Welcome to Ballyglunin Station

Discover Galway’s hidden rail icon,

as featured in The Quiet Man

Heritage Site

Explore an original late 19th century railway station.

Biodiversity Park

Enjoy 6 acres of award-winning biodiversity.

Venue Hire

Come together for business, community, and the arts.

Cinematic History

Retrace the steps of John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man.

Visit Ballyglunin

Visit Ballyglunin and surround yourself with heritage, nature, and a warm Irish welcome!
Welcome to Ballyglunin Station, a heritage rail icon nestled in the Galway countryside among Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. First established in 1860, Ballyglunin Station has been at the centre of the community in beautiful Ballyglunin for over 100 years and is now one of the top things to do in Galway. We are delighted to open Ballyglunin Station once again as a heritage site, visitor centre, award-winning biodiversity park, community hub and unique events venue.

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discover the ballyglunin story

Discover the Story

Ballyglunin Station invites you to take a step back in time to the glory days of Irish rail when train travel was new, exciting, and full of energy! Explore an outstanding example of a late 19th century Irish train station and listen to the stories of arrivals and departures from this very platform that bring Ballyglunin’s heritage to life in ways you could never imagine!

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The Quiet Man

Retrace actor John Wayne’s steps in The Quiet Man as he arrives at Ballyglunin Station (‘Castletown’). Take a photo through the famous green doors of the Waiting Room as featured in the iconic film and star in your own piece of Hollywood history, right here in Ballyglunin.

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Heritage and Rambles

Let Ballyglunin Station be your starting point for a day of discovery and delight in the heart of the Galway countryside! Begin with a heritage tour of Ballyglunin’s rail history, take a break among the beauty of our biodiversity park, ramble through the local countryside and discover a unique looped heritage walk with even more sights and stories from our exciting past!

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Venue Hire

With a passion for supporting creative communities, we throw open our doors every year to local groups and the arts community, who love to use our fully serviced meeting space and unique events venue. The Storehouse has been restored as an atmospheric theatre for the arts, with many productions finding a home here.

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Remote Hub

Ballyglunin Station offers the local business community a unique facility for remote working, meetings, and events. Discover high speed broadband, parking, printing, office and hot desking facilities, in a charismatic setting in the heart of Co. Galway!

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Ballyglunin Station Biodiversity

Facilities

– Educational/heritage tours
– Visitor centre
– Community resource centre
– Events space for theatre and the arts
– Biodiversity park
– Office space/ hot-desking facility
– Public WiFi
– Parking (cars + coach parking)
– Wheelchair access
– Picnic tables
– Toilets
– Shop

Ballyglunin Station Facilities Event Space And Venue Hire
Ballyglunin Station Facilities Event Space And Venue Hire

Facilities

– Educational/heritage tours
– Visitor centre
– Community resource centre
– Events space for theatre and the arts
– Biodiversity park
– Office space/ hot-desking facility
– Public WiFi
– Parking (cars + coach parking)
– Wheelchair access
– Picnic tables
– Toilets
– Shop

Ballyglunin Station Biodiversity

Opening Times

Ballyglunin Station is open to visitors all year round for self-guided tours, events, and community use. Educational and heritage tours with a guide are available, but pre-booking is essential. Please contact us to plan your visit and we will schedule an amazing tour of the site for you and your group!

How to get here

By car

Ballyglunin Station is easily accessible from the main N63 (Roscommon to Galway) road and the local R347 (Athenry to Tuam). We are located not far from the M17 motorway that connects Galway to Ireland’s motorway network. We are just 5 minutes from Exit 19 of the M17, 10 mins from Athenry, 12 minutes from the town of  Tuam, and 30 minutes from Galway city and all the hotels, restaurants, and amenities it has to offer.

By air

The West of Ireland is serviced by two international airports. We are located just under an hour’s drive away from Ireland West Airport Knock and Shannon Airport.

Donate

We rely on donations from the public to help maintain Ballyglunin Station and continue our restoration project of this rare heritage rail gem. Join our family of kind supporters and help us preserve Ballyglunin Station for future generations to enjoy!

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Contact

Please use the contact form to:
– Plan your visit to Ballyglunin Station.
– Schedule a tour including educational/heritage/school and group tours.
– Request more information about our facilities.
– Book our unique events venue or use our community hub.
– Hire private or shared office space.
– Research a genealogical, architectural, or other heritage project.
– Book Ballyglunin for filming or photography.