10 Best Things To Do In Sligo

There are lots of things to do in Sligo, Ireland. Sligo is the capital town in the County of Sligo known as the birthplace of the 90s’ boyband – Westlife. From amazing landscapes to ancient sites, there are lots of interesting activities in Sligo that visitors can enjoy. It is only 2.5 hours away from Dublin and it can be a good day trip from the city.

So here are the top things to do in Sligo, and why it’s worth visiting this charming town.

10 Best Things To Do In Sligo

1. Carrowmore

Carrowmore Sligo

Carrowmore is a large group of megalithic tombs from the Neolithic era. It is also the largest cemetery in Ireland and it’s also among the oldest cemeteries in Europe dating back to 4600 BC. Along with Bru Na Boinne, Carrowkeel and Loughcrew, it is one of the Big Four of passage tombs in Ireland.

The cemetery consists of over 60 tombs with only around 30 tombs visible on the ground. It said to have more but due to the development within the area, some of the tombs have been ruined or replaced by modern structures.

Carrowmore is the heart of an ancient ritual landscape and a protected National Monument.

Opening Times

Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Address: Carrowmore, Sligo

Email: [email protected]

Phone:  +353 (71) 916 1534

2. Benbulben

Benbulben

Benbulben is the Table Mountain of Ireland. This large rock formation was formed by moving glaciers during Ice Age.

The mountain is part of Dartry Mountains in an area known as Yeats Country – a name after the famous writer and poet W.B. Yeats. The Benbulben offers the best view of the Sligo town and it’s an easy trail to hike.

It is only 15-20 minutes away from the town center and although a popular attraction in Sligo town, it is not touristy. Along the trail are rolling hills and beautiful landscapes of forest, bogs, and plants.

3. Sligo Abbey

SLIGO ABBEY

Sligo Abbey is a ruined Abbey built in 1253 by Maurice Fitzgerald. It was destroyed by fire in 1414 and followed by the war in 1595  and further rebellion in 1641.

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It was restored in the 1850s and currently one of the top attractions in Sligo. The Abbey features Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculptures and carvings. It is also the only monastic church in Ireland that has 15th-century altar survived all throughout the years.

Opening Times

28th March – 30th October

Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Address: Abbey Street, F91 K796

Email: [email protected]

Phone:  +353 (71) 914 6406

4. Classiebawn Castle

Classiebawn Castle

Classiebawn Castle is a Baronial country house built in 1874 for British Statement Palmerston. It is made from the sandstone bought by ocean from Donegal. The castle features a cone roof shaped turret topping the central tower of the castle.

The castle was used as barracks for the Free State Army during the Irish rebellion. And in 1947, it was modernized and improved by Lord and Lady Mountbatten.

Although not a part of Sligo town, the castle is close enough for a quick visit. It is located in Cliffony and it’s only 30 minutes away from the town of Sligo. The castle is also not open to the public but one can appreciate its Disney vibe from a distance.

5. Sligo County Museum

The Sligo County Museum is a museum dedicated to the history, culture, and arts of Sligo County.

The collections in the museum include William Butler Yeats collection and artifacts from the Stone Age to the present day. Sligo County Museum also exhibits several paintings from local artists.

Opening Times

October to April: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm Tuesday to Saturday

May-September: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 4.50 pm Tuesday to Saturday

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Sligo County Museum, Stephen Street

Email: [email protected]

Phone:  +353 71 9111679

6. Ballymote Castle

Ballymote Castle

Ballymote Castle is located in the town of Ballymote, 25 minutes away from Sligo town. The castle is almost square in shape with round towers in every corner. It was built in the 1300s by Richard de Burgh – one of the most powerful noblemen in Ireland from the late 13th to 14th century.

Opening Times

24 hours

Admission Fee

There’s no admission fee but the access to the castle is through the Enterprise Center where you can get the key for a small deposit.

Contact Information

Address: Ballymote

Phone:  +353 71 9161201

7. Devil’s Chimney

Sruth in Aghaidh an Aird

Devil’s Chimney or Sruth in Aghaidh An Aird is 150-meter waterfall lies in the border between Sligo and Leitrim. At 150 meters, it is the tallest waterfall in Ireland. The natural beauty of the waterfall is one of the main focal points in Glencar Valley and it’s also one of the less touristy places in Sligo that you can visit.

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Devil’s Chimney is only 15 minutes away from Sligo town and it can be reached by walking for about 45 minutes from the highway.

8. Yeats’ Grave

William Butler Yeats was a popular Irish poet, and one of the pillars of Irish literature. He was also one of the most prominent figures of the 20th-century literature and a Nobel prize winner for his contribution to the literary world. He also served as a senator in Ireland for two terms.

He spent holidays in Sligo as a kid and when he died, as his requested when he was still alive, his remains were moved to Sligo. His epitaph was taken from one of his final poems – “Under Ben Bulben”.

Located in Drumcliffe cemetery, it is only 15 minutes away from Sligo town.

9. WB Yeats Statue

As the town’s most famous son, a sculpture of WB Yeats was built by Ronan Gillespie in 1989. The statue was erected at the corner of Stephen Street and Markievicz Road to commemorate the 50th death anniversary of the famous poet.

10. St Columba’s Church

Saint Columba's Church Sligo

St Columba’s Church is the parish church of Drumcliff. It is known for its neo-gothic architecture and was built using the money of the Board of First Fruits in 1809.

Besides the church is Drumcliff cemetery where William Butler Yeats’ grave is located.

Contact Information

Address: N15, Drumcliff South

Email: N/A

Phone:  +353 71 914 3815


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Comments

  1. You guys write such fantastic guides! I love that everything includes the opening times and admission- you could really plan an entire trip based just from your Ireland guides!

  2. Great read, I loved the devils chimney, on seeing the photo I thought it would be above 400 meters tall, I over expected on it. Ireland is filled with serene land and historic places, great to know about it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great itinerary! I haven’t been to Ireland and I always thought things would be more expensive there! Happy to see outings there aren’t too expensive! I really want to go now 🙂

  4. Hi, wow this is such a nice post. I always knew Ireland is nice and green, but this green probably not. We are planning a trip within the next 2 couple of years and I will most certainly come back to the post for some information.

  5. Never been to Sligo but it looks gorgeous. Love exploring castles and now I know Westlife come from there, I have to visit:)

  6. There so many wonderful things to do in Sligo and thanks to you for giving all the details. I was not knowing this place before reading your post. Classiebawn castle looks amazing.

  7. Despite being from Ireland originally, Sligo is a county I haven’t explored at all. We’ve covered Galway and some of the more southern counties but this post has opened my eyes to the fact there is more to Sligo than just pubs and farms. I think it might be a county for next year’s Ireland road trip for my son and I.

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