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Laois Tourism

Discover Co. Laois.

IHI Activities

Yoga,  Meditation

Irish Dancing Classes,

Private Group Concert,

Kayaking, Paddle Boarding,

Fishing, Millenary class.

Emo Court

An eighteen-century mansion with landscaped gardens and superior architecture 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 Rock/Castle of Dunmase

The Rock of Dunmascis a stunning medieval ruin perched on a rocky outcrop a few miles east Portlaoise, 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 defences.

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 centre a culture and community hub for Laois and it’s the new Home to Laois tourism’s offices.

Durrow Scare Crow Festival

Hay Fever is taking over the picturesque village of Durrow in Co Laois with a scarecrow festival to beat them all. The beating heart of this great event is the Scarecrow Village with something for everyone and the Ranch where you can catch the Round Bale entries and everything vintage.

 

Ernest Shackleton – Poler Explorer

The Museum was established to celebrate the vibrant socio-historic legacy of the area. It houses material and audio-visual programmes that chronicle the ancient, medieval and post 16th century lives and achievements of the people of the town and its hinterland.

Boat Trips Ireland

We operate from two locations in County Laois. These being Graiguecullen and Vicarstown. Trips last just over an hour and are priced at €100 per family of up to six people. For more information, contact Cliff on 087-2061999

Gash Gardens

Nothing outside the garden gate suggests the extent or beauty of Gash Gardens. Once inside you are greeted by an amazing oasis packed with interesting and unusual plants to lure and inspire both the keen plants person and the garden novice.

Stradbally Woods

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 trail. There were masses conducted here in secret during the penal time and a stone cross was erected in 195.

Roll ‘n’ Bowl

 Laser Tag, Bowling, Games & Kids Play Area, Teddy Bear Making, Skating Discos  or Indoor Soccer.

Whether it’s fun with your friends in our kids play area, or relaxing with your children in the games centre, or get hands on and take on the bowling ally.

Electric Picnic

Electric Picnic music festival returns to Stradbally as the biggest music festival on the country. It’s historic Artists includes international acts such as Kraftwerk, Lilly Allen, Hosier, Florence The Machine, Years & Years, Jess Glynne and manny more).

Twin Trees Heywood Festival

And cherish it, we do!

‘En Plein Air’ event, which is open to beginners, and accomplished artists alike, being held in Ballinakill, Co. Laois, from August 22nd – 25th each year, whilst not forgetting the contribution of Gertrude Jekyll, is all about celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Abbeyleix Bog Walks

The Collins Bog and Killamuck Bog Loops are two waymarked looped walks centered on Abbeyleix Bog at the southern end of the Heritage Town of Abbeyleix. These beautiful loops take walkers through woodland and forestry paths before diverting into Abbeyleix Bog. At 4.5 km, the Collin’s Bog is the shorter of the 2 looped walk options.

Castleview Open Farm

The farm hosts a play shop, a post office, toy farm, mini bowling, basketball, ring toss, soccer shoot out, electric go karts and lots more. It also hosts all of the small animals including Rabbits and babies, Pheasants, guinea pigs, hens, Silky, Polish and Japanese bantams and let us not forget Declan and Ian, the resident Micro Pigs.

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..

Laois Pumpkin Patch

Come explore laois’s very own pumpkin patch!

During the day there are lots of family fun actives… and if you just want to take a insta worthy pumpkin patch photo and buy a pumpkin you can do so! #laoispumpkinpatch

Ps. All the proceeds go to raise funds for the local sports enterprise.

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 magnificently restored Market House, the visitor can enjoy and appreciate our town.

Heywood Gardens

Known as “the Italian gardens” they are the only Irish example of Lutyens work outside of Dublin. The gardens were completed in 1912. They consist of formal 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 Irish Fly fishfeg And Gaining Museum

The Irish Fly Fishing and Game Shooting Museum explores 300 years of hunting and fishing in Ireland. It is a treat for anyone interested in learning about country Ufe.

The Irish Grand Canal & Blue Way walking and Cycling Track

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 Slieve Bloom Mountain Range

The gently rolling hills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains rise from the central plains of Ireland. The mountains also provide a paradise for walkers, bikers and Hikers of all level and have a designated mountain bike track(Bloom E Riders)

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.

Dunmore country cookery school.

Dunmore cookery school is one of the renowned Irish cookery schools. The school grows the natural cooking ingredients and teaches you how to cook in simple terms and at an intermediate level.

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 gallery showcases: drawing, painting and sculptural works in contemporary and traditional mediums.

Discover Ireland

Kildare Village Shopping Outlet

For a great day out, nestled 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.

Castlecomer Discovery Park

Offer a wide range of fun, challenging and exhilarating activities (rock climbing, kayaking,  zip lining, mountain biking, archery, coal mine museum, art courtyard, cafe etc ..) that can be enjoyed on your own, as a couple, together as a family or as a group of friends, colleagues, teammates, classmates or scouts group etc…

The Cliffs Of Moher

You simply cannot travel to Ireland without paying a visit to Ireland’s top tourist attraction, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, situated in County Clare along the wild Atlantic Way. The Cliffs of Moher have majestically faced the Atlantic for over 350 million years and their beauty is incomparable – it is Ireland’s most visited tourist attraction and when you visit you will understand why.

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 honor that 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.

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.

National Stud & Japanese Gardens

Nowhere better symbolizes all that is great about Ireland, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry. 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 Book Of Kells.

Step inside the Treasury to see the precious 9th century manuscript, one of the world’s finest living examples of Medieval art. Witness the book’s exquisite colours, intricate illuminations and ornate Latin text, all created by hand.

New Grange

Newgrange is a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland’s Ancient East. A passage measuring 19m (62ft) leads into a chamber with 3 alcoves. The passage and chamber are aligned with the rising sun on the mornings around the Winter Solstice.

The Guinness Storehouse.

Go to The Guinness Storehouse to experience the history, heart, and soul of Ireland’s most iconic beer. Explore the story of Guinness before taking in the views of Dublin from the Gravity Bar while enjoying the perfectly poured, perfectly chilled pint of Guinness included in your ticket.

Ireland’s Cities

Dublin City

The Irish capital offers wonderful selection facilities to do whether it is visiting the Grafton Quarter (Shopping High Street), The Georgian Center, Dublin Castle, The National zoo, A Host of Galleries and museums or take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Irish famine Museum, Book Of kells, River Cruises, Fine dining, pub crawling. Cliff walls, Molly MaloneStatue and lots more!

Galway City

Galway city is the European Capital of Culture 2020.

Galway, a harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, sits where the River Comb meets the Atlantic 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.

Learn about the history of the city and stroll along the historic streets on the edge of the River Shannon. Visit St. John’s Cathedral, County Limerick’s most iconic landmark, to discover the city’s Norman heritage.

Kilkenny City.

Kilkenny is known as Irelands finest medieval city. The past echoes m every footstep as you walk through the medieval city of Kilkenny. Explore its ancient laneways, wonder at the majestic halls of Kilkenny Castle or experience the glory of the13th century St Canice’s Cathedral.

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