What should I bring?
You only need to bring things for your own comfort while outdoors for 2 hours. Flat shoes, an umbrella and rain jacket are advisable.
Ireland is known for its inclement range of weather conditions, please check the local weather forecast and dress accordingly. Best to bring a rain jacket or umbrella just in case. Where possible we will try to conduct some of the tour stops in a sheltered location. If the forecast has changed since you booked, please use the cancel link in your booking email.
In extreme weather conditions (Orange or Yellow weather warning alerts for storms/heavy rain) the tour may need to be cancelled or rearranged and you will receive a full refund. If you booked the tour through a third party such as TripAdvisor/Viator, please contact them directly to cancel or rearrange.
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
How to book a tour?
Sligo Walking Tours runs public group tours (1 to 15 people) seasonally from March to October, click on the green Book Tickets button to check the available tour dates. For private tours or larger group numbers 16 to 30 maximum, please email or use the contact form on the website, stating the tour date/time required and the numbers in your group.
Where can I park?
Parking is available at a number of locations throughout the town, see Sligo County Council parking for more information and locations. Parking is available nearby to our meeting/finishing points at the Abbey Street car park and on John F. Kennedy Parade. Parking in the evenings after 6.30 pm is free and on Sundays/Bank Holidays. Tours conclude in the centre of town near O’Connell Street.
How long is the tour?
The walking tours on average run for 2 hours depending on the pace of the participants and covers about 3.5 kilometres or 2 miles. Be prepared to be on your feet and standing for that length.
Is this a ghost tour?
Sligo Dark Tales is not a ghost tour. It is a walking tour with a dark history theme which focuses on social history, crime and punishment stories and macabre tales. If you have an interest in ghost tales, let the Guide know at the start of the tour and we can sometimes include a few.
Is the tour suitable for children?
The dark tales tour is not recommended for kids under 12. There is a lot of standing and walking. It’s darker history-themed more than ghosts, so it may not hold younger children’s attention for too long. Parental discretion is advised. Private tours for school or club groups etc can be booked and tailored for younger audiences.
Where is the tour meeting/finishing point?
On booking a tour you will be advised of the meeting point. Many of the tours start in the area known as Riverside in Sligo town. This meeting point is next to the Riverside Hotel and Ripples Cafe on the Riverside road, Sligo town, in front of the blue curved pedestrian footbridge called John Fallon bridge which is a 10 minute walk from the town centre. The tour finishes in the town centre near the main street called O’Connell Street. If you’re driving there is car parking nearby at the Abbey Street car park and also on John F. Kennedy Parade near to the start and finishing points.
Can I cancel?
Tours can be cancelled or rearranged up to 24 hours before the start time, we would appreciate if you can give as much notice as possible, Please use the cancel link displayed in your original booking email or you can send an email. If you paid online, you will receive a refund (minus booking fee where applicable). If you booked your tour using a third party site such as Viator/Tripadvisor, please submit a cancellation via their website.