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Welcome to Laois

Welcome to the county of Laois, located in Ireland’s midlands. Laois is one of Ireland’s fastest growing counties and has a vibrant hub of Midlands culture with a variety of pubs, shops and accommodation to choose from. The county`s central location makes it an ideal option to stay when looking to explore Ireland. Laois itself is home to one of Ireland`s greenest walking trails which will take you through the picturesque Slieve Bloom Mountains. If hiking feels too demanding why not take in the green views of the mountains from afar at the medievil settlement of The Rock of Dunamase which also houses the Dunamase Castle. While Laois boasts some of Ireland`s more scenic and historical points of interest, it is also the ultimate example of Irish Arts festivals with the Electric Picinic Music and Arts Festival taking place in Stradbally every September. 

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  • 1.19km to City/Town Centre

    Abbeyleix Manor Hotel

    The 3-star Great National Abbeyleix Manor Hotel offers a relaxing and ideal base to explore the hidden beauties of County Laois and the Midlands of Ireland. The charming town of Abbeyleix is located within walking distance. The hotel boasts en-suite bedrooms, each tastefully decorated and designed to offer ample living space maintaining a cosy and relaxing sleeping space. The hotel is 8 km from Portlaoise town centre, with easy access to Dublin and Cork cities. Full Irish breakfasts are served each day, and guests can enjoy dinner in the cosy Manor Bistro Bar, which offers a varied a la carte menu - one of the best dining experiences in Laois. Free car parking combined with efficient and friendly service, free internet access, this hotel is the ideal venue for celebrations, conferences and family getaways. Please Note: Internet Access is room dependent.

    Address: Cork Road, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois

    • Heywood Gardens - km
    • Rock of Dunamase - km
  • 0.18km to City/Town Centre

    Midlands Park Hotel

    The All New Midlands Park hotel (formerly Portlaoise Heritage Hotel)are in the final stage of renovations. Our bar and restaurant have been relocated for your convenience during this period. Explore the Heart of Ireland from the 4* Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise Town Centre. Luxury in the heart of the Midlands, this sophisticated urban setting is perfect for business or pleasure.Designed to reflect style, planned with meticulous care to deliver service excellence, the 4*Midlands Park Hotel has earned itself the reputation of being one of the most sought after Laois hotels. We offer our guests an uncompromising level of service, personal yet efficient. We know that the welcome you receive and the service you enjoy will give you every reason to return to this deluxe, 4 star hotel in the heart of Ireland. We are set in the perfect location for you to 'Explore the Heart of Ireland' with only a 5 minute walk from Portlaoise Train Station allowing you excellent access from all over Ire

    Address: Town Centre, Portlaoise, Co. LaoisR32 KV20

    • Emo Court House - km
    • Rock of Dunamase - km
  • 1.77km to City/Town Centre

    The Heritage Killenard

    The Heritage Killenard is sophisticated elegance and impeccable hospitality set in wonderful un-spoilt Laois Countryside. This Hotel presents Spa, Conference & Banqueting, Bar & Restaurant. The Heritage Hotel also offers guests a number of on site activities such as our Health Club with Leisure Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam rooms, Tennis Court, 5 km Walking Track, Children's Games Room, Playground & Trim Trail.

    Address: Killenard, Co. Laois

    • Heywood Gardens - km
    • Emo Court House - km

Things to See & Do

Landmarks

  • Rock of Dunamase
  • Emo Court House
  • Heywood Gardens
  • Port of Larne
  • Port of Cork

Things to Do

  • Dunamaise Arts Centre: The Dunamaise Arts Centre is a purpose built theatre and arts centre situated in the heart of the midlands. The centre aims to present the best professional performances by touring companies and to develop the arts within the local community. Established in 1999, it has since presented work by all leading major Irish theatre companies, including the Abbey, Druid, Red Kettle, Island, Fishamble and Galloglass.

  • Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum: A memorial museum in Portlaoise which tells the stories of people who lived and died in the workhouses before, during and after the Great Famine. The museum offers guided and self-guided tours to view the various exhibits which aim to explain the socio-economic conditions which led to the establishment of these workhouses.

  • Irish Fly Fishing And Game Shooting Museum: A museum exploring centuries of hunting and fishing in Ireland. Situated in a restored farmhouse just outside Portlaoise town the museum displays a vast variety of rods, reels, guns, tackle, tools and examples of Irish birds and fish. Some of the other exhibits include a fish and game shooting room, trophy room, clay pigeon room, boat house and hatching room. 

  • Rock of Dunamase: Although little more than a few arches remain of the original structure as well as the castle being destroyed some 200 years after it was first built in the 12th century, the Rock of Dunamase remains a brilliant place to go to experience and explore the stunning views of the beautiful surrounding countryside from upon the ruins of this historic castle.

  • Emo Court and Gardens: Designed by architect James Gandon in 1790 for John Dawson, the first Earl of Portarlington. It is renowned for its neo-classical style. It was owned by the Jesuits during the start of the 20th century, Emo Court was then acquired and extensively restored by Mr Cholmeley Harrison in the 1960s. Mr Cholmeley Harrison gifted the estate to the state in 1994.

  • Slieve Bloom Mountains: These Mountains form a natural link between Laois and Offaly. The picturesque and peaceful setting offers some excellent walks and trails that can cater to all fitness levels. A little known fact is that along with the Massif Central in France, Slieve Bloom is the oldest mountain in Europe and was once the highest.