Family Activities in the Midlands

Portlaoise and the surrounding area is jam-packed full of fun family adventures for parents and kids alike. Plan your family hotel break in Co Laois at the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise with some ideas on what you can do on a family holiday in Midlands Ireland below. Also, see our hotel information booklet for more information.

Activities in the Hotel

Swim

As a hotel in Portlaoise with a swimming pool on-site, enjoy our 20m swimming pool plus a dedicated children’s pool for the little ones. Adults are also free to enjoy the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym. Children are allowed in the pool until 6.45pm. During the summer months (July and August) the kids’ times are extended until 7.00pm.

Kids Activities

We operate kids activities during all school holidays throughout the year at the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise. Please note that due to COVID-19 the hotel is not running the kids club at this time.

Games

For big kids and little kids, the games room in the hotel is open during school holidays, providing hours of entertainment for the whole family.

Outdoor Family Adventures

Lullymore Heritage Park

Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park is located 39km from Maldron Hotel Portlaoise. The Park was opened by President Mary Robinson in 1993. From very humble origins, the Park has grown every year to become a national tourism award winner in 2017, now encompassing 60 acres of spectacular meandering woodland and peatland trails as well as exhibitions.
The Park is an ideal venue for families and tour groups alike as it offers visitors an opportunity to explore the rich heritage and environment of this midland region while also offering great indoor and outdoor play areas, pet farm, train trips and fun seasonal events. Described by many as a true hidden gem, Lullymore Heritage Park is a great place to discover a beautiful part of Ireland and a really fun day out for all.

Fossey Mountain Springs

The Western Riding Ranch was dreamt up by Mick LaCumbre who has a passion for horses. A “wild west” style riding centre both trail riding and horse riding lessons are available for all levels. The ranch takes guests on a trail across the scenic wooded landscape from one hour to eight hours. Fossey Mountain Springs Ranch is open 9am – 9pm 7 days a week. To book, call 057 862 7320.

Silverline Cruises

This scheduled boat trip commences on Wednesday the 4th of July and operates every Wednesday and Sunday during July and August. Silverline Cruises “River Queen” has a fully licensed bar and live commentary provided by the friendly captain on board.

Barrowline Cruisers & Barroway Bikes

A family-run cruise and bike hire company based in Co. Laois. The equipped base is ideally located to explore the Grand Canal and the River Barrow. Each waterway offers a completely different experience.

Kilvahan Horse Drawn Carriages

Award-winning horse-drawn carriage holidays give you the opportunity to step outside the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Kilvahan Horse Drawn Carriages provides the opportunity for guests to take a break from the real world and find themselves again in the beauty of the Irish Midlands. Include Pat-zoo, pony ride, trekking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, carriage tours and Castle Banquets.

Mondello Park

Mondello Park is Ireland’s only permanent international motorsport venue. The circuit has grown from 1.28km (0.8 mile) circuit to a 3.5km (2.4 mile) FIA licenced international race track. Mondello Park offers a wide range of events and activities, including motor racing courses, entertainment, car and bike tracks, early drive and much more.

Supershot Paintballing

Set in beautiful mature Irish woodland, Supershot has the most up to date facilities in Irish paintballing. This is a fun-filled day for family outings. Email info@supershot.ie or call 086 377 7499 to book.

Emo Court & Gardens

Emo Court was designed in 1790 by the architect James Gandon for the Earls of Portarlington. Located in Emo, Co. Laois, the house is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland which were first laid out in the 18th century and contain formal lawns, a lake and woodland walks with fine trees and shrubs.

Indoor Family Fun

Roll and Bowl Entertainment Centre

This entertainment centre has state of the art ten pin bowling alleys featuring the pinball wizard for children, bowling balls and shoes for all ages. Roll and Bowl also has glow in the dark lanes, pool, air hockey and video games available upstairs in the games room and a soft play centre with three areas over three levels.

Dunamaise Arts Centre

At Dunamaise Arts Centre you can experience the best in local, national and international performing and visual arts, including theatre, musical and children’s events. We have a 10% discount for all guests of the hotel. Please ask at reception for further details or at time of booking.

The Grid Go-Karting

Ireland’s fastest go-karting experience with 270 karts. The race team are on board while you kart, making sure every need is met with the best standards in safety and professionalism.

Odeon Cinema Portlaoise

Please visit odeoncinemas.ie for current films listings.

Stradbally Steam Museum

Stradbally Steam Museum celebrates the steam engines that once ruled Ireland’s railways, built its roads and worked on its farms.

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Common Questions

  • Location & Parking

    Is there parking near the Hotel?

    Yes, we offer secure complimentary car parking at the hotel with space for approximately 300 cars.

    How much do I pay for parking?

    Car parking is complimentary at the hotel.

    How Far is Kildare Village Shopping Outlet from the hotel?

    The hotel is located 35km from Kildare Village, just off exit 13 on the M7 Motorway. We offer guests a discount voucher which entitles you to 10% off most stores in the Village.

    How far is the Hotel from Portlaoise train station?

    The hotel is located 3.5km from Portlaoise train station. A taxi from the train station will cost approximately €6 – €8.

    Does the hotel offer a Shuttle Bus or Taxi Service to Electric Picnic?

    We can arrange a taxi to Electric Picnic for you. Please get in touch with our reception team.

    How far is the Hotel from the Curragh Racecourse?

    The hotel is located 41km from the Curragh Racecourse. Take exit 12 off the M7 Motorway.

    How far is Kildare Village Shopping Outlet from the hotel?

    The hotel is located 35km from Kildare Village, just off exit 13 on the M7 Motorway. We offer guests a discount voucher which entitles you to 10% off most stores in the Village.

    How far is the Hotel from Portlaoise train station?

    The hotel is located 3.5km from Portlaoise train station. A taxi from the train station will cost approximately €6 – €8.

    How far is the hotel from Portlaoise town centre?

    Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is 2km from the town centre away.

    How far is the hotel from Laois Shopping Centre?

    The hotel is located just 2km from Laois Shopping Centre.

    Which exit off the M7 motorway is the hotel located?

    Exit 17 off the M7 Motorway.

    What are the public transport links to Portlaoise town centre?

    There are taxis available to hire from the hotel.

    How do I get to your hotel when travelling by Ferry?

    From Dublin Port to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 1 hour 23 minutes and 106.68 km

    From Rosslare Port to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 1 hour 57 minutes and 130.65 km

    From Belfast Port to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 3 hours 20 minutes and 262.59km

    From Cork Port to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 1 hour 45 minutes and 166.69km

    For information on route look at AA Ireland.

    How do I get to your hotel when travelling by plane?

    From Dublin Airport to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise: 1 hour 15 Minutes and 101.85km

    From Shannon Airport to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 1 hour 34 Minutes and 139.34km

    From Knock International Airport to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 2 hours 34 minutes and 179.08km

    From Cork Airport to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 1 hour 53 Minutes and 175.86km

    From Kerry Airport to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 2 Hours 28 minutes and 202.89km

    From Derry Airport to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 4 Hours 32 Minutes and 336.12km

  • Hotel Services

    What time is check-in?

    Check-in time is at 3.00 pm.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out time is at 12 noon. Late departures are available until 4.00 pm upon request for an additional charge.

    How late can I check into the Hotel?

    Guest must check-in before 11.00pm. Please phone ahead if you will arrive at the hotel later than 11.00pm.

    Are there babysitting services available?

    Yes, we offer babysitting services. Please ask when making your reservation.

    Can I get a cot for my child?

    Yes, cots are available. As there is limited availability, please note this at the time of your reservation.

    Is there somewhere I can leave my bag if I arrive early or need to collect it after I check-out?

    Yes, you can leave your luggage with our receptionists.

    Does the hotel have WiFi?

    Yes, complimentary high-speed WiFi is available throughout the hotel and bedrooms.

    Are there smoking rooms in the hotel?

    No, the hotel operates a strict non-smoking policy.

    Is there a laundry service available?

    Yes, you can leave your laundry with us and we’ll take care of it. Please note that charges do apply.

  • Rooms

    Do you have larger family rooms for families with more than 2 kids?

    Yes, we offer larger family rooms which include 2 doubles and 1 single bed. These rooms are offered at a supplement. Please call the hotel directly on +353 (0)57 869 5900 to discuss.

    Do you accommodate rooms for 2 adults and 3 children?

    Yes, we offer family rooms in the hotel which have 1 double and 2 single beds. We are happy to negotiate a rate for interconnecting rooms. Please contact us directly to discuss +353 (0)57 8695900.

    Are there hairdryers in the bedrooms?

    Yes, hairdryers are available in all bedrooms for complimentary guest use.

    Are pets allowed at the hotel?

    No, only guide dogs are allowed.

    Do you supply travel adapters?

    No, we do not supply travel adapters but they are available to purchase in shops nearby.

  • Dining

    What time is breakfast?

    Monday to Friday from 7.00am – 10.00am

    Weekends & Bank Holidays from 8.00am – 11.00am

    I booked room only. How much is it for breakfast?

    The full Vitality Breakfast is €11 per person. The Kids Breakfast (under 12) is €6 per child.

    I am staying on a Sunday. Do you serve food on Sundays?

    The hotel offers breakfast from 8.00am to 11.00am, Lunch from 12.30pm to 3.00pm and an Early Bird / A La Carte menu from 5.30pm to 8.00 pm on Sundays.

  • Booking

    Can I cancel my booking?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Portlaoise offers free cancellation up to 2.00pm on the day of arrival. Some special offers and key dates outlined in the terms and conditions may specify a special cancellation policy applicable to that offer or date. These terms will be outlined in the terms & conditions.

    Do I need a credit card to make a booking?

    Yes, to make a booking, a valid credit card is required to guarantee your reservation. Please note credit/debit cards may be pre-authorised prior to arrival.

    You will be required to authorise your credit card upon check-in but this is for security purposes only and you can choose your preferred payment option on departure. Please note pre-authorisation cannot be completed on debit cards and payment will be required on check-in if a credit card is not available.

    Will my credit/debit card be charged on booking?

    Bookings require a credit card for a guarantee unless in cases where this is otherwise stated. For some special offers and specific dates, full payment is required at time of booking but these terms will be outlined in the special offer terms & conditions.

    Can I claim back on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme?

    Our hotel is registered for the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme. If you stay with us between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021 you can claim up to €125 under this scheme, please see revenue.ie for details.

  • Facilities

    Does the hotel offer family facilities?

    Yes. We have a kids’ pool and family bedrooms. Also, our Family activities are available during school holidays.

    Do you offer family activities?

    Yes, our Family activities are available during school holidays from 6.30pm to 8.00pm each evening.

    What are the opening hours of the leisure facilities?

    Monday to Friday: 7.00am – 10.00pm

    Weekend & Bank Holidays: 8.00am – 8.00pm

    Children are allowed until 6.45pm. Please note that all kids must be supervised under the age of 14 at all time by a parent in the pool.

    Do I need to pay for using the Club Vitae Leisure Centre?

    The use of the leisure facilities is complimentary to all guests staying in the hotel. The leisure centre offers a pool, sauna, steam rooms, Jacuzzi and fully equipped gym.

    How deep is the Pool in Club Vitae Leisure Centre?

    The pool depth is 1.2 meters.

    Is there a spa in the hotel?

    Yes, the ALken Beauty Clinic is located on the first floor of the hotel. They offer a variety of complementary holistic treatments and also a range of beauty treatments tailored to suit your needs.

    What are the opening times from the spa area?

    The opening times are Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am – 6.00pm. Should you require a Sunday appointment, advance booking is required with a minimum of four people. You can contact the spa team directly on +353 (0)57 869 5933.

    Is the hotel accessible?

    Yes, we are proud to be verified as offering superb levels of accessibility throughout our hotel. Please click the button below for full details or contact us if you would like any additional information.

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Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is currently open to essential travel only in accordance with government guidelines. During this time our leisure centre is closed.

 

Reasonable evidence confirming the stay is for essential travel must be provided on arrival, otherwise your booking will be cancelled.

 

Please contact our hotel team to discuss your requirements by calling +353 (0)57 8695900 or email info.portlaoise@maldronhotels.com