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Galway arts festival and other questions

Miami, Florida
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Galway arts festival and other questions

Thanks in advance for any help. We are 3 adults and 2 girls (14&12) Staying overnight in Ennis(B&B) Then am Saturday July 18th (last day in Ireland) drive Cliffs of Moher, drive through The Burren, then afternoon Galway before having to make long drive to stay near Dublin airport before early morning flight. Questions are

A) What time is breakfast served at B&B's in general (can you ask for it earlier)

B) Was thinking of spending afternoon at Galway arts festival ... Thoughts on whether there is a better way to spend afternoon

C) any flaws in plan?

Western Ireland...
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1. Re: Galway arts festival and other questions

Depends on the B&B, maybe 7.30 - 9.30 range, many B&B's will make you something up if you are away earlier for some reason.. Ask them?

See the Cliffs the night before, check in Ennis have a bite to eat around 5 or 6pm (Brogans) then head for the Cliffs(open until 9pm in July). Back into town for a night out until the 10pm Children in pubs time

Miami, Florida
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2. Re: Galway arts festival and other questions

Tks for the quick response. I will be coming from the south the night before and staying in Ennis overnight the night of the 17th so no option for COM the night before. So I was planning morning COM then the Burren's. Still left with question of Galway arts Festival vs walking around Galway vs something else from the location of the Burren's before the long drive to Dublin.

Saginaw, Michigan
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3. Re: Galway arts festival and other questions

Personally, I would skip Galway altogether - if you only have the afternoon there - and then have to head to Dublin afterwards.

I would visit the Cliffs of Moher and then back to Dublin to your hotel. Then, everyone enjoy this free City Spectacular in the centre of Dublin:


Edit: On the B&B front, you can get an earlier breakfast but it will not be a full, cooked one. Another reason to enjoy your breakfast at the time it's available, if you omit the afternoon in Galway!

Edited: 25 January 2015, 11:31
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4. Re: Galway arts festival and other questions

The Arts Festival is a mix of many different events, so spending an afternoon 'doing' the Arts Festival isnt really something anyone does, taking in a show or exhibition or going to the main gallery would be a yes.

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5. Re: Galway arts festival and other questions

The good thing is the drive to Dublin only takes just over two hours on the motorway...so you could leave quite late, and then arrive at your hotel near the airport...the motorway from the west arrives at the right side of Dublin city for the airport, so you don't have to go to city centre. You can enjoy Galway for a wander around, and a meal...if you arrive after 6pm the Festival exhibitions will be closed. You can check their website nearer the time for plays etc...they tend to be of a high standard, but can work out quite expensive...depending on what is on the night you visit. You will have a very busy day....B&Bs will leave you a continental breakfast generally, if you leave early.

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