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Things to do in Laois

Below we have brought you just a selection of wonderful things to do and to see in Abbeyleix, County Laois.

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Castlecomer Discovery Park

Explore the spectacular 80 acres of woodland, boasting an exciting range of recreational and educational activities. Activities include Zipline/Advanced High Ropes Courses, Tree-top Adventure Walk, Climbing Wall, Leap of Faith plus lots more. 
Location: The Estate Yard, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny (25 minutes via car from our hotel)

Castlecomer Discovery Park

Dunmore Cave 

The cave contains some of the finest calcite formations found in any Irish cave. In 928, the Dunmore Cave was the site of a Viking massacre. 
Location: Ballyfoyle, Castlecomer Road, County Kilkenny (30 minutes via car from our hotel)

Dunmore Cave

Emo Court

Emo Court House is a magnificent example of neo-classical style mansion. The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland featuring a lake, woodland walks, many fine trees as well as shrubs. 
Location: Emo, County Laois (35 minutes via car from our hotel)

Emo Court

Heywood Gardens 

The gardens consist of 50 acres of parkland featuring lakes, woodland and architecture.
Location: Ballinakill, County Laois (15 minutes via car from our hotel)

Heywood Gardens

Kildare Shopping Village 

Designer shopping outlets including Armani, Boss, DKNY, Gucci, Guess, Karen Millen, Jaeger and lots more.
Opening Times: Mondays to Wednesdays 10:00am-7:00pm, Thursdays & Fridays 10:00am-8:00pm, Saturdays 9:00am-8:00pm, Sundays 10:00am-8:00pm. Location: Nurney Road, Kildare Town, County Kildare (35 minutes via car from our hotel)

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Heritage House Abbeyleix

Exhibitions: Abbeyleix Carpet Factory, The De Vesci Connection, Rural Life, The Mulhall Collection, The Model Railway, Archaeology and History. Kids activities, workshops, group tours and digital services available.
Location: Abbeyleix, County Laois (3 minutes via car from our hotel)

Heritage House

Laois Angling Centre 

If you seek peace and tranquillity, then the Irish countryside is perfect for exceptional game and coarse fishing. Features four large spring fed lakes, mature woodlands, farmlands and Clonoghil House. Modern facilities include a large parking area, wheelchair access, tackle hire, light refreshments, picnic and barbeque areas.
Location: Laois Angling Centre, Coolrain, County Laois (30 minutes from our hotel)

Laois Angling Centre

Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum 

The museum tells the story of the families who lived, died within the famine workhouse walls during and after the Great Famine. Location: Donaghmore, County Laois (25 minutes from our hotel)

Donaghmore House

Irish National Trails (Walk/Run/Bike/Paddle) 

Walking and Hiking Trails Locations: Barrow Way, Abbeyleix Loops (Collins Bog Loop), Abbeyleix Loops (Killamuck Bog Loop), Ballyroan Sli, Clonaslee (Brittas Forest Loop), Durrow Leafy Loops (Dunmore Woods Loop), Emo Sli and lots more

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Dunmanise Arts Centre 

Lots of various events and exhibitions including cinema, classical music, comedy, dance, literature, music, musical, opera, pantomime, theatre, workshops, traditional music, children’s events plus much more.
Location: Church Street, Portlaoise, County Laois (15 minutes from our hotel)

Dunmanise Arts Centre

Stradbally Steam Museum 

Features steam, fire and farm engines including a Land Rover Fire Engine which was stationed at Stradbally fire station approximately in 1950.
Location: Stradbally, County Laois (20 minutes from our hotel)

Stradbally Steam Museum

Laois Tourism including golf, local festivals, events plus much more 

You will find all information on the picturesque County Laois located in the heart of the Midlands. It offers a wide range of activities and local attractions to visitors of all ages.

Laois Tourism

Fruitlawn Gardens 

The garden consists of 1 acre of land within a walled setting, featuring hedges, hornbeam tunnel, a small orchard, fruit and vegetable area plus much more. Garden courses are available.
Location: Abbeyleix, County Laois (10 minutes from our hotel)

Fruitlawn Gardens

Fossey Mountain Springs (Western Style Horse Riding)

Trail Riding (Ranging from one hour up to eight hours) into the beautiful scenic woodlands. Suitable for everyone with little or no riding experience. Lessons are available. Other activities include archery, roping and horseshoe and hatchet throwing. Caters for stags, hens, children’s birthday parties, scout groups, youth groups, corporates and other family functions.
Location: Timahoe, County Laois (20 minutes from hotel)

Fossey Mountain Springs Ranch

South Laois Tourism

You can find all tourist information about Durow, Ballinakill, Abbeyleix, Ballyouskill, Ballyragget, Lisdowney, Gathabawn, Johnstown, Rathdowney, Erill, Donaghmore, Ballybrophy, Clough, Cullahill and Ballacolla.

South Laois Tourism

Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens 

Features Stud Farm, Japanese Gardens, Saint Fiachra’s Garden, Living Legends, Horse Museum. Location: Tully, Kildare, County Kildare (30 minutes from hotel)

Irish National Stud Farm

Japanese Gardens

Abbeyleix Golf Course 

Features 18 hole golf course including a clubhouse. Location: Abbeyleix, County Laois (2 minutes from hotel)

Abbeyleix Golf Club


Mid Ireland Adventure

Set in the heart of Ireland, Midland Adventure offers visitors the very best adventure activities in the Irish Midlands.

Based in Banagher on the Shannon and Kinnitty in County Offaly, they provide a range of activities from mountain biking in the Slieve Bloom mountains to water-based activities, including stand up paddleboarding, on the river Shannon.

Visit their website HERE