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Things to do in Portlaoise

This hotel accommodation in Portlaoise is situated in the heart of Ireland & offers something for everyone, from shopping to golfing. Browse our lists below and get planning your things to do for a fun filled stay at the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise.

Roll & Bowl Entertainment Centre

This entertainment centre has computerised state of the art ten pin bowling alleys featuring the pin ball wizard for children, bowling balls and shoes for all ages. The centre also has glow in the dark lanes, pool, air hockey and video games available upstairs in the games room. There is outdoor mini golf also available (equipment is provided). The soft play centre with three areas over three levels has ball pools, slides, twisters, punch bags, Ariel runways, scramble nets, stepping stones and lots more. The centre also caters for parties which are held in the Rain Forest area. To visit their website please click here.

Open Monday- Sunday 11am - 10pm



Fossey Mountain Springs Ranch

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 scenic wooded landscape from one hour to eight hours! For more information phone (057) 87 36527 or visit their website:

Fossey Mountain Springs Ranch is open 9am-9pm 7 days a week.


Irish Fly Fishing and Game Shooting Museum

This is the only hunting and fishing museum of its kind in Europe. There are over 4 thousand exhibits with rare artefacts tracing the development of hunting, shooting and fishing through the ages. For more information phone (057) 86 31662, this museum is open normal business hours.


Silverline Cruises

This scheduled boat trip commences on Wednesday the 4th of July and operates every Wednesday and Sunday during July and August. The “River Queen" has a capacity for 50 passengers with a fully licenced bar and live commentary provided by the friendly captain on board.

Adult: One Way €10, Return €12

Children: One Way €6, Return €8

OAP'S: One Way €8.50, Return €11.50


Creans Barge Hire

A family friendly owned cruise hire company based on the Grand Canal, Vickarstown, Co Laois. The equipped base is ideally located to explore both the Grand Canal and the River Barrow. For more information phone (057) 86 25189 or visit their website


Kilvahan Horse Drawn Carriages

Award winning horse drawn carriage holidays gives you the opportunity to step outside the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Activities include Pat-zoo, pony ride, trekking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, carriage tours and Castle Banquets. For more information phone (057) 87 35178 or visit their website


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. For further information phone (057) 86 63355 or visit the website


Mondello Park

Mondello Park offers a wide range of events and activities including motor racing courses, entertainment, car and bike tracks, early drive and much more. For further information visit or phone (045) 86 0200.


Donaghmore Famine Workhouse and Museum

This amazing Workhouse Museum is a unique attraction in Ireland which aims to tell the story of families who lived and died here before, during and after the Great Famine, Visitors can walk through the virtually unchanged ruins of the 19th Century workhouse.

Open: July & August, 7 days 2pm-5pm

For more information please phone: (057) 86 46315 or visit the website:


Supershot Paintballing

Set in beautiful mature Irish woodland Supershot has the most up to date facilities in Irish paintballing. This is ideal for corporate outings, schools, colleges, families, stag and hen party nights. For more information please phone (086) 3777499.


The Grid Go- Karting

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

For more info on packages contact (059) 9164817 or email


Storm Cinema Portlaoise

Storm Cinema is in operation in Portlaoise since 2001. They offer something for film fans of all ages. For more information on cinema listings contact 1520 88 00 00 or visit their website