Sligo Town

Top things to do

Top ChoicePub Food in Sligo Town


You'll have a hard time leaving this superb 1868 inn with its winning blend of old-world fittings and gastropub style. The uneven floors, peat fire, antique signage, snug corners and bowed shelves laden down with...

Top ChoiceGallery in Sligo Town


The Model houses an impressive collection of contemporary Irish art including works by Jack B Yeats (WB's brother and one of Ireland's most important modern artists) and Louis le Brocquy.

Top ChoiceIce Cream in Sligo Town


Local hero Fabio makes arguably Ireland's best Italian gelato and sorbets from mostly local and natural ingredients. The frequently changing flavour offer is remarkable: from white chocolate and pistachio crunch...

Top ChoiceIrish in Sligo Town

Lyons Cafe

The cafe in Sligo’s flagship department store, Lyons, first opened in 1926, but the food served in the airy, 1st-floor eatery is bang up to date. Acclaimed chef and cookbook author Gary Stafford offers a fresh...

Top ChoiceBooks in Sligo Town


The section on local literary legend WB Yeats at this fabulous bookshop is extensive; staff are also happy to advise on books about County Sligo's history and other local authors. There's an eclectic range of...

Historic Building in Sligo Town

Sligo Abbey

This handsome Dominican friary was built around 1252 but burned down in the 15th century, to be later rebuilt. Friends in high places saved the abbey from the worst ravages of the Elizabethan era, and rescued the...

French in Sligo Town


Tucked away on a back road by the market sits an excellent French restaurant serving unpretentious but top-quality food. The menu spotlights local meats, but seafood lovers are well catered for too. Book ahead.

Gallery in Sligo Town

Michael Quirke's Studio

Don’t miss a chat with woodcarver, raconteur and local legend Michael Quirke as he hand-carves his wooden creations. Opening times can vary, so take a look at what's on display in the window if he's popped out.

Books in Sligo Town


A treasure trove of titles, from duffed-up Asimov to Dylan Thomas, and Sylvia Plath to Primo Levi, share space on stuffed shelves in Bookmart, overseen by friendly, helpful staff.

Museum in Sligo Town

Yeats Memorial Building

In a pretty setting in a former 1895 bank, the WB Yeats Exhibition has details of his life, draft manuscripts and special summer programs. Admission includes a tour of the collection.

Japanese in Sligo Town

Miso Sligo

The exterior in a modern block may look uninviting, but the Japanese/Korean food here is good. To gyoza (dumplings) add good sushi and excellent miso ramen.

Museum in Sligo Town

Sligo County Museum

The major draw of Sligo's small county museum is the Yeats room, which features photographs, letters and newspaper cuttings connected with WB Yeats. Also on display are paintings by his brother, Jack B Yeats,...

Cafe in Sligo Town

Kate's Kitchen

Only the best local foodstuffs are served at this welcoming, contemporary cafe-store. All the ingredients for a prime picnic are there along with prepared foods. The tiny cafe is a cheery spot for punchy coffee...

Cultural in Sligo Town

Tread Softly

Poetry, music, drama and art characterise this 10-day celebration of the life and work of WB Yeats.

Pub in Sligo Town

Harp Tavern

This all-around good pub has a glowing stove, a genuinely welcoming vibe, good bar food and live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. See the Facebook page for updates on upcoming gigs.

Bridge in Sligo Town

Hyde Bridge

This central stone bridge spanning the River Garavogue was built in 1845. It was originally named after Queen Victoria, then re-named after the first President of Ireland in 1947.

Deli in Sligo Town

Gourmet Parlour

Great simple food is the theme at this diet-busting bakery and shop. Expect excellent tarts, jams and cakes, cracking soda bread and a delectable apple pie.

Pub in Sligo Town

Thomas Connolly

Join the locals amid the faded photos, mottled mirrors, craft beer and live music ranging from trad to jazz at this magnificent historic pub.