I love Sligo and my perfect time for exploring is on a cloudy day, I find the changing light makes the stunning scenery even more spectacular. We do get our fair share of rain though and although I’ve often heard it said that there’s no such thing as bad weather only unsuitable clothing, sometimes it’s nice to escape the elements and do indoor activities so here are some suggestions:
Take to the water. No worries about the rain there. Check out The Sligo Hub guide to water activities.
Catch a movie. Sligo Omniplex have most of the latest releases showing. In nearby Bundoran you can check out Eclipse Cinema – they have a brand new Director’s Lounge with reclining seats, and you can even order pizza! Also nearby is Carrick Cineplex, a lovely cinema with a coffee shop.
Visit a gallery. Sligo town is home to some beautiful art galleries, including The Model, Hamilton Gallery, Hyde Bridge Gallery and Weir Gallery. Made in Sligo- Craft Collective This collective represent the best design and craftsmanship Sligo has to offer, promoting high-end craft to national and international audiences – you’ll find them in Henry Lyons. In Drumcliffe you can find Teach Ban Gallery. In Rathcormac you can visit Branley’s Yard – home to a number of creatives – read all about them here. Most are not open all year round, but most are closed on Sunday so check opening hours.
Sligo Museum. It may be small but it has some fascinating artefacts. Free admission and well worth a look. Not open on Sunday.
Find out about Yeats. The Yeats Memorial Building has a lovely exhibition about the late, Great, poet. Open all year round with a nominal admission fee.
Visit the libraries. Although you need to be a member to borrow books anyone is welcome to visit. The local papers and some magazines are there for visitors to read and of course you can browse books too. Check opening hours as they vary. They also run a number of events.
Get your skates on. Zero Gravity skate park is indoors and has equipment for hire so skate away the afternoon.
Indoor fun for the kids. There are two indoor fun centres in Co. Sligo. Five Star Fun in Grange and Funny Bones in Collooney. Opening hours vary. Nearby Bundoran has bowling and amusements for all the family.
Take a trip down memory lane at Sligo Folk Park. This is of interest for all ages – there’s an audio tour and more. Read my blog for inspiration. https://magnumlady.com/2021/07/03/sligo-folk-park-revisited/
Watch the birdie. Eagles Flying in Ballymote is open from April to October and has an indoor area so rain isn’t an issue.
To the market. At the weekends you’ll find several markets in Sligo – most of them are under cover including Rathcormac, Beltra, Achonry, Strandhill and Cliffoney. Check opening times as some close for the Winter. Read my post to find out more about them, including a map: https://magnumlady.com/2022/05/27/the-sligo-markets/
Go to the theatre. The Hawk’s Well theatre host various shows, comedy and music events and they also have workshops for all ages. The Model, Sligo also host regular events.
There is live music every night of the week and John the Map has a fantastic gig guide that’s updated weekly. Click here for details.
If it isn’t raining, or you don’t mind getting wet, have a read of my bumper things to do in Sligo blog post: https://magnumlady.com/2021/06/16/things-to-do-in-sligo/
Let me know if you have any other suggestions.