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Local attractions in Sligo

Local Attractions in Sligo

Sligo is rich in culture and the arts with many local attractions suitable for young and old.

W.B Yeats Memorial Building

Sligo was of course the legendary poet, W.B Yeats’ beloved home for much of his early years and the town certainly marks this accordingly. The W.B Yeats Memorial Building gives an excellent insight into the life of this influential character and exhibits some of his most impressive work. The site is sits idyllically on Hyde Bridge that was built in the early 1850’s.

The Model

The Model, in the heart of Sligo Town, is one of Ireland’s most astounding contemporary arts centres, and home to the famous Niland Collection. The Model attempts to expand the boundaries of Arts in Ireland by exhibiting pieces that tackle sensitive but critical issues, such as war and contemporary religion. It is undoubtedly one not to be missed when discovering Sligo.

Doorly Park

Doorly Park, just a 15 minute walk from Sligo town is Riverside wonder. It was transformed in the 19th Century from a wet land to a semi-wild landscaped park. The nature trails around the lakes and woodlands here provide access to very rare plant life and outstanding views.

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

This is one of the largest and most historically significant megalithic sites in Europe. The tombs here are older than the Egyptian Pyramids, and predate New Grange by around 700 years. The site is accessible for all.

St. John’s Cathedral

St. John’s Cathedral in Sligo town is a beautiful Cathedral from the 18th Century, built on the site of a 13th Century hospital and Parish. It is thought that the West Tower contains remnants of the original structure. This Cathedral was W.B Yeats’s parent’s place of marriage, and the grave of his Mother’s parents is located on the grounds also.

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