Emo Court

Emo Court

Contact Details

Address: Emo, Co. Laois

Telephone No: +353 57 862 6573
Fax No: +353 57 862 6460
E-mail: emocourt@opw.ie

Opening Hours

House: 2nd April to 23rd September: Daily 10.00 - 18.00

Last admission one hour before closing.

Gardens open all year every day during daylight hours.  Entry to the gardens is FREE.


2.2km walking loop of the 20 acre man made lake. Includes 2 foot bridges and 1.1km of pathways. Walkers and walking clubs welcome.

No dogs are allowed.  Cycling is forbidden.

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour

Admission Fees

D Adult: €4.00
Sen/Group: €3.00
Child/Student: €2.00
Family: €10.00


Toilets, car / coach park.

Emo Court was designed by the architect James Gandon in 1790 for the Earls of Portarlington and is a magnificent example of this 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. The house and gardens were taken into State ownership in 1994.

Location: 2.5km from Emo. (Accessed from Kildare - Portlaoise Road - N7). 7km from the Portarlington train station.
Bus Route(s): Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 836 6111

Guided Tours: Access to house by guided tour only. Guided tours available hourly.
Maximum number: 25
Duration: 40 - 45 minutes
Tours of garden available by prior booking.

Leaflet/Guide book: English

Restaurant/Tearooms: Cupcake Cafe at Emo Tea Rooms - Open 1st February to 31st October
Monday - Friday  10am to 5pm       Saturday & Sunday 10am to 6pm
1st November to 31st January - Open Saturday and Sundays   10am to 5pm.
Open on all Bank Holidays from 10am to 5pm.
Groups welcome - booking required.
Telephone +353 57 863 3964 or e-mail: info@cupcakecafe.ie

Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above.

Photography / Video allowed: Not permitted on tour

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