Barnacles Galway

10 Quay Street


There is plenty to choose from in Barnacles! Our dorms rooms range from 4 bed – 12 bed in size. We also have private twin and double rooms available. All our rooms are Ensuite so you have that extra comfort during your stay. Double glazed windows will silence the hustle and bustle of the city, and each bed has their own individual lights for your convenience as well.

Our rooms are each named after one of the famous Galway City Tribes. Look out for medieval features on our building! Barnacles hostel provides you with clean linen and top quality mattresses to ensure you get a good rest.


  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Common Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • DVD's
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Games Room
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Ironing board
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Microwave
  • PlayStation
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Towels Included
  • Utensils
  • Vending Machines
  • Wii



Traveler Reviews

“A great experience”

Rating: 5 Reviewed on March 17, 2018

I stayed here with some friends and we all agreed it was the most friendly hostel. The location just can not be beaten. All of Galway's best bars and restaurants at your door. The breakfast was more...


Rating: 1 Reviewed on March 13, 2018

I stayed in the 8 bed dorm and it stank. The worse smell I've ever experienced. I was unable to sleep as the pungent smell was so overpowering. I actually left after the first night and booked into a...

“Week Long Getaway”

Rating: 5 Reviewed on March 12, 2018

The staff and location were absolutely amazing! Very helpful and willing to accommodate guests. I would recommend Barnacles to any of my friends traveling to Galway. Rooms are on the small side but...


To get to the hostel from either the Bus & Train Station (same location) or from the private Coach Station:

Walk diagonally across Eyre Square
Turn left onto Williamsgate Street and continue straight down Shop Street

At the Kings Head Bar, keep left and walk down High Street onto Quay Street
Our hostel is situated on the right, directly opposite the Quays Bar!

See you soon!


This property has a 1 day cancellation policy.
Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay, unless otherwise stated.

Useful things to know:
- Check in is 3 pm, check out is 10.30 am
- No curfew, you can come and go as you please, our reception is open 24 hours
- Please note that guests under the age of 16 years must book private accommodation, only staying with people in their party
- If there are 6 or more in your party, you are considered a Group. We will require a fully refundable €30 deposit per person as A Group Noise and Damage Deposit.