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.

Interactive tour

The tour starts on Sligo’s riverfront at the Riverside Hotel – this area was once known as Armstrong’s Row. 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 adult content features on this tour, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Older children are welcome but parental discretion is advised and children should be accompanied by an adult.

Scheduled public tours run at the weekends.

Grim tales, 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

As each guest on the tour helps to tell the story, tour numbers are limited. Booking a ticket in advance is advisable to reserve your place and ensure you receive a tour badge. Please book a ticket in advance using either My Ticket Ireland for different ticket type options (Adult/Child/Student/Concession) or through Eventbrite for a standard ticket.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure time to receive your tour badge and/or to pay for bookings made by email/phone. Tickets can be paid by card on the night using Sumup. Tour will start promptly at 7 pm from outside the Mill bar, Riverside Sligo.

Bram Stoker Dracula Book Cover


Scheduled public tour dates:

Scheduled public tour dates will recommence in Spring 2019, running on Saturday evenings in Sligo town.

Private/Group tours can be organised during the off-season on various dates, please contact us to arrange by clicking on the contact link below.

Sligo Dark Tales – ITINERARY

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Distance: Approx 2 km
Difficulty: Mostly flat, town streets. Wheelchair accessible.
Start: Meet outside the Mill Bar, Riverside Hotel, Sligo
End: The tour concludes on John Street, Sligo
Cost: Adult: €10

Child: €5 (when  accompanied by an Adult)

Students/Seniors/Concession: €7

(Minimum of four to run the tour)

When: Private/group tours can be arranged on various dates.

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

For queries, please email: or Mobile: 353 851735103


Meeting point

Meet your guide outside the Mill Bar (Riverside Hotel), 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, see Sligo County Council parking for more information and locations. Parking is available nearby to our meeting point at the Abbey car park on Abbey Street and St Anne’s car park. Parking in the evenings after 6.30 pm is free.


Cancellation Policy

You can cancel and receive a refund up to 7 days before the event.