9.1km from the hotel or Eyre Square shopping centre is located 9.4km away in Eyre Square.

    How close are public transport links to the hotel?

    There is a bus stop just a 5-minute walk away at the Oran Town Shopping Centre. This serves Galway city (404) and many other destinations such as the Cliffs of Moher (350) as well as the CityLink to Dublin.

    Oranmore Train Station is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute taxi journey away.

    Is there a car rental station near the hotel?

    Yes, Budget Car Rental is located just over 15 minutes’ drive away from the hotel in Eyre Square in Galway City.

  • Rooms & Amenities

    What room types does the hotel offer?

    Maldron Hotel Oranmore boasts 113 spacious and comfortable hotel rooms. Depending on your needs, you can choose between 5 different room types, including double rooms, twin rooms with a double and single bed, triple rooms, executive queen rooms and family rooms.

    Are there wheelchair accessible rooms available?

    Yes, we have 2 fully wheelchair accessible rooms with walk-in showers and support railings.

    Does the hotel have family rooms?

    We have a variety of family rooms available at Maldron Hotel Oranmore. Depending on how much space you need, we offer family rooms for two adults and one child which feature a double and a single bed in each of them. For families of two adults and two children, there are two bedding options, a double bed with two single beds or a double bed, single bed and pull out couch. We also have large family rooms available which comfortably sleep up to two adults and three children which will need to be booked directly with the property.

    Does the hotel provide cots?

    Yes, we have cots available. Please note it in the comments or give us a call on +353 (0)91 792 244 at the time of your booking to reserve one and avoid disappointment on arrival.

    Do you have triple rooms for groups at the hotel?

    Yes, we have three single beds in our triple rooms. In total, we have 14 rooms which make us the perfect location for group getaways.

    Are the hotel rooms air-conditioned?

    No, unfortunately, our bedrooms are not air-conditioned.

    Do the bathrooms have a shower or a bath?

    All bedrooms have a bath except for our wheelchair accessible rooms.

    Does the hotel offer wake-up calls?

    Yes, we do offer wake-up calls. Please speak to a member of the reception team to arrange.

    What amenities are included in the room?

    Our hotel rooms feature hairdryer, iron, ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities and toiletries. Mini fridges are available upon request. Please note it in the comments or give us a call on +353 (0)91 792 244 at the time of your booking to reserve one.

  • Dining

    What dining options are available at the hotel?

    At Maldron Hotel Oranmore, we offer a wide variety of dining options. From Vitality Breakfast with lots of healthy options, the delicious Q Bar menu to the Grain & Grill restaurant, there is something to choose from for every taste and occasion.

    Does the hotel offer breakfast?

    Yes, we are renowned for a great selection of breakfast options available each morning. Choose from traditional grilled breakfast items as well as healthier and nutritious options to kickstart your morning. Breakfast is served 7 days a week in our Grain & Grill restaurant, Monday to Friday from 7am to 10am and weekends and bank holidays from 7:30am to 11am.

    If breakfast isn’t included in your rate, you can still purchase breakfast at reception.

    What time is dinner served?

    Dinner is served daily from 6pm to 9pm in our Grain & Grill restaurant which is renowned for its exceptional dishes and extensive á la carte menu created from seasonal and local ingredients. Alternatively, you can visit our Q Bar which has a wide range of bar food available.

    Does the restaurant cater food for allergies?

    Yes, all of our menus have a full allergy listing. Please inform your waiter if you have any allergies, vegetarian or dietary requirements and our kitchen team will be delighted to assist.

    Does the restaurant offer a dedicated kid’s menu?

    Yes, we offer a separate kid’s menu for our younger diners.

    Do you provide room service?

    Yes, we provide room service 24 hours a day with a tray charge of €7.50. You can order from our Click & Go menu, available through our Guest Service Platform. The food can be collected at the collection point in our restaurant at your requested time.

    Is there a reservation for dinner required?

    No, a dining reservation is in general not required. However, we advise you to reserve your table to avoid disappointment. To pre-book, please contact our team on +353 (0)91 792 244.

    Do you cater for large groups? Can I book a private dining space for a special occasion?

    Yes, we cater for large groups in both private or semi-private dining rooms. To enquire, please fill out our online enquiry form or call the hotel on +353 (0)91 792 244 to speak with a member of our events team.

  • Leisure Facilities

    Does the hotel offer a swimming pool and gym facilities on-site?

    Yes, our leisure centre has a 20m heated swimming pool with a separate kiddies pool. We also have a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room on-site. For our more active guests, we also provide a fully equipped and state-of-the-art gym catering for cardio, core and strength training. Whether you want to maintain your workout routine or plan to relax and unwind, you can do both in Club Vitae at Maldron Hotel Oranmore.

    What are the opening hours of the swimming pool and gym?

    The leisure facilities at Maldron Hotel Oranmore opens from 6am to 10pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 9pm on weekends and bank holidays.

    Kids are welcome up to 7.30pm daily.

    Is there an age limit for using the leisure facilities?

    Yes, children under 16 are not permitted to use the jacuzzi, sauna, steam room or the gym. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and must be fully supervised when using the facilities.

    Is the use of the leisure facilities complimentary for guests?

    Yes, the use of our leisure facilities is complimentary to all of our guests.

  • Meetings & Events

    Are there meeting and event room facilities available at the hotel?

    Yes, we have a dedicated conference centre on the 1st floor, providing 6 bright and flexible meeting rooms suitable for small meetings, interviews, training days or courses.

    Does the hotel facilitate conferences?

    Yes, our hotel does facilitate conferences.

    How many people do your meeting rooms accommodate?

    Our meeting rooms can accommodate up to 20 people boardroom style in our smaller meeting rooms and up to 100 people theatre style in our large meeting rooms.

    Please note our capacities have been greatly reduced to 20 delegates n our large meeting rooms with the introduction of social distancing requirements.

    What equipment is included in the meeting rooms?

    All our meeting rooms are equipped with flipcharts, pads, pencils and a projector. In addition, our meeting rooms have national daylight and black-out blinds. Free high-speed WiFi will be provided complimentary in all meeting rooms as well as air conditioning. 

    Are there food and beverage options available?

    Yes, we have a variety of dining options as well as customised menus available for meetings to suit your budget and requirements. For more information, please contact our meetings team via phone on +353 (0)91 792 244 or email mroyal@maldronhotels.com.

    Do you have corporate rates available?

    Yes, corporate rates are available. Should you wish to inquire about setting up a preferred agreement, feel free to contact a member of our sales team on +353 (0)91 792 244.

  • Families

    Does the hotel offer any family facilities and activities?

    Yes, our Games Room is located on the first floor of the hotel and it is a hidden treasure with lots of toys, games and books to enjoy. It has a soft seating area, ideal for your little one to sit and play a game or read a storybook from our new library. We also have a new imaginative play section, with a dual oven kitchen for the budding chef, and a wooden garage for the little mechanic. For the older children there is a full-size air hockey table and a full-size pool table – always guaranteed to keep the boredom at bay.

    To allow for social distancing we recommend pre-booking your preferred times when you arrive at the hotel. Our reception team would be delighted to assist you with this on check-in. We also have a fantastic playground which is located just outside the Club Vitae Health Club.

    Does the hotel run a kids club?

    Yes, our Crafty Kids activities are available during all school holidays and run nightly between 5pm to 10pm. It’s suitable for ages between 4 and 12 years of age. Different activities are planned to ensure there is a variety.

    Please note that due to Covid-19, we’re not running our Crafty Kids Club until further notice.

    Is there a babysitting service available?

    We do not have an in-house babysitting service available, however when you book the hotel please let us know if you require babysitting services and we can assist you in pre-booking a babysitter.

    Do you have any special family hotel deals or packages?

    Yes, to avail of all our special offers, please visit the ‘Offers’ section on our website where all of our current deals and packages will be listed. Alternatively, you can also contact us directly via phone or email for more information.

  • Booking & Cancellation

    What is Make It Maldron and how do I sign up?

    Signing up and being part of Make it Maldron means you can save €10/£10 per room per night every time you book directly on our website (excludes selected sale and promotional special offers). To sign up, visit our ‘Make It Maldron’ page and join in 3 simple steps to ensure your discount is applied to all future online bookings.

    Can I claim back on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme?

    Yes, we are delighted to confirm that all Maldron Hotels are registered for the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme. That means if you stay with us between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021 you can claim up to €125 under this scheme, please see revenue.ie for more information and details.

    What is the best way to make a reservation?

    The best way to book is online on our website where you can easily see our best rates and what exclusive offers and packages are available. Alternatively, you can call us on +353 (0)91 792 244 or email info.galway@maldronhotels.com.

    What should I do if I haven’t received a booking confirmation?

    If you have not received your booking confirmation, try to check your spam/junk folder. If you still haven’t received it, please contact our reservations team on +353 (0)91 792 244 and they will be happy to help.

    What payment methods does the hotel accept?

    Maldron Hotel Oranmore accepts all major credit/debit cards, cash as well as contactless payments.

    What is the hotel’s credit/debit card policy?

    A valid credit/debit card is required to secure all bookings made online or over the phone, unless in cases where this is otherwise stated. Please note nothing is charged to the card at booking stage when booking directly with the hotel (with the exception of advance purchase offers or bookings that require a deposit. This will be clearly noted on the booking offer).

    For all rooms that are being paid for in cash must be accompanied with photographic ID. No rooms will be let unless payment is guaranteed.

    What age are children for the purpose of hotel packages?

    Under 12’s are considered to be children.

    How do I make a group or multiple room booking?

    To make a group or multiple booking, please email your enquiry to res.galway@maldronhotels.com or call us on +353 (0)91 792 244 to speak to our reservations manager.

    Are there any age restrictions when booking a hotel room?

    To book a hotel room, you must be at least 18 years old. All under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian or parent.

    Can I show up at the hotel without a booking?

    Yes, you can, however, we would always recommend to call ahead to the hotel or booking online prior to arriving to secure your reservation and to avoid disappointment.

    Can I extend my stay?

    Yes, depending on availability, we’ll be happy to accommodate you for further nights at an additional cost. Please contact our reception team if you plan to extend your stay.

    How can I amend or cancel my booking?

    If you have booked directly with the hotel, you can amend or cancel your booking by visiting the ‘Manage Booking’ section on our website by using your confirmation number and email address. Alternatively, you can call us directly on +353 (0)91 792 244 or res.galway@maldronhotels.com to cancel or amend your booking.

    How can I cancel my reservation if I booked via a third-party website?

    If you have booked via a third-party, you will need to contact the third party directly to amend or cancel your booking as we cannot do that on your behalf. Please note that they have their own cancellation policies, so please refer to your confirmation email.

    What is the cancellation policy?

    If you have booked the reservation directly with the hotel over the phone or online, Maldron Hotel Oranmore offers free cancellation up to 2pm the day prior to arrival unless advance purchase non-refundable rate was selected. Please note that some special offers and key dates outlined in the terms and conditions may specify a special cancellation policy applicable to that offer and date.

    What does the “no-show” policy entail?

    If a guest makes a reservation and fails to show up and doesn’t cancel the reservation successfully then we will take payment for the first night’s stay from the credit or debit card provided at the time of booking. If your booking is advance purchase, the total amount will be non-refundable and you will incur a 100% penalty charge for the entire duration of your stay.


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