Good evening, everyone! We are delighted to share some exciting highlights from our recent tours at the Galway Civic Trust, particularly focusing on one of Galway’s most significant archaeological treasures – the Hall of the Red Earl.

Photo (L-R) Ian Brophy, Declan O'Shea, Jacinta Gibbons, and Don Clifford, at the Hall of the Red Earl, 29/05/24

Photo (L-R) Ian Brophy, Declan O’Shea, Jacinta Gibbons, and Don Clifford, at the Hall of the Red Earl, 29/05/24

One of our visitors today was Jacinta Gibbons, a local  Galwegian with a passion for history and archaeology. Jacinta expressed her admiration for the meticulous work done to preserve this site and highlighted the importance of such heritage sites in telling the story of Galway’s past.

“We must ensure that these historical treasures are preserved for future generations,” Jacinta stated during her visit. “Our heritage sites not only connect us to our history but also play a crucial role in attracting tourists and boosting our local economy.”

As someone who has lived almost all of her 40 years in County Galway, Jacinta has a firsthand understanding of the challenges faced by the community. She has seen the struggles that people endure and believes that a focus on heritage and culture can be a part of the solution. Jacinta emphasizes supporting local tourism, which she believes is intertwined with the preservation of our cultural and historical sites.

Nestled in the heart of Galway, the Hall of the Red Earl offers visitors a unique glimpse into the medieval past of this vibrant city. This archaeological site, once the bustling seat of the powerful De Burgo family, stands as a living testament to Galway’s rich history. Our guided tours are designed to transport you back in time, providing an immersive experience that brings the stories and secrets of the past to life.

What to Expect on the Tour

Expert-Led Insights

Our tours are led by passionate and knowledgeable guides who have a deep understanding of Galway’s history and archaeology. They will take you through the fascinating discoveries unearthed at the Hall of the Red Earl, explaining the significance of each find and how it fits into the broader tapestry of Galway’s medieval era.

Engaging Storytelling

Prepare to be captivated by the engaging storytelling of our guides. They weave together historical facts, archaeological insights, and local legends to create a vivid picture of life in medieval Galway. You’ll learn about the daily activities that took place in the hall, the political intrigues of the De Burgo family, and the hall’s role in Galway’s development.

Interactive Experience

We believe in making history accessible and engaging for all ages. Our tours include interactive elements such as handling replicas of medieval artifacts and participating in hands-on activities that demonstrate ancient techniques and crafts. It’s a perfect experience for families and history enthusiasts alike.

Jacinta Gibbons and Tour Guide Michael Moylan

Visitor Jacinta Gibbons from Galway and Tour Guide Michael Moylan

Why Visit the Hall of the Red Earl?

A Window into the Past

The Hall of the Red Earl is more than just an archaeological site; it’s a window into the vibrant and complex history of Galway. Visiting the hall allows you to step back in time and gain a deeper appreciation for the city’s cultural heritage.

Supporting Local Heritage

By joining our tours, you’re also supporting the preservation and promotion of local heritage. The funds raised from our tours through voluntary donations help maintain and enhance the site, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy and learn from this historical treasure.

Fun and Educational

Our tours are designed to be both fun and educational, making them an ideal activity for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re a history buff, a curious traveler, or a family looking for an engaging outing, the Hall of the Red Earl has something for everyone.

Plan Your Visit

The Hall of the Red Earl is open for tours year-round. All our guided tours are free of charge,  but donations are welcome, and there is no need to book a place, just show up at the Hall! We run full guided tours of the city on Tuesday and Thursday at 2.00pm. Our friendly staff are always on hand to answer any questions and help you plan a memorable visit to one of Galway’s most intriguing historical sites.

Join Us Today!

We invite you to explore the Hall of the Red Earl and discover the rich history that lies beneath the streets of Galway. Join us for a tour and let our guides take you on a journey through time that you won’t soon forget.

Thank you for your continued support of the Galway Civic Trust. We look forward to welcoming you to the Hall of the Red Earl soon!

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