Accommodations Flights Flight + Hotel Car Rentals Airport Taxis

Visit Sligo: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Sligo

Drumcliffe High Cross and Round Tower
St. Colmcille founded a monastery here about 575 on lands given by King Aedh Ainmire. Not far away, at Culderimne, the saint had been heavily involved in a battle in 561 in a dispute over the ownership of a book! The monastery seems to have been well known from the 9th to the 16th century, and was plundered by Maelseachlain O'Rourke in 1187. It was plundered again in 1267 and 1315, and the last known abbot died in 1503. The Church of Ireland church stands on the site of an older church of which nothing remains, and in front of this church the poet W.B. Yeats lies buried. Beside the road is the stump of a Round Tower which was struck by lightning in 1396. Tradition says that it will ultimately fall on the wisest man who passes it (so, if it falls on you, your wisdom will have been recognised - but too late!) To the right of the path leading from the road to the Church of Ireland church is a High Cross, consisting of what were two separate parts originally.
Sligo Riding Centre
Nestled between Knocknarea mountain and Union forest, 3 km from Sligo city (pop.25,000), on the Atlantic coast of Ireland sits Carrowmore, site of one of the oldest collections of Megalithic tombs and burial chambers, some dating to 3500 B.C. This area is said to be the first site settled by man in Ireland.This beautiful corner of Ireland is not only home to prehistoric tombs but also to Irelands foremost equestrian facility,Sligo Riding Centre.It’s success and popularity among guests and local riders alike is due to it’s excellent facilities, sympathic instructors, safe and well trained horses, friendly staff, but mainly to it’s beautiful and diverse riding terrain. From the endless Atlantic beaches for galloping to the mountains and pine forests for gentle hacking, this truly is the horsemans paradise.
Knocknarea
The 327 metre (1014-foot) high limestone mountain is visually striking, as it is monolithic in appearance and stands in a prominent position on the Cúil Irra peninsula between the bays of Sligo and Ballysadare. In addition, a large mound, or cairn of loose limestone rocks – ‘Miosgán Medbha’ (Maeve’s Lump of Butter), caps the mountain. Although this monument has not been excavated, its shape and structure (there are a number of similar features in the area, Listoghil at Carrowmore, Cairns Hill, etc.) and the results of archaeology in the immediate area have led to the tomb being classified as a Neolithic passage tomb.

When to Go to Sligo

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
46 ℉ 38 ℉
46 ℉ 38 ℉
48 ℉ 38 ℉
53 ℉ 40 ℉
56 ℉ 45 ℉
61 ℉ 50 ℉
65 ℉ 54 ℉
63 ℉ 53 ℉
61 ℉ 50 ℉
56 ℉ 46 ℉
50 ℉ 41 ℉
47 ℉ 39 ℉
21 %
17 %
18 %
16 %
17 %
15 %
17 %
18 %
17 %
20 %
20 %
21 %

Traveler Reviews & Photos

Lynne
10
Exceptional
Lilly & Lollies cafe in Sligo town very good for food and very friendly staff Easy to get around and friendly locals to give directions should you find yourself lost!
Lynne
Ireland
April 12, 2018
Margaret
10
Exceptional
I loved my trip to Drumcliff graveyard! To stand alongside Yeats grave was very special! The horseshoe drive at Gleniff was just stunning! I’d recommend it to anyone!
Margaret
Ireland
April 17, 2018
Jacqueline
10
Exceptional
We went into Sligo town & had a drink by the river at Garavogue bar before eating at The Belfrey both lovely places with great, friendly staff - highly recommend.
Jacqueline
United Kingdom
April 21, 2018
Sandra
8
Very Good
Unfortunately we only stayed one night in sligo town...however there is plenty of shopping bars and restaurants to choose from.
Sandra
Ireland
April 18, 2018
Mary
8
Very Good
Ideal location to explore the stunning surrounding areas. The modernisation of the town coupled with the history makes it an interesting area to explore. Plenty of restaurants to suit different needs.
Mary
United Kingdom
April 24, 2018

Accommodations & Hotels in Sligo

Riverside Hotel

9.1 Awesome

Score from 2,293 reviews

$96

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    295 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    231 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    158 related reviews
The Glasshouse

8.9 Excellent

Score from 3,434 reviews

$111

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    435 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    342 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    259 related reviews
Clayton Hotel & Leisure Club Sligo

8.1 Very Good

Score from 2,847 reviews

$83

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    553 related reviews
  • “great pool area”
    398 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    332 related reviews
Sligo City Hotel

8.5 Very Good

Score from 1,117 reviews

$104

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    185 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    185 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    67 related reviews
Sligo Park Hotel & Leisure Club

8.4 Very Good

Score from 966 reviews

$110

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    196 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    95 related reviews
  • “great pool area”
    85 related reviews
Radisson BLU Hotel & Spa, Sligo

8.9 Excellent

Score from 1,327 reviews

$109

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    269 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    231 related reviews
  • “great pool area”
    142 related reviews
Sligo Southern Hotel(Formerly Great Southern Hotel Sligo)

8.2 Very Good

Score from 1,487 reviews

$92

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    284 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    279 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    110 related reviews
Yeats Country Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club

7.8 Good

Score from 645 reviews

$76

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    110 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    73 related reviews
  • “great pool area”
    72 related reviews
Castle Dargan Hotel

8.1 Very Good

Score from 376 reviews

$92

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    69 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    51 related reviews
  • “beautiful building”
    39 related reviews

Has to be heading of with Auriel from Seatrails on her guided walks full of knowledge and history delivered in a fun way and out in the beautiful landscapes of Sligo.

Most beautiful county in Ireland, not at all discovered or promoted by Bord Failte over the years but visitors always tell me they found it to be the most beautiful

There is a wide variation of shops and small cafe's. Easy parking and near shops also not expensive.

Plenty of individual shops, different from the main high streets.

strandhill and Bundoran has greate beaches for surfing.

Booking.com asked travelers...

What made the beach in Sligo unforgettable?

long stretch of sandy beaches ideal for walking

a few more rest seating areas

Carrowmoor, Maeve's Cairn

Plenty of music around

Find accommodations in Sligo

Travel Guides for Top Destinations

Travel Guide Bundoran
Beach Walks · Scenery · Beaches
Travel Guide Ballina
Friendly Locals · Relaxation · Food
Travel Guide Galway
Pubs · Live Music · Food
Travel Guide Dublin
Pubs · Friendly Locals · Live Music
Travel Guide Tobercurry
Friendly Locals · Relaxation · Countryside
Travel Guide Grange
Scenery · Friendly Locals · Nature