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Once an ancient Irish settlement, Portlaoise is now one of Ireland’s fastest growing modern towns, with a young and vibrant population. Located in the stunning Irish midlands in County Laois, Portlaoise is a bustling town with an international community, a unique culture and a stunning history that will ensure your visit here is unforgettable.

Portlaoisehas a fascinating past and its location at the foot of the colourful Slieve Bloom means it’s a nature lover’s paradise. However, the town also boasts a variety of lively cultural activities and attractions: there is theatre and performance art at the Dunamaise Arts Centreand an eclectic range of annual festivals and shopping.

Shopping in PortlaoisePortlaoiseoffers some of the best shopping in County Laois. For high street shops with a charming touch of small-town twee – complete with hanging baskets – you could visit the historic shops on Main Street. If you’re looking for something a bit more exhaustive, then LaoisShopping Centre is close by as well as numerous other shopping malls and a retail park on the Timahoe Road.

Visual Arts in Portlaoise Dunamaise Art Centre, located on Church Street in the centre of Portlaoise, is a great place to immerse yourself in some local culture. Opened in the 1990s to host the town’s emerging cultural scene, Dunamaise Art Centre contains a 240 seat theatre, a top-notch gallery space and a state of the art cinema, as well as a rather fine restaurant. It offers a diversity of local and international performances, such as opera, contemporary dance and live music.

Festivals in PortlaoiseThe Halloween Howls Comedy Festivaltakes place annually in October at a lively comedy venue on Main Street, promising some of the biggest names in comedy. The regional finals for the wonderfully traditional ‘Rose of Tralee’ beauty contest also takes place here. Last but not least, the Electric Picnic, dubbed ‘Ireland’s Glastonbury’, is a fantastic festival for alternative music lovers. Hosted annually in September and located in the striking grounds of the nearby StradballyHall, this award-winning festival has met with international acclaim.

Historic Ruins in PortlaoiseNo visit to Ireland would be complete without some local history. The remains of the 16th century fort around which Portlaoisebegan life now stand at its centre, serving as a vivid reminder of this town’s humble beginnings. Other heritage attractions nearby include Sheffield House, a striking Queen Anne mansion about two miles outside of Portlaoise, and Dunamaise Castle, an Anglo-Norman ruin with fantastic views over the nearby mountains.

Nature in PortlaoiseNature lovers should pay a visit to the Slieve Bloom. The mountains are some of the oldest in Europe and offer some impressive views. On a clear day, you can even spot the four high points of the ancient provinces of Ireland. For the birdwatchers and wildlife lovers out there, the natural heritage area of Clonreher Bog is also nearby – but don’t forget your wellies!

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Maldron Hotel Portlaoise
Maldron Hotel Portlaoise
3 out of 5
Midway Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, Laois
The price is £68 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Situated in Portlaoise, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Portlaoise Golf Club and O'Moore Park. The Heath Golf Club and Abbeyleix Heritage House are also ...
4.1/5Very Good! (312 reviews)
Comfy overnight stay
"Comfortable stay with friendly check in staff room was spotless. Room was perfect temperature not too hot, plenty of free parking and a food court next door for a quick snack or refreshment."

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2020

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Midlands Park Hotel
Midlands Park Hotel
4 out of 5
Jessop Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
The price is £73 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Set in the centre of Portlaoise, this family-friendly hotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from O'Moore Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Rock of Dunamase and The Heath Golf ...
4.2/5Very Good! (418 reviews)
enjoyable overnight stay.
"Very nice and welcoming hotel. Staff were helpful food was excellent. Rooms spacious."

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2020

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The Killeshin Hotel
The Killeshin Hotel
4 out of 5
Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Laois
The price is £58 per night from 28 Apr to 29 Apr
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of O'Moore Park, Portlaoise Golf Club and The Heath Golf Club. Rock of Dunamase and Emo ...
4.2/5Very Good! (317 reviews)
Excellent
"Staff very friendly and food was excellent . Very nice and had my dog with me . Highly recommend"

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2020

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Ballynacarrick Lodge, Moone, County Kildare
Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within 12 miles (20 km) of Carlow Golf Club, Dr. Cullen Park and Visual Centre for Contemporary Art and The George ...
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A Gardener's Cottage Tucked Away in the Corner of an old Country House Estate
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Roundwood House, Mountrath, County Laois
The price is £100 per night from 30 Apr to 1 May
Situated in a rural location, this historic holiday home is within 12 miles (20 km) of Slieve Bloom, Aghaboe Abbey and Portlaoise Golf Club. O'Moore Park and ...
A Gardener's Cottage Tucked Away in the Corner of an old Country House Estate
Beautiful Period Self Catering Irish Cottage Built in 1805
Beautiful Period Self Catering Irish Cottage Built in 1805
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Situated in Daingean, this historic cottage is 9.6 mi (15.4 km) from Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre and 10 mi (16.1 km) from Lloyd Town Park. Charleville Forest ...
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The Gate House - Lovely and quaint
"If you want to get to know the Irish people, and their hospitality, then enjoying a stay in Josie and Paul's quaint and modernized little cottage is a great choice. It is a bit remote, an hour + from Dublin and located in the heart of the midlands in the small village of Daingean. It's a short trip ..."

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2018

Beautiful Period Self Catering Irish Cottage Built in 1805
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