Sligo, with its stunning lanes, ancient ruins and enchanting light, bewitched poet WB (William Butler) Yeats and the town became something of a muse for him. Yeats spent time in Sligo as a child, and its landscape, folklore and rich history stayed in his imagination and continued to inspire his work long after he left.
Guests of the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo are in the perfect spot to reach must-see places like the Yeats Memorial Building in Sligo’s town centre (which celebrates his life and work), the fantastic Sligo County Museum and the official Yeats Society’s visitor centre which hosts talks and events for fans.
The land that inspired Yeats’ poetry
WB Yeats is arguably Ireland’s finest and most loved romantic poet, and his legions of fans flock to Sligo every year in their droves to pay homage to him at his grave, found at the churchyard at Drumcliffe. Stop by the Dooney Rock, which stars in Yeats’ poem 'The Fiddler of Dooney' or be enchanted, just like Yeats was as a boy, by Rosses Point.
Most good hotels in Sligo will be able to suggest places to visit for a walking tour taking in Yeats’ favourite spots, but for a guided tour with Yeats experts, book a day trip with the Yeats Experience.
Stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo
For a hotel in Sligo near all of Yeats’ favourite haunts, visitors should book a room at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo. Unwind in the spa, have a meal and a drink at the hotel’s on-site bar and restaurant or simply relax in the spacious and modern rooms in the midst of Yeats country.