Things To Do
Roll & Bowl Entertainment CentreThis 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 also an outdoor mini golf 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. Open Monday- Sunday 11am - 10pm for more information visit http://www.bowlingireland.com.
Fossey Mountain SpringsThe Western Riding Ranch was dreamt up by Mick LaCumbre, who has 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 scenic wooded landscape from one hour to eight hours! Fossey Mountain Springs Ranch is open 9am - 9pm 7 days a week. For more information phone (057) 87 36527 or visit their website: www.fosseymountainsprings.com
Irish Fly Fishing and Game Shooting MuseumThis is the only hunting and fishing museum of its kind in Europe. There are over 4 thousand exhibits with rare artifacts tracing the development of hunting, shooting and fishing in Ireland through the ages. Exhibits tell the stories of hunting and fishing from two angles. They show ingenious devices and also displays the exquisite guns, rods and tackle use by the well-to-do, who hunted and fished for sport. For more information phone (057) 86 31662, this museum is open normal business hours.
Silverline CruisesThis 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 licensed 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 Visit www.silverlinecruisers.com for more information
Creans Barge HireA family friendly owned cruise hire company based on the Grand Canal, Vickarstown, County Laois. The equipped base is ideally located to explore both the Grand Canal and the River Barrow. The Grand Canal and the River Barrow waterways provide two completely different cruising experiences. For more information phone (057) 86 25189 or visit their website www.barrowline.com
Kilvahan Horse Drawn CarriagesAward winning horse drawn carriage holidays gives 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. For more information phone (057) 87 35178 or visit their website www.horsedrawncaravans.com
Round Tower of TimahoeTimahoe round Tower is 15 minutes drive from the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, a quiet rural village located close to the Fossey Mountains Springs area of County Laois. The Round Tower was built some time in the 1100s, on the site of a religious community founded by St. Mochua around 600. The tower is 30 metres high and 17 metres in circumference making it the largest of its type in the country. It is thought that there have been several churches here over the years e.g. there is reference to a church been burnt here in the 10th century. The re-built church was destroyed in 1142 and re-founded. There was a monastic settlement here until around 1650. Tower grounds open daily during daylight hours. For more information visit http://roundtowers.org/timahoe/.
Dunamaise Arts CentreAt 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 www.dunamaise.ie.
Mondello ParkMondello 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. For further information visit www.mondellopark.ie or phone (045) 86 0200.
Supershot PaintballingSet 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 or visit stradballyhall.ie/activities/paintball/.
The Grid Go-KartingThis 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. Get Ireland’s fastest karting experience on The Grid Go –Karting’s huge indoor track. For more info on packages contact (059) 9164817 or visit www.g2.ie/activities/go-karting/.
Odeon Cinema PortlaoiseFor more information on cinema listings contact 1520 88 00 00 or visit their website www.odeoncinemas.ie/cinemas/portlaoise/203/
Emo Court & GardensEmo Court was designed in 1790 by the architect James Gandon for the Earls of Portarlington and is a magnificent example of the neo-classical style. During the middle of this century it was owned by the Jesuits and it was then acquired and extensively restored by Mr. Cholmeley Harrison in the 1960s. 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. The house and gardens were taken into state ownership in 1994. Visit www.emocourt.net for more information.
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Stradbally Steam MuseumStradbally Steam Museum celebrates the steam engines that once ruled Ireland’s railways, built its roads and worked on its farms. The museum houses a range steam, fire and farm engines. One of the permanent fixtures in the museum is a 1950 Land Rover fire engine. This served the area of Stradbally for many years. Some of the engines that are housed here are still fully functional and are used in the National Steam Rally. The ISPS operate a narrow gauge heritage railway in th grounds of Stradbally Hall and offers rides on this unique railway to the public on selected Bank Holidays and during the summer season. For more information visit Web: www.irishsteam.ie/ or call (086)3890814
Poet’s CottageLocated in the picturesque village of Camross at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains the cottage is named after Patrick Ryan, a poet who lived in Camross between 1750 and 1825. He wrote about the natural beauty and the people of the community. Camross, Co. Laois. Slieve Bloom visitor information www.slievebloom.ie
Mountmellick MuseumMountmellick Museum opened its doors in October 2003. The museum has a craft shop which stocks local crafts and a wide range of books along with fabric, thread, needles and patterns. You can also commission your very own piece of Mountmellick Embroidery. The staff offers guided tours of the town’s Heritage trail: you can also try to research your Quaker Heritage through the genealogy database. There is a free car/coach park and it is wheelchair accessible Mountmellick Embroidery workshops are available on request. Items of Mountmellick Embroidery can be purchased from the Museum craft shop! Mountmellick, Co. Laois. Opening Hours:Monday – Friday 9am-5pm Phone: 057 8624525 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donaghmore Workhouse & Agricultural MuseDonaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum is a unique attraction in Co. Laois, which tells the story of the families who lived and died within the Famine Workhouse walls before, during and after Ireland's Great Famine of 1845.One of the aims of the museum is to illustrate the lives of the poor who lived in the buildings. It was home to many people between 1852 and 1886 and the décor and conditions are recreated in the original buildings. There is an extensive agricultural collection with an array of artefacts such as farm inplements, tools and household items. Situated 34KM from the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise approx. 35 mins drive Tel: 0505 46315 / 086 8296685 (Trevor) Email: email@example.com