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Top things to do in Sligo, Ireland (Updated 2022)

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  • Benbulbin
  • Sligo Abbey
  • Grange, County Sligo
  • Sligo County Museum and Art Gallery
  • Yeats Society Sligo & Visitors Centre
  • Knocknarea
  • Lough Gil
  • Drumcliffe Parish Church
  • Rosses Point
  • Lissadell House and Gardens
  • Devil’s Chimney
  • Take a Seaweed Bath
  • Classiebawn Castle
  • Thomas Connolly

Benbulbin, The Table Mountain of Ireland

Benbulbin is located in one of the most beautiful regions of Ireland, County Sligo. Benbulbin’s large table-like flat top formation of rock, forms part of the Dartry Mountains. This area is sometimes referred to as Yeats Country. This is due to the Poet William Butler Yeats that spent his childhood holidays in the area. From a young age Yeats studied poetry and found a special interest in irish legends. In the end, Yeats found his final resting place at Drumcliffe Churchyard.

Did you know you can have Benbulbin hanging on your wall?

Sligo Abbey

Maurice Fitzgeral founded Sligo town itself. Since the mid-thirteenth century, the Dominican friary has dominated Sligo town centre. Some of the building from that period has survived the next nine centuries of turmoil. For that reason, Sligo is a must visit on your next trip to Ireland

Sligo Abbey

Grange Village, Sligo

Grange, a village on the N15 national primary road in County Sligo. It is located between the Atlantic Ocean and The poet inspiring Benbulben, the table mountain of Ireland. Streedagh Strand, a well known surfing location with a beautiful large sandy beach is only a short distance away. At Streedagh Strand you will also find three Armada wrecks. Included on your visit you will also find a wonderful slat water lagoon.

A short distance to the north are the towns of Ballyshannon and Bundoran. A surfing and seaside resort which are both bypassed. You can also find the villages of Tullaghan and Cliffoney close by. To the south are Drumcliff, burial place of poet and Nobel laureate W. B. Yeats, and Sligo town.

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Sligo County Museum and Art Gallery

The Sligo County Museum contains a fascinating collection of exhibits. Firstly, detailing Sligo’s rich stone-age history. Secondly, included is a large firkin of 100-year-old bog butter.

The Yeats Room here is full of manuscripts, photographs, letters and newspaper cuttings. These are all associated with the local poet William Butler Yeats. It includes a copy of his 1923 Nobel Prize winning medal and a complete collection of his poems from 1889 to 1936.

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Yeats Society Sligo & Visitors Centre

WB Yeats is Ireland’s greatest poet. He is also considered by many as the finest poet of the twentieth century. His father John Butler Yeats was a renowned portraitist. His sisters were innovative craftworkers and printers. Lastly, his brother Jack Yeats became Ireland’s most celebrated painter.

The Yeats Building in the heart of Sligo. The building is a hub for literary culture and the arts with a permanent Yeats exhibition.

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Knocknarea is a large prominent hill west of Sligo town in County Sligo. It has a height of 327 metres. The hill itself is visually striking as it has steep limestone cliffs and stands on the Cúil Irra peninsula overlooking the Atlantic coast.

If you are interested in walking trails this is a great place for you to visit. Markedly, Here you can find some of the best walks in Ireland.

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Lough Gill

Lough Gill is a freshwater lough mainly situated in County Sligo, but partly in County Leitrim. The Lough provides the setting for William Butler Yeats‘ poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”. Wikipedia

A great way to explore the Lough is with an open boat. Notwithstanding, The Lough is also well know for one of the best spots in Ireland for birdwatching.

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Drumcliffe Parish Church

Drumcliffe is world renowned as the final resting place of William Butler Yeats, Nobel Prize winning poet. Furthermore, it has also been an important religious centre in the north-west of Ireland for at least 1500 years.

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Rosses Point

Rosses Point, the West’s best kept secret

Situated on the north west tip of Europe, Rosses Point stands on the far reaches of the Wild Atlantic.

A picturesque village, it harks back to a simpler time. Obviously. its rugged beauty oozes other worldliness and boasts some of the very best scenery to be found on the Wild Atlantic Way trail.

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Lissadell House and Gardens

The Lissadell Estate is the home of husband and wife Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy and their seven children.

Furthermore, After 70 years of neglect an intensive programme of restoration has taken place in the House, Gardens, Stable Block and grounds since 2004. Especially notable is the fact that this was done without any public funding. Therefore, Lissadell is once again a place of beauty and well worth a visit.

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Devil’s Chimney Sligo Ireland

Sruth in Aghaidh An Aird – The Devils Chimney

Sruth an Aghaidh an Aird is Ireland’s highest waterfall located on the Dartry Mountains in County Sligo in the northwest of Ireland. The waterfall is unusual in having no official English name. Consequently, Sruth in Aghaidh an Aird is an Irish language name meaning “the stream that flows backwards”.

Obviously, there is a great walk here that you should try.

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Take a Seaweed Bath

One of the most popular activities when in Sligo is to take a seaweed bath.

What does a seaweed bath do?

Scientific studies have confirmed that seaweed bathing helps lower body stress and relieve skin conditions (psoriasis, eczema, acne etc). As a matter of fact, it has also been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of muscle aches and joint stiffness (rheumatism and arthritis). Furthermore it is excellent for some circulatory problems.

Enniscrone Seaweed Baths

At Enniscrone Seaweed Baths, you are enjoying the unique experience that is a Seaweed Bath. Additionally, the silky oils are those extracted from seaweed by a simple process. Nothing is added, nothing is taken away, simply natures best . The water in your bath is seawater pumped in from the unpolluted sea waters of the Atlantic. The water comes from the shore just a stones throw away from your bathroom.

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VOYA Seaweed Baths, Strandhill Sligo

“A visit to the VOYA Seaweed Baths in Strandhill will leave your skin silky soft and your mind struggling to remember exactly what “stress” is.”


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Classiebawn Castle

Classiebawn Castle

Classiebawn castle close to the head of Mullaghmore on County Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way. The castle was the holiday home of Louis Mountbatten, a member of the British royal family. He was assassinated close by in 1979. The pair of standing stones erected on the ground below the castle would seem to support the reputed occult interests of Lords Palmerston, Ashley and Mountbatten.

Thomas Connolly

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Your visit would be incomplete without a vist to Sligo’s oldest traditional Irish pub. Here you can also enjoy a live traditional Irish music session.

Live Music

County Sligo, the west coast of Ireland and the country as a whole is world-renowned for its music. We bring together some of the best musicians with regular guest performances.

An evening of live music at Thomas Connolly’s pub Sligo is not to be missed.

Thomas Connoly is also renowned for quality service. The pub shows all the major sports event, has a whiskey bar, a gin experience and a range of craft beers. It just does not get any better.


Last updated May 29, 2023


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Paulo Quicoli

Wednesday 8th of March 2023

You missed the eagles flying!

Kelly Carroll

Tuesday 19th of July 2022

Heading over on September 7th for a couple of weeks. Second trip for us and second trip for one of our traveling companions. Will have two cars and looking forward to some great sights and food and wonderful people.

Peter De Bie

Wednesday 17th of August 2022

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Love To Visit Ireland Admin

Wednesday 20th of July 2022

That's awesome - Good luck with your trip and do enjoy!