A tranquil town in north-west Ireland, Sligo is famous for its connection to Ireland’s beloved poet William Butler Yeats. Mythology, art and history merge with majestic mountains, rushing rivers and crystal-clear fishing lakes in Sligo.
Things to do in Sligo
Featured in the work and life of W.B. Yeats, Sligo celebrates the poet in several ways. You can visit his grave at the Church of Ireland cemetery in Drumcliff or study his works through lectures at Yeats Memorial Building, which also hosts an art gallery. A life-sized sculpture of Yeats stands across the Garavogue River.
Architecture in Sligo dates back to the 13th century, including the masterpiece High Altar at Sligo Abbey and sculptures from Gothic and Renaissance periods. Tour Parkes Castle, a 17th-century fortification on the shores of Lough Gill, to view old gaol cells at the courthouse building.
Admire the renowned Niland Collection and contemporary pieces from Irish artists at The Model arts centre. Located inside the old rectory, the County Museum features personal letters, works and photographs of Yeats in addition to paintings by his brother, Jack Butler Yeats.
Spend a day surrounded by nature at Benbulben Mountain or Dooney Rock, which are both featured in various Celtic tales. Drive 15 minutes to Lough Gill to go birdwatching or angling for salmon and trout.
Getting around Sligo
Trains, buses and shuttles operate within Sligo and surrounding areas. You can rent a car just outside the city limits at Sligo Airport or at Ireland West Airport Knock in Charlestown, about 55 kilometres away.