Sligo Region, Connaught
Sligo, Connaught Ireland
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River Shannon
Former fishing town which dates with to 13th Century
Did you know?
Ireland’s largest megalithic burial site is actually in Sligo.
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Sligo is the largest town in the North-West and dates back to the 13th century. It is nestled in a truly stunning and scenic countryside and can very easily compete with Killarney... without the crowd! This former fishing town is built on several gravel ridges giving it an interesting and cosy appearance and centres around its five bridges. It is nowadays a thriving and lively little town steeped in tradition with its many pubs offering live music and its traffic-free streets with its many restaurants.

Activities in Sligo

Sligo Abbey, founded in 1252 is Sligo’s most beautiful historic building. It was built by the Normans it is the only medieval building which survives in the city. The site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, well preserved cloister and the only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was built in 1858 and its style can be best described as Renaissance Romanesque. One of the most interesting things in this cathedral is the stunning lighting effects. A visit in the morning or in the evening is recommended in order to fully enjoy your visit.

St. John’s Church shows some elaborations on the Cassels theme, the chief ones dating from 1812, when changes were made intended to transform it into a Gothic edifice. 

Sligo County Museum is divided between a Yeats Collection and an accumulation of local artefacts and geological samples, showing Sligo's rich heritage from the stone-age to the present. There is also memorabilia associated with Countess Markieviczwho fought in the Easter rising of 1916.

If you’re visiting Sligo in the summer, you might want to take a dip in the sea! Rosses Point Beach is a Blue Flag Beach located in the village of Rosses Point. It is ideal for walking or swimming and has stunning views.

What's near to Sligo

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, situated just 10 minutes away from Sligo Town, is the largest and one of the most significant megalithic sites in Europe. There you can find over 60 tombs, and the oldest is older than the Egyptian pyramids! There is a very interesting exhibition about the site housed in a restored cottage.

Whilst exploring the surrounding area, you can visit the ruins of the 14th-century Ballindoon Abbey, a Dominican priory built in 1507. The architecture of the building is quite unique because it was built entirely in one architectural style, the Middle English Gothic aesthetic. The remains consist of a church with a nave, chancel, and tower.

Ballymote Castle, begun in 1300 by the Anglo-Norman, was the last and the strongest of the Norman castles in Connaught. A large rectangular “keepless” castle, it is almost square in plan with massive round towers at each angle and is nearly completely symmetrical.

Knocknarea Mountain is situated just 4 miles west of Sligo Town, in the area of the Strandhill Peninsula. From its top of 1078 feet high, you can enjoy a breath-taking view of Sligo. It takes less than an hour on foot to get to the top and it is totally worthwhile.

Sligo Folk Park
, located in the beautiful village of Riverstown, provides a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the late 19th century. The Folk Park is set in the grounds of the authentically restored Millview House, which was originally built in 1873.
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