Address: Emo, Co. Laois, R32 C44V.
Telephone No: +353 57 862 6573
Fax No: +353 57 862 6460
13th April - 27 September
Daily 10.00 - 18.00
Last admission one hour before closing.
Gardens open all year:
January, February & November, December 8:30am - 4:30pm
March & October 8:30am - 5pm
April & September 8:30am - 7pm
May, June, July & August 8:30am - 8:30pm
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
Toilets, car / coach park, tea rooms.
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.
2.5km from Emo. (Accessed from Kildare - Portlaoise Road - N7). 7km from the Portarlington train station.
Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 836 6111
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
CaToCa Fine Food and Giftware at Emo Tea Rooms
1 February to 31 October, Monday - Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 6pm
1 November to 31 January, 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 +353 86 617 3534
Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above.
Photography / Video allowed: Not permitted on tour