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Brian can tailor your walking tour to suit your group, or he can join you on your bus 

Just ask!

Here are some popular tours

- Galway's Horrible History Tour

Every Day @ 10.30 am and 12 Noon - Meet at O'Connells Bar,

Eyre Square Galway ten minutes before.

Better to check in online or call ahead 086-3273560

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Most days, at 10.30am and 12 noon, Brian departs from O’Connells Bar on Eyre Square for a leisurely stroll through the medieval streets of Galway. This tour brings to life the events that shaped this city and indeed Ireland also. From Viking raids, to the Spanish Armada, to Cromwell's siege of the city and enslavement of the population, this tour will open your eyes to what life was like inside and outside the walls of 'The City of the Tribes', for the past thousand years. The walk typically takes 90 minutes and can be tailored to the interests of the group.


It starts in O’Connells Bar and finishes back there also.

See notice board in O’Connells for more details. 

Tours cost €10 per person with complimentary coffee/soft drink at O'Connells.

Meet in O'Connells. Concessions apply








O’Connors Famous Pub in Salthill plays host to the most unusual tour of Ireland and possibly the shortest walking tour in the world. Visitors are taken on a whirlwind tour of this legendary pub, which is filled with antiques and historical and cultural curiosities from all over Ireland. Starting with stories at the huge traditional fireplace, the tour of the pub is a virtual history and folk tour of Ireland from the Famine time, through WW1, the 1916 Rising, the Civil war, The Emergency, JFK's visit to Galway and right through to today. Patrons are encouraged to engage with Brian on the background to some of the hundreds of historic and cultural items on display and challenge Brian for a story on each one.


You also get the opportunity to sample a beer, wine or a whiskey (or whisky) from O’Connors astonishing collection of tipples. O'Connors Pub is an Aladdins cave of cultural treasures from all over Ireland. Young and old can appreciate the magic that Brian weaves as he brings some of these iconic Irish treasures to life. The tour of the pub taks approximately 60-75 minutes


Tour duration – 1 hour. Tour length – 50 feet.

Fitness Level Required - None, just a fertile imagination.

Group size – limited to 40.  Fun and fascination - guaranteed.


Advance booking required; Times and dates by consensus, but usually 6pm and 7.30pm.

Price €10 per person, including Complimentary Beer/Wine/Soft drink. Age limit applies for Alcoholic beverages.

- The Fireside Tour of O'Connors Pub, Salthill, Galway
An invitation to a conversation:
Possibly the World's Shortest Walking Tour - The 50 Foot Tour of Ireland
6pm Daily - July and August - By request otherwise. Group rate *

2010 - present

2010 - present

- Tailored Tours and Personalised Walking Tours of Galway


Brian will happily work with you or your group and deliver a once-off personalised walking tour of Galway City for you. In the past popular tours have included Literary tours (Joyce is a favourite), Musical Tours, Poetry Tours, Pub Tours, Guinness Tours, Whiskey Tours, Ghost Tours and Spiritual Tours.


Group size is typically limited to no more than 20, and there is no lower limit. Family, School, OAP, Active Retired, Club, Stag and Hen enquiries welcome. Group rates and concessions apply.

Walks all year round, Summer and Winter. Step-on Guide for Tour Bus and once-off tours also.

-Salthill Promenade Tour

Time? At 3pm, weather permitting. When? During the Summer.  See Notice Board at The Lighthouse gift shop, beside the Aquarium.


The Salthill Promenade has been a favourite walk of Galwegians for generations. The 2 mile esplanade is flanked by the waters of Galway Bay meanders from the Claddagh to The BlackRock Diving towers. Brian tells stories on this walk that span the centuries, tales of emigration, invasion, tragedy, joy and bravery. See Galway Bay from a different point of view through these wonderful stories.

Tours by appointment; €3 per person. Minimun group, 5 people. Meet at the Lighthouse Gift Shop, beside The Aquarium, Salthill, Galway. Comfortable walking shoes and light jacket.


-School Groups - Norman History and Architechture Tour

I lead groups of students, particularly Secondary School or Teenagers, on a Norman tour of Galway, exploring the city's Norman history, from a political, military, ecclesiastical, architectural, geographical and social point of view. Galway is a perfect city through which to interpret and understand the peoples who conquered all of Europe but whose last domain was Ireland


Tours by appointment; €3 per person. Minimun group, 10 people. Meet at the Galway City Museum, Galway. Comfortable walking shoes and light jacket.

-Walking with Brian Nolan


You are likely to hear lots of stories, told with a mix of wit and wisdom, and a little Irish Blarney.


Brian's 'Galways Horrible History Tours' brings to life a city that has witnessed war, sieges, executions, slavery, Presidential visits and popular festivals. On a light-hearted note, his tales about the characters who make Galway so special will make you laugh and smile.

Brian tailors his tours for each group or individual. Young and older visitors have enjoyed a stroll around Galway with him.

Weather permitting, walks are year-round, summer and winter.


Brian can be your step-on guide for your tour bus or once-off family tour also.

Call or Text 086-3273560, email or tweet @GalwayWalks to arrange a very special and personalised tour around Galway city or county, including Connemara, The Burren and East Galway.


Whether you are one person, or twenty, a walk with Brian will entertain, inspire and amuse.

Galway Walking Tours - My Favourite Quote;  "I bring to you today the greetings of the people of Galway, New York; Dublin, New Hampshire; the people of Killarney, West Virginia; Kilkenny, Minnesota; the people of Limerick, Maine; and the people of Shamrock, Texas."  JFK's speech in Galway, June 1963


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