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Portlaoise General Information

Although most visitors to Ireland stick to Dublin and the coasts, the midlands do unfurl some gems of note. The Slieve Bloom Mountains, for one, offer remarkably picturesque landscapes and hearty recreation for intrepid travellers on the go. Portlaoise, the county town of County Laois, is a superb gateway to the low, verdant mountain range.

Once a relatively sleepy hamlet, Portlaoise has gone through a dramatic growth spurt over the years, with the expansion of Dublin and increase in traffic congestion on the Dublin-Cork corridor. A mere 90 km southwest of the cosmopolitan Irish capital, Portlaoise is now a veritable commuter suburb. Home to some 15,000 people (town and environs), the municipality is not a high-demand tourist destination. That is not to say, however, that Portlaoise or County Laois are devoid of first-rate attractions. Aside from the obvious allure of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, other points of interest to consider include the Rock of Dunamase, Emo Court and Gardens, Stradbally Steam Museum and Poet’s Cottage. Portlaoise is also a bit of a golfer’s paradise, with numerous high-caliber, yet affordable, courses in the vicinity of town. So while Portlaoise may not be close to the coast or flush with flashy landmarks and museums, if you dig a bit, there is abundant bucolic charm on hand.

  • Rock of Dunamase
  • Emo Court and Gardens
  • Stradbally Steam Museum
  • Poet’s Cottage
  • Slieve Bloom Mountains
  • Heywood Gardens
  • Heritage Walks
  • The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort
  • The Heath Golf Club
  • Rathdowney Golf Club
  • The Club House Restaurant
  • Fiacri Country House Restaurant
  • Kellys Foundry Grillhouse
  • Kingfisher Restaurant
  • Spagos Italian Bistro
  • The Gate Bar & Restaurant
  • Molly’s Bar
  • The Charter Bar
  • The Gandon Inn
  • Kavanaghs Pub

Portlaoise has a temperate maritime climate, with moderate to heavy rainfall and temperatures between 3°C and 20°C for the year.

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1 The Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise

4 stars
5.0 / 5

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Stay 2 nights get 3rd night free

The Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise is a friendly, quiet downtown hotel that welcomes you to enjoy the hospitality as well as facilities that make your stay a pleasant one. GeneralGuests travelling on... More

From US$51

2 Maldron Hotel Portlaoise

3 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

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Stay 2 nights and save 10%

A perfect place in the city of Portlaoise, the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise offers excellent services and convenient facilities for a relaxing stay. GeneralConference facilities are available for... More

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A lovely hotel in a great location. Food court located close by, ut sad to see Subway had closed.
17 Nov 2013

3 Portlaoise Heritage Hotel

4 stars
3.0 / 5

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Designed to reflect style, planned with meticulous care to deliver service excellence, The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel has earned itself the reputation of being one of the most sought after Laois... More

From US$139

4 The Heritage Killenard

5 stars
5.0 / 5

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The Heritage Killenard offers quality accommodation and convenient facilities for a relaxing stay. City attractions such as Castlecomber Discovery Park, Dunmore Caves, Kilkenny Castle, Slieve Bloom... More

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