Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

Galway & The West

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Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

Located in the vibrant heart of Galway City, Charlie Byrne's is Ireland's most cherished independent bookshop. Embark on a literary adventure through their labyrinthine maze, featuring a remarkable collection of over 100,000 books—from new releases to second-hand treasures to bargain gems, and rare antiquarian works. As a bustling cultural outpost, Charlie Byrne's is a hub for literary events, playing host to book launches, author signings, readings, and a delightful Saturday-morning storytime tradition.


When it comes to shopping, Galway boasts a mix of high-street stores, boutique shops, markets, and independent retailers, making it an excellent destination for shopping enthusiasts. Its main shopping area is along Shop Street, a pedestrianised street lined with shops, restaurants, and cafés. Here you can find popular high-street stores such as H&M, River Island, and Zara, as well as local boutiques offering unique and handcrafted items. Galway also has a number of markets, including the Galway Market, which is held every Saturday and Sunday in the city's historic St Nicholas Church. And if you're looking for a more upscale shopping experience, the city also has the Eyre Square Shopping Centre, which has over 70 shops, including department stores, fashion boutiques, and speciality shops.