Sligo Abbey, Sligo

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Sligo Abbey, a ruined abbey in Sligo, Ireland, (officially called the Dominican Friary of Sligo) was originally built in 1253 by the order of Maurice Fitzgerald, Baron of Offaly. It was destroyed in 1414 by a fire, ravaged during the Nine Years' War in 1595 and once more in 1641 during the Ulster Uprising. The friars moved out in the 18th century, but Lord Palmerston restored the Abbey in the 1850s. Currently, it is open to the public.It appears in two short stories by William Butler Yeats: The Crucifixion of the Outcast, set in the Middle Ages, and The Curse of the Fires and of the Shadows describing its destruction in 1641.
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  • If you find yourself in Sligo can't not visit the ruins of the Abbey. Easily accessible from downtown, are faced with ample parking. The cost of the visit is to €4 and you will receive a numbered brochure outlining the highlights of the ruins. The Italian leaves a little to be desired, but does not compromise the understanding. Interesting!
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  • Beautiful old Abbey in the heart of the city. Good price and well laid out and the information was informative and easy to follow for a self-guided tour.  more »
  • The abbey ruins are self-guided, and the information provided by the Abbey is very helpful to follow. The entrance fee is affordable at €5 and takes no more than about an hour to cover all the grounds...  more »
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  • Beautiful spot. Sadly we arrived to late to visit the ruins, but you can still enjoy them from outside.
  • We didn't get inside as the weather was not too good ... We could see it from outside and looks good
  • Well worth a visit. I was very pleased with the tour. I learned a few new pieces of information.
  • Got there too late to go inside (and they closed early, too) but even from outside the wall, it looks pretty cool. Wish we could've learned more.
  • I pass by this all the time. It's a lovely place to see, and very interesting too.

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Where to stay in Sligo

The town of Sligo boasts a number of lovely accommodations, including hostels and guesthouses, while the landscape surrounding the town is dotted with hotels catering to a range of budgets. If you want to surf away your holiday or explore the setting that inspired Yeats, stay in a bed and breakfast in Sligo town along Old Dublin Road. If you prefer to stay in a more natural setting, explore options in the surrounding countryside. In either case, you will be able to access the alluring coast and the town's historical monuments easily.
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