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Sligo Abbey

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Interesting, but a little pricey

We visited the site on a rainy day and it was still very easy to explore and still impressive... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Columbus, Ohio
Interesting ruins

Not the most extensive abbey ruins I’ve seen but interesting nonetheless. It’s a self-guided walk... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2018
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Sligo Abbey Visitor Centre Abbey Street, Sligo F91 K796, Ireland
+353 71 914 6406
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 1, 2012

We visited Saturday 30th June 2012. We'd visited Jerpoint Abbey in Kilkenny and Kilkenny castle, Rothe house and Dunmore cave, so we were aware of the connections between they Wynnes of Hazelwood House and the Butlers, the Earls of Ormond. But also the fine O'Connor...More

8  Thank PeterADH
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

A stunning site in the centre of Sligo town. Perfect for a visit during the summer. I'd personally recommend skipping the tour if you are familiar with similar sites and explore it yourself. Our guide was quite monotonous, his tour sounded very rehearsed and didn't...More

3  Thank MsMitford
sightseerSligo, Manager at Sligo Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2015

Hi MsMitford, thanks for visiting our site; it is stunning, especially on a sunny day as you commented. Sorry you didn't have a perfect tour that day; none of the guides use a script and always try to vary the tour for each visitor. We...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the site on a rainy day and it was still very easy to explore and still impressive. There is a guide that takes you around the point of interest at the site, which was helpful. Finding the lover's knot and ram's head was...More

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Reviewed October 10, 2018

Not the most extensive abbey ruins I’ve seen but interesting nonetheless. It’s a self-guided walk with help from a handout. An interesting picture of friars’s lives.

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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

We stayed at The Glasshouse Hotel and this was an easy, beautiful walk from the hotel. It was founded in 1252 and although it's called Sligo Abbey it's really a Dominican Friary. Nice self walking tour that you can do at your own pace. Beautiful...More

2  Thank cyndyjones47
Reviewed September 21, 2018

Well worth the look through if you have the time. The Abby dates back several centuries and has quite a lot of original intact buildings to give some idea of what it was once like

Thank Philip35
Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

What a fascinating place to go back in time. There are many nooks and crannies to explore while reading about the significance of what you are looking at. It doesn’t take long but it is well worth the effort.

Thank MarkP08
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Think about that as you walk around, this structure has withstood the test of time, even Cromwelian destruction in the 1600's. Here you get to stand and see surviving stone carvings, this is the only remaining sculpted, high-alter in any monastic site in Ireland. Our...More

Thank Steveage
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Convenient, easy walk from the centre, this was an interesting ruin. We were provided with some useful printed material, or you could do a formal tour. Scenic. Photogenic. Especially the Cloisters. Recommended.

Thank SydnTooli
Reviewed August 26, 2018

This is a great stop and site to see. It is pretty intact and in the heart of Sligo. There is a paid parking lot across the street. You wont need to pay more than an hour to visit the site so no need to...More

1  Thank Gary W
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

Can be done either self guided or with a guide! Ruins of an old abbey, lovely to walk around and get a bit of history, very picturesque! Opw site, so is free with the card, card is well worth purchase for anybody who travels around...More

2  Thank peteryeahbuddy22
Reviewed August 1, 2018

Well worth a visit to see the wonderful carvings, Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculptures, well-preserved cloisters, and the only 15th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church. Founded in the 13th century, rich in history. One of my favourite places to visit...More

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January 6, 2018|
Response from Brid O | Reviewed this property |
I checked the website at heritageireland and unfortunately it is only open from 6th April to 18th October.
Lynda J
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Response from paulabM1554NP | Reviewed this property |
I am here and it is closed!!!
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