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Portlaoise at the very centre of the county is the idea place to base yourself for a trip to the Irish Midlands. Our accessibility is unrivalled with just under 1 million people within an hour’s commute. Just one hour from Dublin Airport and an hour and half from Shannon Airport, connected by Mainline rail and Motorway networks getting to Laois is a safe and easy journey.

Once here there is so much to do in the bustling county town of Portlaoise. Stay in one of the 4 hotels in the town. If you prefer a guest house or B&B a number of high quality homes also await you. Wherever you choose you can be assured of a warm welcome and the best of hospitality.

Portlaoise was the first planted town with a British Fort built between 1547 and 1548 during the tenure of Bellingham, Lord Justice of Ireland, in the reign of “the boy King” Edward V. The town grew up around the Fort walls from the 1560’s and was renamed Maryborough in honour of Queen Mary. The local tribes of the day for formidable and the woodlands, lakes and location of Laois and Portlaoise were seen as strategically important to control. The medieval history of the town can be explored by following the Portlaoise Heritage Trail.

Other nearby attractions like the Rock of Dunamase, Timahoe Round Tower, The Quaker town of Mountmellick and planned town of Abbexleix are all within 20 mins of Portlaise and are rich in heritage and history.

For the outdoor enthusiast the lush green landscape of Co Laois is within easy reach with 32 looped walks county wide. Choose from mountains, bogs, rivers or lakes. Whichever you choose you can be assured of a healthy dose of outdoor life. For cyclists choose from flat road loops or try out the new mountain bike track in the Slieve Blooms. Bring a picnic of find a local pub or café for some local, fresh food.

Dining in Portlaoise is always a pleasure. There is a wide variety of cafes, bars and restaurants offering the very best in local produce.

Looking to get immersed in local life? Check out the What’s On guide, the vibrant buzz of Portlaoise means there is always something to suit all, young and old.

So enjoy the best in accommodation, enjoy the beautiful rural countryside, be entertained in our pubs and restaurants and enjoy the slower pace of life while still being close to all the major cities. The perfect balance!

Chocolate Brown

Chocolate Brown Portlaoise, 93 Main Street, Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland

Kelly Lou Cakes

Kelly Lou Cakes, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland

Laois Music Centre

Church Avenue, Portlaoise, Co. Laois,

Marian Carton Opticians

Marian Carton Opticians, Main Street, Moneyballytyrrell, Portlaoise, Laois, Ireland

Shaws Department Stores

Shaws Department Stores Portlaoise, Kylekiproe, Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland