Located on the banks of the River Garavogue, Sligo Town is the pulse of the Ireland’s north-west. It is packed with a wide array of offerings for the visitor; from extensive retail therapy to therapeutic seaweed baths, and from art galleries to a diverse range of outdoor activities.
The name Sligo, is from the Irish name – Sligeach – which literally translates into shelly place. The waters which surround Sligo town have an abundant supply of shellfish. The town is thought to date back to 1245, when a castle was erected by Maurice Fiztgerald, who was the Lord Chief Justice of Ireland at that time.
Sligo Town Attractions
Sligo County Museum, Stephen Street Sligo
Home to The Yeats Room, memorabilia and artefacts associated with Countess Markievicz, plus her sister – Eva Gore-Booth and paintings by well known artists, Sligo Country Museum is one not to miss.
See the complete collection of W.B. Yeats’ poems between 1889 and 1936, as well as a copy of his Nobel Prize winning medal of 1923, along with photographs, manuscripts, newspaper cuttings and letters.
Enjoy paintings by his brother, Jack B. Yeats, as well as the paintings of other important Irish artists Sean Keating and George Russell.
The museum is closed on Mondays and Sundays.
Phone: 00353 (0) 71 9111679
The Model Arts Centre, The Mall, Sligo
Originally built as a Model School in 1862, today the Model Arts Centre is home to the Niland Collection, which is one of Ireland’s most important art collections. The award winning building has been extended twice, once in 2000 and again in 2010.
Truly a world class visitor centre and one of Ireland’s top contemporary arts centres, it has a reputation for experimental, urgent programming. Projects such as contemporary religion and war have been featured, alongside some of the most important International and Irish artists.
The Niland Collection features works of Louis LeBrocquy, John and Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry and Estella Solomons.
The Model Arts Centre also runs educational school tours, art classes and the Sligo Children’s Book Festival. On a Wednesday morning the centre invites parents to bring their toddlers for a workshop of art, craft, child development and nutrition.
Other attractions at the centre include comedy, music, cinema and exhibitions.
Opening Hours: 10.00am til 5.30pm – Tuesday to Saturday
12.00pm til 5.00pm – Sunday
Phone: 00353 (0) 71 9141405
W.B. Yeats Statue, Stephen Street, Sligo
Outside the Ulster Bank there is a bronze statue of Yeats, created by Rohan Gillespie. Unveiled by his son Michael in 1989, to commemorate his death, this is something else not to miss in Sligo. Yeats was born on 13th June 1865, and he attended the National College of Art and Design from 1884 til 1886.
He is one of the 20th century’s foremost figures of literature. He won a Nobel Prize in Literature.
In the latter part of his life he served as an Irish Senator. Although he died in France he wanted to be brought back to Ireland and you can also visit the WB Yeats Resting Place Drumliff.
Yeats Memorial Building and Art Gallery, Douglas Hyde Bridge, Sligo
There is a permanent exhibition running throughout the years as well as an impressive library, in this wonderful 19th century red brick building. Today it is home to the Yeats Society Sligo as well as being the headquarters of the International Yeats Society.
In the summer of 2013 it hosts the 54th Yeats International Summer School Gathering, with a distinguished line-up of lecturers.
Opening Hours: 10.00 am til 5.00pm – Monday to Friday (closed for lunch 1pm to 2pm)
Phone: 00353 (0) 71 9142780
Horse riding – there are a variety of beach side stables in the area
Island View Riding Stables – horse riding throughout the year
Phone: +353 (0)71 9166156
See the eagles flying – at the sanctuary of birds of prey and owls
Phone: +353 (0)71 9189310
Phone: +353 (0)71 9171905
Walking tours from Rosses Point, which are organised by experienced mountain and hill walkers.
For further information about these attractions and things to do Rosses Point, click on the links above or below.
If you want to go walking in Rosses Point, then there is a private, experienced walking tour guide for Rosses Point
Contact: John Ryan
Phone: 086 260 3665
Bus Tours – these are run by Discover Sligo
Phone: +353 (0)71 9147488
Rose of Inisfree Boat Trip, Fivemilebourne, Co. Leitrim
View the Isle of Inisfree on Lough Gill, one of Ireland’s most beautiful lakes. This boat trip departs from the Century Parkes Castle. The area is steeped in myth and natural beauty, and there are poetry recitals and live commentary on board. You can also enjoy home-baking, a full bar, snacks and tea and coffee.
Phone: 00353 (0) 71 9164266
Inishmurray Island Tours
Romantic, mysterious tours to the mystical, remote island of Inishmurray, 4 miles off the Sligo Coast. Get on board the fast mv Excalibur.
The island is preserved as both a wildlife sanctuary and early Christian site. Keith will talks you through the area’s secrets during the trip.
Sligo Farmers Market, Sligo Institute of Technology Car Park, Sligo
Saturday 10.00am til 2.00pm
Organic produce such as fruit, vegetables, meat alongside cheese, fresh fish and some home-baking
Beltra Country Market, Beltra, Sligo
Saturday 10.00am til 12.00 noon
This market sells only produce that has been made or produced by those selling it. There is a great range available plus a varied schedule of creative workshops for children running each month. The setting is an attractive community hall, which is around 100 years old.
Phone: 00353 (0) 71 9142738 – Mobile: 087 254 0190