With Laois being smack bang in the centre of the midlands, it’s location means that it’s only a stones throw away from so many other counties and is easily travelled to from Dublin, making it a prime spot for an Irish getaway.
Emo Court House & Gardens
Located just outside the Laois village of Emo, Emo Court House is a beautifully renovated Gandon-designed historic house. Tours of the house are available throughout the summer. However what your kids will love even more are the extensive gardens that surround the grand house. There are beautiful gardens, parkland, wooded walks and a lake with lots of swans and ducks. What’s even better is that admission into the gardens themselves are free. So, pack a picnic and enjoy it in the lovely scenery on one of the parks many picnic benches before letting the little ones run wild.
This award-winning family-run business allows your family to set sail on a narrow boat or barge on the Grand Canal at Vicarstown. This trip is a perfect way to relax and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the waterways. The kids will revel in getting to steer their own barge and you will be rewarded as the unspoilt beauty of the Barrow valley grows with each and every passing mile.
Ballinakill Outdoor Swimming Pool
Outdoor swimming pools aren’t a regular occurrence in Ireland for a number of weather related reasons. Fear not however as this outdoor pool in Ballinakill is heated so that you can be toasty while embracing a fresh air swim. Make sure you have plenty of towels to wrap yourself up in afterwards though!
Stradbally Steam Museum
Start your engines and get ready to learn a thing or two at the Stradbally Steam Museum. This museum has some very unique machines these include a Land Rover Fire Engine which was stationed at Stradbally fire station in approximately 1950, a Guinness Loco Engine which was used around the Guinness Brewery streets over 50 years ago, and a homemade steam tractor. The train brings you through the woodlands of the Stradbally Hall Estate and lasts for 15 minutes.
Rock of Dunamase
This is a historic site is a must see for anyone visiting Laois. It’s a bit of a climb but the views from the top make the climb very worthwhile. The site is suitable for young children who are able to run and walk and will love checking out the views through the various parts of the ruin.