Welcome to Abbeyleix
Abbeyleix (abbey-leeks) is a classic heritage town with a Georgian market house, graceful terraced housing and a wide leafy main street. The town grew up around a 12th-century Cistercian monastery, but frequent flooding led to local landowner Viscount de Vesci levelling the village in 1790 and creating a new estate in the present location, which is now Ireland's oldest planned town. During the Famine, de Vesci proved a kinder landlord than many, and the fountain obelisk in the square was erected in gratitude from his tenants.
Amazing hotels and hostels
We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.