Sligo Dark Tales

Explore the darker side of Sligo’s past with this fascinating evening tour.

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 in the nineteenth century.

The tour starts on Sligo’s riverfront at the Riverside Hotel – this area was once known as Armstrong’s Row.

This tour is full of stories of real events involving crime, punishment and adult content features on this tour, so it’s not for the faint of heart or younger ears, parental discretion advised.

Scheduled public tours run at the weekends.

Grim tales with dark humour!

Executions and criminals, in the locations where many of Sligo’s grim events happened.

Dark tales told at dusk!

Better than a ghost tour as all the tales are from real events.

Booking Tickets

Booking a ticket on the tour in advance is preferable to reserve your place on the tour and avoid disappointment. Please book a ticket in advance using Eventbrite. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before departure time to pay and receive your ticket. Tour will start promptly at 7.30 pm.

Bram Stoker Dracula Book Cover

Autumn Starting Time: 7.30 pm (25th August to 27th October)

The following tour dates are open to the general public, please book a ticket in advance to ensure your place is reserved.

Scheduled public tour dates:

Saturday 25th August
Saturday 22nd September
Saturday 27th October


Duration: 1.5 hours
Distance: Approx 2 km
Difficulty: Mostly flat, along the town streets. Wheelchair accessible.
Start: Meet at the Mill Bar, Riverside Hotel, Abbeyquarter Nth, Sligo
End: The tour concludes on John Street, Sligo
Cost: €10 euros per Adult – Minimum of two to run the tour.

Book Tickets online.

When: Saturday 7.30 pm (Various dates from 30th June to 27th October or contact us to book other dates)

Bookings for other tour days and times are available on request.

Email: or Mobile: 353 851735103


Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Riverside Hotel, Mill Bar, Riverside, Sligo. Your guide will be wearing a green lanyard badge.


Drop Off

We finish the tour on John Street in the centre of the town. The guide will be happy to answer any questions you may have or recommend other places to visit on your trip.

Things to Bring

You only need to bring things for your own comfort while outdoors for 1 – 2 hours.

Ireland is known for its inclement range of weather conditions – we can have four seasons in the one day – so check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Best to bring a rain jacket or umbrella just in case. Where possible we will try to conduct the tour stops in a sheltered location.

Comfortable walking shoes are essential.



Your friendly, knowledgeable guide with lots of stories accompanied by old images, maps and photographs to enhance the storytelling.


Additional Information

Parking available at a number of locations throughout the town, daily charge of €2.50. See Sligo County Council parking for more information and locations. Parking is available nearby at St Anne’s/Abbey car park on Abbey Street. Parking in the evenings after 6.30 pm is free.


Cancellation Policy

You can cancel and receive a refund up to 30 days before the event.

If it is after 30 days, please give two days notice, and we can offer alternative tour dates if you cannot attend on the tour date booked.