Private Walking Tour

The City of the Tribes Medieval Tour.

Journey through our vibrant Cultural Capital of Europe, with the iconic ‘City of the Tribes’ tour.

This unique walking tour combines traditional historical narrative with a completely unique series of verses performed by Shane, who has been involved in Irish dance & music since he was a child.

During these entertaining punctuations between different historical sites, you will learn to appreciate how music, song & dance became the crucial thread to keeping the fabric of Irish community alive and intact during times of famine, strife.

Discover the wonderful history of this medieval city through verse and stories inspired by triumph and hardship, love and jealousy, international trade & intercultural exchange; all factors that helped shape Galway into the European City of Culture that we know & love today.

We spent a great day with Shane walking around the streets of Galway! Shane was on time, professional, knowledgeable and extremely passionate about his city and culture. The entire process was seamless and he was very responsive to emails to set up the tour prior to my arrival. Highly recommended for your next trip!

Michelle , New Jersey

Highlights of this tour includes:

Eyre Square, Lynch’s castle, St. Nicholas Church, the Latin Quarter, Claddagh Fishwives Market, The Claddagh Ring Story


DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 15 minutes before tour start time.
INCLUDED Professional guide

Plenty of Laughs

TOUR DURATION  1 Hour and 15 minutes

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 6 reviews
21st April 2018

Enjoyed a very interesting and informative tour with SHANE..Really is a walking tour enlivened with plenty of tales to satisfy curiosity..Thoroughly recommend

15th May 2018

Was great having you Liam so happy you enjoyed the walk

9th May 2018

It was fascinating hearing from Shane about some of the history behind Galway. He is an excellent story-teller, and brings to life events from Galway’s past – which brings a greater appreciation of this fine city (and country!). He’s super approachable and easy to talk to – and his love of history and Galway is obvious. Time and money well-spent – I highly recommend Shane and Galway City Tours!

15th May 2018

Hi Bela it was a pleasure showing you around our great city hope the rest of your trip went well

31st May 2018

I loved the Galway City tour with Shane! He really knows his history and makes it fun and exciting. I learned so many interesting facts about Galway and the history of Ireland I highly recommend taking this tour. Great experience!

1st June 2018

Teala it was an absolute pleasure

7th June 2018

We enjoyed an excellent tour with Shane today. Loved all the stories he had to tell and we learned so much about Irish and Galway history! Totally recommend taking this tour while visiting Galway – it’s time and money we’ll spent.

1st January 2019

Had a lovely day with Shane exploring Galway and learning about its medieval history. Shane is knowledgeable, professional and highly recommended if you are looking for a tour!

1st April 2019

Michelle, we are deligghted you enjoyed your time with us and you tooka little piece of the west home with you. Mise Le Meas, Shane

28th March 2019

We booked Shane, (and sometimes Gary) for a private tour of Sky Road, Connemara & Cong and the Tour of the Tribes of Galway City. Do yourself a favor and book them too! Shane was so friendly, funny, knowledgeable and accommodating. He took us to lesser known areas that were: 1. not filled with tourists and 2. places we would have never discovered on our own. Moreover, on our tours, he directed us to the best restaurants and bars in the area (often in these remote little villages) and they were some of my favorite places of our whole trip.
There was a really thoughtful balance of touring, education, jokes, photos ops and rest stops (where we drank lots of Guinness). We even requested to go somewhere off his normal circuit (a park in Galway honoring the grandfather of our good friend) and Shane was happy to squeeze it into our itinerary. It was a much better trip because of his tours. Prior to meeting him, we had booked a tour of the Wild Atlantic Way to The Cliffs of Moher and I wish we had booked a private tour with him instead. Next time!

1st April 2019

Ladies you were all fantastic guests and weare delighted you chose Galway City Tours hope to see you all again very soon

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