Emo Court

Contact Details


Co. Laois,
R32 C44V.

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


N 53° 6' 26.908"

W 7° 11' 54.741"

Opening Hours



29th March - 4th November

29th March - 26th Sept - Daily 10.00 - 18.00

October - Weekends Only

29th Oct - 4th Nov - Daily 

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. Dogs on leads only.  Cycling is forbidden.

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour

Admission Fees

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00


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.

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


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

Email: info@catocafinefood.com

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

Photography / Video allowed: Not permitted on tour