Things to Do
Oughaval woods means the wood of the new settlement. The woodland is set out over 150 hectares at the top of The Valley. The destination provides a great walking and running trail through the woodland and is part of the National Heritage Area in Ireland. There were masses conducted here in secret during the penal time and a stone cross was erected in 195. An alter and seating were also erected here to mark the beginning of the millennium.
Stradbally Steam Museum
The steam museum celebrates the steam industry and engines that once ruled Ireland’s railways, built Irish roads and work the the Irish farms for many years.
Inside the museum visitors can see a variety of steam-driven engines including the collection of the mann steam cart which was built in 1918.
Engines made here were hauling raw materials around a track inside the Dublin Guinness Brewery.
It took barrels of stout to the warf on the Liffey, where they were put in boats and taken throughout the world.
Tours available by appointment please contact 086-3890184
Electric Picnic music festival returns to stradbally as the biggest music festival on the country. Electric picnic differs from other festivals in Ireland in that the music choice is more electric than the others mainstream events (it’s history includes international acts such as Kraftwerk, Lilly Allen, Hosier, Florence The Machine, Years & Years, Jess Glynne and manny more).
Dunamace Arts Centre & Theater
Dunamace Center hosts an array of Theater Shows, Films, Musicals, Dance Performances, music Performances and Visual Arts of Ireland. The arts center a a culture and community hub for Laois and it’s the new Home to Laois tourism’s offices.
Ballykilkaven Craft Brewery
Ballykilkaven brewery is one of Ireland’s leading craft breweries and it’s only a few minutes drive from our doorstep.
The brewery hosts private bespoke tours and tastings exclusively for our guests.
100% of the barley used to make the beer is sourced on their own farm.
Barrowline Cruises Vicarstown.
The award winning family run narrow boat & barge hire is based on The Grand Canal at Vicarstown, Co. Laois. There equipped base is ideally located to allow you explore the rillest extent of both The Grand Canal and the river narrow. These waterways provide two totally different cruise experiences..
The Grand Canal Main line at lowtown links you to travel towards Dublin city or go west and travel to the Shannon region and beyond.
Laois Angling Club
Laois Angling Center combines the peace and tranquility of the Irish country side with exceptional game and coarse fishing. The four large spring fed lakes, smrounded by mature woodlands. The lakes are stocked regulariy with brown and rainbow trout, carp and bream ensuring a varied and interesting experience. You can rent all your fishing regalia’on site too!
The modem facilides include large parking area, wheelchair access, tackle hire and light refreshments with picnic and barbecue areas ideal for famili& and Groups. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, the Laois Angling Center , provides the complete fishing experience.
The Irish Fly fishfeg And Gaining Museum.
The Irish Fly Fishing and Game Shooting Museiim explores 300 years of hunting and fishing in Ireland. It is a treat for anyone interested in learning about country Ufe. The museum was founded in 1986 by Walter Phelaii, who comes from a family devoted to fishing. He has restored and adapted a traditional farmhouse to house a collection of vintage rods, reels, guns, tackle, tools and specimens of birds and fish.
The Irish Grand Canal
The Irish Grand Canal is the most Southern of a pair of canals that connect Dublin, in the east of Ireland,with the River Shannon in the west, via Tullamore and a number of other villages and towns, the two canals nearly encircling Dublin’s inner city. The canal can be walked, cycled and kayaked. The last working cargo barge passed through the Grand Canal in 1960. In Laois we claim to have the most abundant stocks along the market town of Athy Unc of the canal ruunuig through Rathangan, Monasterevin, Vicarstown and the market town ofAthy before it joins the River Barrow.
Abbeyleix Heritage Town.
Beginning at the Heritage house on the northern end of the town, passing by the Sensory gardens of Dove House and entering the square dominated by the magnificcntiy restored Market House( now the local library), the visitor can enjoy and appreciate our town. While the biuldmg of the M8 removed the maiority of heavy duty vehicles gomgthrough the town, it Is a great place to shop for the passing motorist or the toimst who might like to linger in our beautiful town. It is a planned estate town built circa 1770 on the instigation of local landlord Viscount De Vesci.
Supcrshoot paint balling at Stradbally Hall
Supcrshot Paintball Stradbally is based on the StradbaIIy Hall estate.
Paintball centre is ideal for a lan day out with the friends or family. The course makes excellent use of the surrounding woodlands and terrain.
The paintbal! centre runs a number of different types of exciting games.
BaIIintubbcrt House and Gardens
Dates back to 1780, Batluitubbert was the birthplace of poet laureate C. Daniel Day Lewis . This historic house with breath taking gardens is available to you for exclusive hire. You can take total advantage and walk the fourteen archers of exquisite gardens. This location is very popular for wedding and film shooting. The Footsbarn theater group and the Band The Frames are some of the well known artist who have performed here.
Known as “the Italian gardens” they are the onlyIrish example of Lutyens work outsideof Dublin. The gardens were completed in 1912. They consist offormal garden lakes, woodland and architectural features, such as gothic gates and artificial ruins,embellished with medieval pieces such as the window taken from Aghaboe Abbey.
The gardens in Heywood remained as structurally intact as they were when they were completed at the turn of the century. The gardens host a number ofevents throughout the year and are been featured in gardening magazines and publications and are now open to the public to explore.
The Slieve Bloom Mountains
The gently rolling hills of the Slieve Bloom Mountams rise from the central plains of Ireland. The area is made up of forests and a blanket bog unique to Ireland, interspersed with hidden valleys of great character and interest to the nature lover.
The mountains also provide a paradise for walkers of all lcvek and have a designated mountain bike track(Bloom E Riders)
Guides can be arranged for walks of a couple of hours to a full day with a picnic lunch or a stop in a friendly pub, or visitors to Birr can enjoy a spectaciilar drive over the mountains.
Stradbally Hall was Built in 1772, the Cosby ancestoral home is located on 550 acres of rolling woodland, streams and countryside surrounded by ancient oak and chestnut trees.
The property is home to the Electric Picnic Music Festival, The Natonal Steam Rally, weddings, jumping leagues, point to points, hunter trials and many more boutique experiences throughout year.
Ballinakill Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool.
The pool is a 35 metre heated Pool and has a 10 metre toddler Pool.
The pool is open to the public during the summer seasons.
The pool accommodates family Swims, lane Swimmers, Aqua Acrohics and much more.
Laois off road Karting/ Doonboogies
The center offers ofl road kart/Doonboogie racing, laser clay pigeon shooting and argocat rides. You canget down and dirty on the dirt and grass tracks. They also have laser clay pigeon shooting suitable for all ages. The argocat rides are especially suited for children and have their own race course.
An Caoc Ban Farm
An Cnoc Ban is an organic Wbrking farm in Spink, Co. Laois that run a range of seasonal activities camps and workshops for kids who want to learn about our culture, traditional skills and rurad way of life. They want to nurture the awareness of and respect for the natural environment through our interactive approach to learning. The farm takes tours and activities throu^i out the year.
The Rock/Castle of Dunmase
The Rock of Dunmascis a stunning medieval ruin perched on a rocky outcrop a few miles east oPortlaoise, Co Laois. Overlooking the surrounding landscape the ruinous castle was once a formidable fortress. Standing atop a steep rock it is protected on three sides by cliffs while the only accessible side was protected by a double barbican, two gatehouses, and numerous defenses.
The site is now part of the story of Ireland’s Andent East and is a wonderful tourist attraction.
The Rock Dunamase was originaUy built in the 12th century the castle may well have been abandoned by the mid 14th century during the Gaelic revival whichsaw large swathes of the country reconquered by Gaelic Irish lords. Dunamase survived somewhat intact up until the arrival of comwellian troops in 1650.
Then a ruin it was rendered unusable after being battered to pieces by cannons.
Dunmore country cookery school.
Dunmore cookery school is one of the renound Irish cookery schools. The school grows the natural cooking ingredients and teaches you how to cook in simple terms and at intermediate level.
Fossey Mountain Springs
Fossey Mountain Sprmgsjs a Western Horec Riding Ranch located in the beautifully scenic area of Timahoc. The ranch takes all levels of riders for lessons and woodland trecks.
An eighteen century mansion with landscaped gardens and superior acchitccturc and history.
Emo Court was designed by the architect James GandonIn 1790 for the Earls of Portarlington.
The building is a magnificent example of the Neo- Classical style. The house and gardens were taken into State ownership in 1994 and restored in 2019 and are now open to the public for historic tours and nature walks. The court has a beautiful cafe and craft area too.
The River Barrow
It is one of The Three Sisters the other two being the River Suir and the River Nore. The Barrow is the longest of the three rivers. At 192 km, it is the secondlongest river in Ireland, behind the River Shannon. The Grand Canal is also close by where you can go fishing also and kayaking if you please.
Stradbally Art House.
The official opening of The Arthouse Studios and Library was in May 2011. The opening was performed by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The development, costing in excess of €1.2million. The gallery showcases: drawing,painting and sculptural works in contemporary and traditional mediums.
Visiting children are invited to complete arts worksheets to broaden their imaginations.
The Heath Golf Club
The course is often described as an “inland Unks”, as it is laid out on open heathland with some naturallakes and furze featuring many holes; it is a blaze mod yellow from early Spring onwards. Due to the course’s cxccptionally goood drinage it is possible to golf all year round.
The course has a 10 bay driving range, lakeside putting green and two practice area near the clubhouse.
The Heritage Killanard
A 72 par championship golf course designed by SeveBallesteros and Jeff Howe’s. There are five lakes and a stream that run through the course along with 98 beautifully positioned bunkers and many gently sloping greens.
The K Club Golf Resort.
The course was designed by Arnold Palmer, ThePalmer Ryder Cup course is ranked regularly in the top 3 parkland golf courses in Ireland. This Palmer-designed golf haven is a must-play badge of honorthat has hosted the top golf players in the world.
The Ryder Cup in 2006 and 11 European Open.
Mount Juliet Estate.
The beautiful and challenging Mount Juliet golf course has established itself as a premier golfing venue for professionals and leisure golfers worldwide. Chosen as the first and only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Ireland. The par 72,7300 yard layout boasts rolling fairways, many featuring water hazards and Contoured greens, allsuperbly blended into the spectacular setting of this famous old Irish estate.
Birr Castle Demesne
This is a glorious centre of science and horticulture.
The gardens at Birr Castle are set in a landscape of 50 hectares and contain some of the largest and rarest tree species found in Ireland. The gardens have a rich history attached to them. They were originallylandscaped around the lake in the eighteenth century by Sir William Parsons, and over the generations of the parson family, the Demesne has increased in beauty and interest. The Demesne is also home to Ireland’s Historic science Centre, where visitors may travel back to when Bin- Castle was a hub of scientific discovery and innovation
National Stud & Japanese Gardens
Nowhere better symbolizes aU that is great about Ireland, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbredindustry. A unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world. The Japanese Gardens, renounced throughout the world and the finest of their kind inEurope. From horses to horticulture, the Irish National Stud ft Japanese Gardens offers you a unique experience perfect for a family or friends day out.
Kildare Village Shopping Outlet
For a great day out, nesseled within landscaped grounds. Kildare Village Outlet Shopping is label heaven. The village is a designer shopping village open all year-round and boasts an exclusive selection of over 50 international brands.
The Newbridge silverware Visitor Centre showcases quality Irish silver jewelry and accessories and a museum of style icons. Enjoy a personalised tour of the center and a personal shopper to help you choose a perfect piece of Irish silver. The also have a museum of the history of silverware in Ireland.
The Irish capital offers a wonderful selecdon ofacdvities to do whether it is visiting the Grafton Quarter (Shopping High Street), The Georgian Center, Dublin Casde, The National zoo, A Host of Galleries and museunns or take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse,Jameson Distfflery, Irish famine Museum, Book Of kells, River Cruises, Fine dining, pub crawling. Cliff walls, Molly MaloneStatue and lots more!
Galway city is the European Capital of Culture 2020.
Galway, a harbour tity on Ireland’s west coast, sits where the River Comb meets the Atlandc Ocean. The cities hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. Nearby, stone clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retains portions of the medieval city walls.
Kilkenney is knows as Irelands finest medieval city. The past echoes m every footstep as you walk through the medieval city ofKilkenny. Explore its ancient lane ways , wonder at the majestic halls ofKiIkenny Castle or experience the glory of the13th century St Canie’s Cathedral. Once you have finished sightseeing browse the famous craft gallery opposite the castle or enjoy lunch in one of Kilkennys many restaurants.