Tips for Parents attending the GSTF Exhibition Day at NUI Galway


The Galway Science and Technology Festival Exhibition Day at NUI Galway is the family-friendly highlight of our Festival with a myriad of exhibition stalls, events, shows and workshops, all FREE, to see on the day! Here are some Tips for Parents Attending The GSTF Exhibition Day:



Time Details for the Exhibition Day


The Galway Science & Technology Festival Exhibition takes place on Sunday 26th November 2017 10am – 6pm.


Exhibition Space

Do allow time for exhibitions that are not timed and therefore not ticketed

  • Main exhibition in the Bailey Allen Hall and concourse
  • Schools and Atlantaquaria, upstairs in the View
  • Teddy Bear Hospital, O’Donoghue Centre
  • My Amazing Brain, Human Biology Building
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Orbsen Foyer
  • Institute of Physics Science Buskers, Arts & Science Concourse

How to Book Tickets for Shows and Workshops

70% of Exhibition day tickets are sold online and are free to book at 30% are reserved for people who arrive on the day – best advice is : Arrive Early and you’ll have no problem getting into the event you want without bookings.


Just queue up at the show/workshop you wish to attend at least 15 minutes before start time and spare places will be given to people without tickets, there is always plenty of room. Please take note of the following:


  • People with booked tickets must be at the venue 10 mins before the show/workshop to ensure their place; free places will be given to people without tickets when the show is about to begin.
  • No need to print tickets if you have a smart phone – just show your tickets on your phone.
  • Come early to avoid the crowds !


Getting to the Exhibition

It is advised to park at Corrib Village, on the N59 and avail of the Park & Ride bus that will run from 10am to 6.30pm.

There are six entrances to Campus: three Pedestrian, one across from Cathedral & one  on Newcastle Road & three vehicular, two on University Road – one near the canal/ Wards Shop and one leading in to the oldest part of the University campus at The Aula Maxima, one on Distillery Road, & one on Newcastle Road, these do not include Park & Ride entrances.

Follow GSTF Volunteers and Security people’s directions on the day, they will direct traffic from the main entrances to NUI Galway campus, they will also monitor parking, give you an Exhibition programme & are there to generally assist you.


Where to Park

Parking is Free all day on Sunday anywhere on the NUI Galway campus, please only park in designated spaces. There is also a Park & Ride facility at Corrib Village on the N59, these will be signposted from Newcastle Rd at 3 entrances & on an internal road from South campus through North campus to Corrib Village.

Buses will run every 15 mins from 10am to 6.30pm to the drop off & pick up area in front of Orbsen building (Green Area). The last bus from Orbsen will leave at 6.30pm.


What is on where

Check out the map below which is also in the Exhibition Day Programme. The Exhibition has 3 zones, Red Zone, Blue Zone and Green Zone all separated by pedestrian walkways.


Red Zone

Bailey Allen Hall – Main Exhibition Hall. Fantastic Interactive Exhibits by NUIG, GMIT, global companies and local secondary schools. Be sure to include this in your itinerary for the day.

Bailey Allen Concourse – Upstairs. Bug Doctor. Exhibits by local schools & Atlantaquaria in the View.

Downstairs – Exploration Dome; K’nex workshop; exhibits by Digital Makers Space; Romero Games & Spooky Doorway Games

Aras Ui Chathail – ‘Space & Astronomy’ show by Declan Holmes

Bank of Ireland Theatre – EA Games, Galway

O’Donoghue Centre – Richard III Discovered Exhibit, LearnIT Lego Education Workshops & Teddy Bear Hospital

Human Biology Building – ‘King Richard III – Life, Death and DNA’ talk by Dr. Turi King at 1pm; Presentation of the best school exhibits, special recognition award and ReelLIFE Science winners at 3pm; Teddy Bear Hospital

Foyer of Human Biology Building – My Amazing Brain workshops


Blue Zone

Arts Science Concourse – Institute of Physics Burkers; Earth Science Hunt; Fantastic DNA; Little Cells; WhizzKids; Your Beautiful Biased Brain, 3D Tour of the Universe; Sirius Science; ReelLIFE Science Cinema

Geography Rooms – The Arty Scientist; Astronomy Board Game; Mission to Mars; Exploring Under the Microscope


Green Zone

Outside the Orbsen Building:

Don’t miss Valeo Autonomous Car demo every hour commencing at 10am and RSA Rollover Simulator

Orbsen Building – Environmental Protection Agency Exhibition space and upstairs Dr How Science Wows

I.T. Building – Bubbleology; Shapes of Space; STEAMworks; Great Balloon Race; Go Fly Your Kite; Kitchen Chemistry




Where to Eat


There’s a great choice of restaurants that will be open on Sunday 26th November from 10am to 6pm:

– Moffets situated in the Orbsen Building serving hot lunches and cold food also

– College Bar (Casual) has a wonderful selection of pizzas, sandwiches, tea & coffee and soft drinks

– Smokey Joes on the Concourse is a cafe/shop with snacks and drinks available

– Subway will also be open

– At the riverbank there’s a wonderful picnic area with seats and tables


First Aid

First Aid/Civil Defence will be on site parked in front of the Orbsen building from 10am to 6.30pm.


Toilets and Baby Changing

Baby changing facilities are available in all toilets. NUIG has just opened Gender Neutral toilets this year in the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance


Tips for Making the Most of the Exhibition Day

  • To make most of the day visitors are encouraged to pre-book tickets and queue on time for events.
  • If you are booking tickets to different events, check the map and make sure you allow time to get between buildings. Most of the buildings that are being used on the Exhibition Day are within close vicinity but it will still take you a few minutes to go between them especially when it’s busy.
  • Do allow time for the main Exhibition in the Bailey Allen Hall.
  • It can get busy in the Bailey Allen Hall around the stands and exhibitions, so make a meeting point in case you get separated that you can meet back at.
  • For health & safety buggies are not permitted in the Bailey Allen Hall Exhibition – please ask at reception.
  • If you’re sharing photos on your social media channels, use hashtag #galwayscience
  • Enjoy the day! And do let us know how you enjoyed the events – you can find us on Facebook and Twitter @galwaysciencfe.