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Sligo Walking Tours

Uncover Sligo's hidden history with our immersive walking tours. Led by historian and guide Mel Ni Mhaolanfaidh.

Our tours delve into the intriguing social history and dark tourism of Sligo town, set against the rugged beauty of Ireland’s north-west along the Wild Atlantic Way. Whether you’re tracing your Irish ancestry or simply curious about the tales that shaped this captivating corner of Ireland, join us to reveal the fascinating stories of Sligo’s past.

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Expert Historian

Unravel Sligo’s past with a specialist.

Literary Insight

Dive into tales of Irish literature.

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Mel is a member of the Independent Tour Guides Association

Mel’s Unique Heritage Insights

Personalised Sligo exploration.

Expert Guide

6 years of confident, insured tours.


Our Tours

Dark Tales Tour
Dark Tales Tour

Sligo’s past is filled with stories of the undead, executions, jailbreaks, disease and other macabre tales.

  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Suitable for: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups
  • Price: Starting from €20
Stoker Tour
Stoker Tour

Did you know that the novel Dracula has Sligo connections?

  • Duration: 90 - 120 minutes
  • Suitable for: Groups
  • Price: Starting from €20
Port & River Tour
Port & River Tour

This tour covers the history of the Port of Sligo and the Garavogue River and its impact on the development of Sligo and takes in local landmarks....

  • Duration: 90 - 120 minutes
  • Suitable for: Groups
  • Price: Starting from €20
Sligo Literary Tour
Sligo Literary Tour

Explore Sligo’s rich literary heritage on our walking tour.

  • Duration: 90 -120 minutes
  • Suitable for: Groups
  • Price: Starting from €20
Why take a tour with us?

Hear authentic stories from a local history expert

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Guided by Local Experts

Immerse yourself in authentic insights with expert-led tours by locals.

Fully Narrated Tour

Engage in a journey enriched with storytelling, bringing every moment to life.

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Rely on recommendations backed by the experiences of our valued patrons.

Private & Personal

Enjoy an exclusive and personalised experience, tailored to your preferences.

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Group Experience!

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Private Tours

Discover Sligo with our group walking tours! Perfect for friends, families, or corporate outings, our guided tours offer an engaging and informative experience. Explore historic sites, enjoy scenic views, and learn fascinating stories. Book your group tour today for an unforgettable adventure!

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Enhance your students' learning with our educational school walking tours in Sligo! Our expert guides bring history and culture to life with engaging stories and interactive experiences. Perfect for all ages, these tours provide a fun and educational adventure. Book your school tour today!

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See What Customers Are Saying About Our Tour

Interesting tour of the town!

Melissa has a wealth of information of the area and is an enthusiastic storyteller which enabled us to feel connected to the local area. She was very patient with all of our questions and we enjoyed every minute of this tour. I would highly recommend to anyone.

December 23, 2023
Interesting tour!

A very interesting time listening to stories about the city and its history while seeing the actual locations and buildings. A worthwhile experience.

January 24, 2024

What an interesting time exploring Sligo while hearing stories about the past and how that affected current times throughout Ireland and the UK. Well worth it. The time went by so quickly.

May 22, 2024

Melissa took us on a grand tour of Sligo. She was very knowledgeable and engaging, allowing us to ask many questions. We saw it all in just a few hours.

May 2, 2024

Melissa was a fun and knowledgeable guide as we wandered through the streets of Sligo, hearing some great dark tales in the history of this charming town. She took a great interest in my ancestors’ Sligo history and even sent us some pages mentioning our family name!

January 2, 2024

Highly recommend for anyone, wanting to learn more history about Sligo, I had no idea how much history was here, even some of the battles that went down. And the ties to Dracula. The tour guide was absolutely incredibly knowledgeable, I would also recommend this for anyone who lives in Sligo. As even my bed-and-breakfast host did not know about all of the history, and said she herself wanted to go. I will say that you have to be able to stand on your feet and walk a little bit of distance, so this probably wouldn’t be good for someone elderly and less they were in a wheelchair. But either way, I am more than confident that they could be accommodated in someway.

January 4, 2022

There is not enough stars on this app to rate the excellence of this tour. I never experienced such an amazing guided tour of Sligo. Melissa is such a passionate guide and a wonderful human being, she gave me a private tour for almost 3 hours ! And time just flew quickly as all her stories were so deeply fascinating. This tour was the most amazing I had in my whole life, I can’t recommend this enough. Melissa definitely knows how to bring the past back to life ! Just brilliant thank you so much.

May 4, 2017

We did this tour last night with our great guide Melissa. She was very friendly and knowledgeable about Sligo and its history. She kept the tour going out a very even pace, so that there were no problems keeping up. She also made it fun by assigning us all a character out of Sligo history, and we got to learn about all of these people, and the events of this amazing town. While the tour does focus on some dark and macabre subjects, it is not too scary for kids, except a little trip through a graveyard. I don’t want to get away too many spoilers, but if you are in Sligo, don’t miss his tour if you are looking for something to do in the evening, especially since many of the businesses close early. But I really was a great time! Thank you, Melissa!

May 8, 2013

Brilliant tour highly recommend it Mel was lovely and very knowledgeable. 2 hours went by very quickly time flies when you are having fun lovely guide great tour

May 12, 2010

Mel was absolutely amazing. It was a dark and stormy night…seriously, it really was. But, she made the walk well worth it. 100% recommended!

February 9, 2016

Absolutely a great tour! It was a great introduction to the city for my family and I and it was well thought out and delivered by our guide Melissa! I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a introduction to the history of some of Sligos famous authors and offbeat characters!

Wade H.
March 14, 2013

We did the “Sligo Dark Tales” walking tour with Melissa as our tour guide. Learned a lot about the history of Sligo and some very interesting stories Melissa shared with us. I highly recommend taking this tour with Melissa.

Ken K.
October 8, 2014

Walking tours are my favorite way to learn about a new city, and this one was really enjoyable! Melissa is very knowledgeable about Sligo’s past, and told some very engaging stories as we roamed around the town. We felt like a part of history.

Ken H.
November 19, 2010

I took the Sligo Dark Tales Walking Tour my first day in both Ireland and Sligo. My guide Melissa provided an engaging, detailed, and extensive tour. I learned so much about the town, and felt immersed in what it might feel like to live there. Melissa was also very knowledgable and informative on W.B. Yeats, and his family, who I happen to be there to study. The tour provided historical photos as well, helping me to picture the history with out the modern qualities. Over all I highly recommend this tour. It was incredibly fun, and I would absolutely take it again. Thank You Melissa!

Lily E.
February 8, 2013
Exploring Sligo

A Stroll Through History

Start Point

Riverside, Sligo Town Centre

End Point

O'Connell St, Knappagh Beg, Sligo Town Centre