Join us as we explore Sligo’s dark history on a walking tour revealing Sligo’s turbulent past with stories of war, execution, jail-breaks, disease and other macabre tales.

On the tour discover Sligo’s connection to Bram Stoker, the Irish author, best known for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.

Hear how stories of the cholera epidemic inspired Stoker in his writing.

The tragic history of Sligo Abbey that inspired W.B. Yeats.

Grim tales of crime and punishment from the nineteenth century, in many of the locations where the events occurred.

Interactive tour

The tour starts on Sligo’s Riverside Promenade next to the Riverside Hotel, a picturesque river setting that has entertained visitors to the town since the Victorian era. Each guest on arrival receives a tour badge with the name of a person who was once connected to Sligo. Listen out as their stories will be told along the way. Whether there were good or bad in the times they lived, will be for you to decide. Judge Not, Lest ye be judged…

This tour is full of stories of real events involving crime, punishment and some adult content features on this tour, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Older children/teenagers (recommended over 10) accompanied by an adult are welcome but parental discretion is advised. Please note on the tour we occasionally visit a public house (bar/pub) which is an optional part of the tour occurring at the finish.