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“Little gem”

The Fishery Tower Museum
Ranked #76 of 141 things to do in Galway
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

It’s a tiny little fishery museum with a hilarious staff. It gives an entire history of a short piece of river and who owned it, back to Henry VIII. There’s also a 40lb stuffed salmon. Loved my short visit.

Thank Holly W
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

If you walking across the Wolfe Tone Bridge in Galway stop in this interesting local tourist attraction and museum run by the Galway Civic Trust. Declan, the historian of the tower, will give you a great 5 minute explanation of why the tower was built, by whom and how important it was at the time for the fishing industry in Galway. I learned many facts about the fishing of salmon in the Galway River that the tower over looks. All fishing buffs will enjoy this attraction and if you are curious visitors like my wife and I.

It's FREE so leave a donation in the box. We think it's worth the time and effort to search it out on the south side of the bridge. You can't miss it....it's a tower.

M.Greg Miller
Ennis, County Clare & Pennsylvania, USA

Thank Greg M
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

The watchtower museum is very near the Spanish Arch. It is free to enter but there are some stairs to climb. It has an interesting history of fishing in Galway.

Thank Alexandra T
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

The admission is free but that is not the only reason to see this museum! The history of fishing in Galway hails back to the beginnings of the city itself. The tower offers an unparalleled view of the River Corrib, and the docents are very well informed about the history of the tower. Stop in!

Thank Chillymama777
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

This is a very small Museum located on Wolfe Tone bridge in Galway. It is very close to the Galway City Museum and the Spanish Arch. While small it holds a wealth of interesting material. If you have any interest in fishing and the River Corrib it is a must do. The Tower is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4.45
pm. Monday and Saturday 11am to 3pm.

The Tower had been in a state of disrepair for many years so it is now lovely to see it open once again. A pictorial record of the history of the building is on display in the tower.

There are two floors to the Museum but not too many steps to climb. The history of the tower and its links to fishing on the river is well outlined. The towers main function was to monitor salmon movements on the river and to ensure that poaching did not occur. Guides are available but we did not avail of that service on our visit.

The Watchtower affords one great views up and down the River Corrib and lovely views on a good day of the Claddagh Basin and out to Gaway Bay. There is no charge to visit the tower but one is expected to make a small donation to aid in the upkeep of the tower and to help repay the cost of the project said to be 170.000 Euro.

Well worth a visit if just for the views . Go enjoy!

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