Emo Court

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.

Due to essential works Emo Tearooms will be closed on the 9th, 17th, 18th and 19th April 2018.

OPW and Catoca management apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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