Located along the Wild Atlantic Way, Sligo combines a vibrant urban centre with stunning natural beauty. With an added community feel throughout, it’s easy to see why Sligo is such a popular student destination.
There is something to suit every taste and budget in Sligo’s thriving culinary scene. As an established “foodie destination”, you will find everything from sushi, vegan and tapas to Mexican, Italian and Thai. A large selection of chain and independent coffee shops are also waiting to be discovered.
Sligo has every type of night out you can imagine. Whether you are looking for a traditional Irish pub or a trendy cocktail bar, a live music venue or an energetic nightclub, there is something to suit every mood. A ten-screen cinema has all the latest blockbusters whilst The Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model and The Factory host a diverse range of arts and entertainment on a weekly basis.
Known as the shopping capital of the Northwest, Sligo is home to four shopping centres and retail parks. Independent shops are nestled in between popular high street brands, catering for everything from clothes to computers and vintage to vinyl.
You can find up-and-coming acts and established artists at venues all around Sligo on a weekly basis. Lissadell House, which is set to become one of Ireland’s most important music venues, attracts crowds of 15,000 with world-class concerts. Sligo Live and Sligo Jazz Festival are just some of the numerous festivals and concerts which take place throughout the year.
ARTS AND CULTURE
The Model, home of the Niland Collection, is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres. Dance, jazz, theatre and comedy are some of the events hosted by The Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model and The Factory. Famous for its connection to WB Yeats, Sligo is a hub for literary events and home of the Yeats Society. The Coleman Irish Music Centre is a celebration of Irish music, culture and heritage. For those looking to get outside, there are over 5,000 archaeological sites to discover.
An amazing aspect of life in Sligo is that you get the best of both worlds. Just ten minutes from the hustle and bustle of the town centre is breathtaking nature. World class beaches include world class waves, whilst the iconic Benbulben mountain is just one option when you want to get away from it all.
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