A tranquil haven of beauty

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.

  • Beautiful gardens & parkland
  • Neo-classical mansion
  • Woodland walks
Open Mar to Nov

Opening Times:

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
Senior/Group: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Garden: Free entry

Useful Information

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

Getting There

2.5km from Emo (Accessed from Kildare–Portlaoise Road–N7). 7km from the Portarlington train station

Map Location: 53.107194, -7.196853
Contact Emo Court

Emo, Co. Laois, Ireland

Eircode: R32 PN40
T: +353 (0)57 862 6573
E: emocourt@opw.ie
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