There is lots to see and do around Sligo. One of the giants of both English and Gaelic literature is W.B Yeats who is thought to be buried in the graveyard of St Columba's Church, Drumcliff, a beautiful Georgian building erected in 1810. The graveyard also boasts a ninth century high cross and just across the road are the remains of a round tower which would have been part of a 6th century monastic complex thought to have been founded by St Colmcille.
For those interested in prehistory Sligo boasts a large and fascinating Neolithic landscape. This includes Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery an archaeological site containing 30 megalithic tombs, Carrowkeel megalithic passage tomb complex and Creevykeel Court Tomb. The resting place of the mythical Queen Maeve is said to be located in the magnificent cairn on the summit of Knocknarea mountain which also boasts commanding views of the surrounding countryside.
Eight miles north of Sligo town is Benbulbun mountain a challenging climb for those of a more adventurous nature!
Arts and entertainment in Sligo Town
The Model is an award winning building home to the Niland Art Collection featuring works by John and Jack B. Yeats, Estella Solomons, Paul Henry and Louis Le LeBrocquy among others.
The Hawkswell Theatre is host to an impressive programme of entertainment that includes both professional and amateur drama as well as a diverse range of music, children's theatre and comedy.
The Gaiety Cinema is a 12 screen cineplex showing all the latest movie releases.
There are a number of excellent pubs and restaurants including Hargadons pub and restaurant, Connollys bar and Bistro Biancco
The Sligo Live Festival is taking place on the 23rd to 28th of October 2013.