Sligo Abbey is located in the centre of Sligo town, just a 5 minute drive from Clayton Hotel Sligo. It is a Dominican Friary which was founded in the 13th century and contains some amazing carvings which include both Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture.
The Abbey has suffered countless attempts of destruction over the many years, from countless invasions such as the 1642 Rebellion, and was set alight in the 19th Century during a fit of rage by Sir Frederick Hamilton. Astonishingly much of the Abbey survived along with centuries of carvings, Gothic and Renaissance tombs and the only 15th Century High Alter from an Irish Monastery still standing.
When entering the abbey you will be transporting back into an ancient time in Ireland which includes the O’Crean Alter Tomb dating back to 1506, The Belfry Tower, The Choir (where mass would have taken place) and much more. It also houses a sculptured high alter from the 15th century which is the only one to survive to this day in an Irish monastic church.
The site is open from March to October from 10am to 6pm and only €10 for a family admission. It is just a 25 minute walk from Clayton Hotel Sligo, a 5 minute drive and bus services run every 30 minutes. The family can prepare for a fascinating day of exploring Sligo’s ancient past with a hearty Vitality Breakfast in the hotel before setting off. Find out more about some of the incredible family packages Clayton Hotel Sligo currently has on offer and start planning now.
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