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Local Attractions

The town of Portlaoise is a well-established tourist destination spot with a number of attractions making it an ideal place to visit every year. Portlaoise is gaining popularity as a place worth visiting on the outskirts of Dublin, in particular it is the perfect stopover for anyone driving between the capital and Limerick.

There are so many local attractions to see in Portlaoise. See the following below or alternatively download our attractions brochure here.  For family activities, you can click here.

Rock of Dunamase
Rock of Dunamase
The Rock of Dunamase is situated in Dunamase, merely 11 minutes from our Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.
Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum
Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum
Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum is a unique attraction in Laois. Located approx. 30 minutes from our hotel.
Timahoe Round Tower
Timahoe Round Tower
An extraordinary carved doorway makes this the most elegant round tower in Ireland.
Emo Court and Gardens
Emo Court and Gardens
A neo-classical mansion which features magnificent gardens located approx. 15 minutes from us here at The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.
Japanese Gardens and Irish National Stud
Japanese Gardens and Irish National Stud
Renowned throughout the world. Includes The Stud Farm, Japanese Gardens, St Fiachra's Garden and Horse Museum.
Tullamore Dew
Tullamore Dew
Tullamore Dew is a must visit while staying with us at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.
O'Moore Park
O'Moore Park
O'Moore Park is home to the Laois Hurling & Football Teams and located just 15 minutes from us here at Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.
Slieve Bloom Mountains
Slieve Bloom Mountains
The Slieve Bloom Mountains are among the major attractions located outside of Portlaoise linking Offaly and Laois.
Charleville Castle
Charleville Castle
Charleville Castle is a Gothic style castle located in Tullamore approx. 40 minutes from us here at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.
Heywood Gardens
Heywood Gardens
Heywood Gardens is the site of two garden types - the great park and the small interlocked formal gardens.
Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre
Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre
Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre is famed for the beauty of its unusual landscapes.
Poets Cottage
Poets Cottage
Poets Cottage is situated in a very picturesque village of Camross at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
Mountmellick Museum
Mountmellick Museum
The museum has a craft shop which stocks local crafts, a wide range of books along with fabric, thread, needles and patterns.
Stradbally Steam Museum
Stradbally Steam Museum
The Steam Museum features many steam, fire and farm engines includes the famous Land Rover fire engine.
Newbridge Silverware
Newbridge Silverware
Newbridge Silverware is an Irish owned design, manufacturer of cutlery jewellery silverware and giftware.
Abbeyleix Heritage House Museum
Abbeyleix Heritage House Museum
This heritage house museum offers a wide range of exhibitions. 13 minutes from Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.