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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.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

8
Very Good
Nice attractions nearby, pubs were fun with Irish music. We ate at the Abbey Hotel and had their steak on a stone which was great fun and very tasty. TheCreevekeel Tombs to the North were worth a visit, as was Glencar Falls and Knocknarea hike.
Jean
United States of America
September 10, 2017
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Exceptional
Beautiful town. Everything is built around one and another. All in walking distance so it's excellent for those without a car. Great food, scenery and nightlife. I'l definetlty be back to Sligo .
Rebecca
Ireland
September 12, 2017
10
Exceptional
Great town Fantastic Hamilton Art Gallery Fantastic Model Gallery Great pub ,Hargadons Everything close Love the Yeats memorials
Sorca
Ireland
September 9, 2017
10
Exceptional
Gorgeous scenery. People were so friendly. Relaxed and pleasant air in the whole place. Would recommend Molly Fulton and the venue for food. Rosses point for scenery and lough gill and glencar for scenery
Susan
United Kingdom
September 14, 2017
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Exceptional
The downtown is walkable. Nice shops and lots of pubs. Good traditional music. Nearby historic sites in Drumcliff and Carrowmore.
Eugene
Canada
September 14, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Sligo

Riverside Hotel

9.1 Wonderful

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$102

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The Glasshouse

8.9 Excellent

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$114

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Clayton Hotel & Leisure Club Sligo

8.1 Very Good

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$95

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Sligo City Hotel

8.4 Very Good

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$107

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Radisson BLU Hotel & Spa, Sligo

8.9 Excellent

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$96

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Sligo Park Hotel & Leisure Club

8.2 Very Good

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$102

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Great Southern Hotel Sligo

8.2 Very Good

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$90

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Strandhill Lodge and Suites

9.5 Exceptional

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$83

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Yeats Country Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club

7.7 Good

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$72

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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

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Sligo for food?

There are loads of places to eat in Sligo. Everything from budget food to gourmet. It even has an Italian Quarter

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.

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What made the beach in Sligo unforgettable?

long stretch of sandy beaches ideal for walking

a few more rest seating areas

Plenty of music around

Dargan castle

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