Top Choice Gardens in Abbeyleix

Heywood Gardens

These lavish gardens with architectural features, lakes and woodland, were landscaped by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll and completed in 1912. The centrepiece is a sunken garden, where circular terraces lead down…
Top Choice Historic Building in County Laois

Emo Court

The unusual, green-domed Emo Court is an impressive house, designed in 1790 by James Gandon, architect of Dublin's Custom House.The extensive grounds with their impressive Greek statues, contain more than 1000 diffe…
Museum in Abbeyleix

Abbeyleix Heritage House & Museum

This museum, in an old school building, details Abbeyleix's rich history. One room looks at the town's carpet-making legacy – the Turkish-influenced carpets once made here were chosen to grace the floors of the Tita…
Museum in Mountmellick

Mountmellick Museum

For an insight into the town's Quaker and industrial heritage, visit Mountmellick Museum, where you can also see a display of superbly subtle Mountmellick embroidery. Various linens and quilts still being made by lo…
Church in Portarlington

St Paul's Church

The 1851 St Paul’s Church, on the site of the original 17th-century French church, was built for the Huguenots, some of whose tombstones stand in a corner of the churchyard.
Historic Site in County Laois

Rock of Dunamaise

The Rock of Dunamaise, 6km east of Portlaoise, is an arresting sight: a craggy limestone outcrop rising dramatically out of the flat plains. It offered early settlers a superb natural defensive position with sweepin…
Museum in Durrow

Donaghmore Workhouse

The unadorned stone Donaghmore Workhouse was a last resort for the destitute in the 1850s. Conditions were intentionally grim, the idea being that if things were especially bad, the poor wouldn't stick around. They …
Nature Reserve in Slieve Bloom Mountains

Slieve Bloom Mountains Nature Reserve

The higher elevations of the mountains are protected by this nature reserve. The website has good walking suggestions and info about the flora and fauna, including the many herbs and wildflowers.