Welcome to the Laois Tourism Website - In the Heart of the Midlands.

Thank you for visiting the official website of Laois Tourism. Here you will find information on the picturesque County of Laois located in the heart of the Midlands. Often overlooked as a tourist destination but the county’s compact size makes it ripe for exploration. With so much to offer including a range of activities to its visitors from excellent golf courses to horse riding and fishing. Laois is also blessed with two fine rivers, the River Nore and the River Barrow both providing excellent angling. Hill walkinh and cycling are two other favourite pastimes, not to mention the glorious Slieve Bloom Mountains.The Laois Garden trail will showcase our beautiful gardens and the Laois Heritage Trail will guide you through the historic monuments and fine heritage of Co. Laois.

Latest News

Commemoration of 1916 Centenary in Laois

A draft plan for the commemoration of the Centenary of the 1916 Rising in Laois has been prepared for submission to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and will be going out to public consultation shortly. All views are welcomed. Details will be on http://www.laois.ie/LeisureandCulture/Heritage/Ireland2016/ soon. Adjudication of the Community Grants for 2015 has been completed, and details will also be posted on the website shortly.

 

Community Tourism Diaspora Grants

Local Events in Laois Urged to Apply For Community Tourism Grants Application Process for 2015 Funding Opens For Community Tourism Initiative for the ...

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Community Tourism Diaspora Grants
Local Events in Laois Urged to Apply For Community Tourism Grants Application Process for 2015 Funding Opens For Community Tourism Initiative for the ...
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Community Tourism Diaspora Grants
Local Events in Laois Urged to Apply For Community Tourism Grants Application Process for 2015 Funding Opens For Community Tourism Initiative for the ...
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Upcoming Events

National Heritage Week 2015 - Co. Laois

National Heritage Week takes place from Saturday 22nd August to Sunday 30th August, 2015. 
There is a terrific line up of events taking place in Co. Laois, including Historic Waking Tours,Wildlife Art Workshops,Talks, and Steam Train Trips at Stradbally Hall to name just a few. For further information on what is happening throughout the week please see www.laois.ie/heritage andwww.facebook.com/laoisheritageforum .

 

 

Durrow Scarecrow Festival: July 26th - August 3rd 2015.

The Durrow Scarecrow Festival takes place from Sun 26th July toMon 3rd of August with a packed program of events. See www.durrow.ie and www.facebook/durrowscarecrowfestival for program of events.

The William Edmundson Homecoming Festival 21-27 July, Mountmellick. For more information please see http://www.edmundsonhomecoming.com.

The National Steam Rally Sunday August 2nd & Monday August 3rd. Since 1966, all of this event have been held in the superb grounds of Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co. Laois by kind permission of three generations of the Cosby family.This is considered by many to be the premier event in the calendar of steam and vintage shows throughout Ireland. It attracts a wide range of working exhibits and a huge attendance of visitors. For more information please see www.irishsteam.ie