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PortlaoiseIreland

Oncean ancient Irish settlement, Portlaoise is now oneof Ireland’s fastest growing modern towns, with ayoung and vibrant population. Located in the stunning Irish midlands in CountyLaois, Portlaoise is a bustling town with an international community,a unique culture and a stunning history that will ensure your visit here isunforgettable.

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

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

VisualArts in Portlaoise DunamaiseArt Centre, located on Church Street in the centre of Portlaoise,is a great place to immerse yourself in some local culture. Opened in the 1990sto host the town’s emerging cultural scene, Dunamaise Art Centre contains a 240seat theatre, a top-notch gallery space and a state of the art cinema, as wellas 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, promisingsome 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 ElectricPicnic, dubbed ‘Ireland’s Glastonbury’, is a fantastic festival foralternative music lovers. Hosted annually in September and located in thestriking grounds of the nearby StradballyHall, this award-winning festival has met with international acclaim.

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

Naturein PortlaoiseNaturelovers should pay a visit to the SlieveBloom. The mountains are some of the oldest in Europe and offer some impressiveviews. On a clear day, you can even spot the four high points of the ancientprovinces of Ireland. For the birdwatchers and wildlife lovers out there, thenatural heritage area of Clonreher Bog is alsonearby – but don’t forget your wellies!

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Top hotels in Portlaoise

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Killeshin Hotel
The Killeshin Hotel
4 out of 5
Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Laois
£106
per night
1 May-2 May

Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of O'Moore Park, Portlaoise Golf Club and The Heath Golf Club. Rock of Dunamase ...

4.2/5Very Good! (284 reviews)

"Fantastic location. Great food at the bar. Very good parking. Great variety at breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2020

The Killeshin Hotel
Maldron Hotel Portlaoise
Maldron Hotel Portlaoise
3 out of 5
Midway Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, Laois
£142
per night
1 May-2 May

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! (307 reviews)
One nighter

"Stayed here for one night with my son as he had test early in morning"…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2019

Maldron Hotel Portlaoise
Midlands Park Hotel
Midlands Park Hotel
4 out of 5
Jessop Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
£124
per night
1 May-2 May

Set in the centre of Portlaoise, this family-friendly hotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from O'Moore Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rock of Dunamase and The Heath Golf ...

4.2/5Very Good! (413 reviews)
Not up to its usual standard

"Lovely hotel and night staff were very helpful. Gave lower score because I highlighted an issue with broken bathroom fan at 7pm on way to dinner and nothing was done leaving. Meant I had to ring down again when I returned to room and had to pack up after 11 at night to move rooms. This could have ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2019

Midlands Park Hotel

Popular things to do in Portlaoise

Rock of Dunamase
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Rock of Dunamase

Learn about the local history of Portlaoise with a stop at Rock of Dunamase. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this relaxing area.

Irish National Stud
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Irish National Stud

4.5/5(2 reviews)

You can spend time studying the exhibits at Irish National Stud in Kildare. Visit the spas and lively bars in this relaxing area.

Top activities in Portlaoise

Kildare Village Shopping Express from Dublin
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Kildare Village Shopping Express from Dublin

£9
Per adult
Kildare Village Shopping Trip via Luxury Coach
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Kildare Village Shopping Trip via Luxury Coach

£25
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ireland
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ireland

£9
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ireland
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ireland

£17
Per adult
5 Day South of Ireland Tour
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5 Day South of Ireland Tour

£4,123
Per adult
Hurling Tour - Kavanagh's Bar
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Hurling Tour - Kavanagh's Bar

£29
Per adult

Reviews of Portlaoise

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

29 Oct 2019

No safe in rooms, shower no bath, portable fridge for 4 cans of coke. I would not rate this hotel 4 stars. Very quiet.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Jul 2019

The Killeshin Hotel is a couple of miles from Portlaoise town centre. A longish walk for those who are able to do so. But a nice town if you can get there by car and can find a parking space.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Jul 2019

Didn't really experience Portlaoise, came for the Neil Young and Bob Dylan concert at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Mar 2019

Seems like a great town people friendly and helpful plenty of shops.