Emo Court, located in the village of Emo in County Laois is a neo-classical mansion. It was designed by the architect James Gandon in 1790 for the Earls of Portarlington and is a magnificent example of neo-classical style. During the middle of the 20th century it was owned by the Jesuits, it was then acquired and extensively restored by Mr. Cholmeley-Harrison in the 1960s.
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 many very fine trees and shrubs. It offers the visitor a truly tranquil experience. The house and gardens were taken into State ownership in 1994.
House: Closed until Mid-Summer 2019 due to works. Please check website: www.heritageireland.ie for definite opening times
Garden: Open daily all year round during daylight hours. Last admission one hour before closing
Admission Prices 2019:
House: Adult €5.00
Garden: Free entry
Access to house by hourly guided tour only. Garden tours available by prior booking.
Car & coach Parking available.
2.2km walking loop of lake.
Cupcake Café at Emo Tea Rooms, booking required for groups
2.5km from Emo (Accessed from Kildare–Portlaoise Road–N7). 7km from the Portarlington train station
Emo, Co. Laois, Ireland
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