Ireland has an incredible design and arts and craft scene, but it's nearly impossible to spot the difference between designed in Ireland versus those items that are truly made in Ireland. There are many wonderful businesses scattered across our city centre that you have to leave the magical pedestrian only Shop Street to find. Let me show you my favourite places, favourite treasures and introduce you to the finest in local made products. We'll start our walking circuit at one of my favourite stores and local product makers. We'll visit places that support our local artists by providing shelf space, we'll visit a local perfumery, learn where to find the most authentic wool products and chat on the way what makes Galway so unique and worth the visit. This is a tour to showcase and share the best of Galway and Irish Design. You'll leave our tour full up to speed on the great craft scene and with a long list of where to get your friends and family the most amazing Irish made gifts they will cherish.
Hello, my name is Liisa. I'm Finnish by birth but now call Galway my home after living in the USA and Hungary. I graduated from Millinery School and have had my own design business in the past. I now manage a local Irish Design shop. During my years in Galway I have learned to know many local business owners, developed friendships with some, and I find the art, craft and design scene interesting and ever evolving. The idea for this tour came from the customers I have served - many of them have asked me where to buy locally and Irish made high quality gifts. Many of them have very limited time to be walking around town looking for shops, this great city is not the easiest to navigate, so I decided to take the good people to these places myself, having some good craic and conversations on the way.
Galway Design Trail Map
We'll visit a number of locally owned and run businesses showcasing a variety of products. Our circuit will vary depending on the day (opening hours) but all will be within a 5 to 10 minute walk of Eyre Square.
Galway Art, Craft and Design Tour