Emo Court

Emo Court

Contact Details


Co. Laois
R32 C44V

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

Website: www.emocourt.ie


N 53° 6' 26.908"
W 7° 11' 54.741"

Opening Hours

PLEASE NOTE : The house at Emo Court will not open to visitors in 2020 due to restoration works, but will reopen in 2021 with an enhanced visitor offering. 

During 2020, the parklands at Emo Court will be open as usual, free of charge, with the same seasonal opening hours. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Gardens open all year:

January, February & November, December 08:30 - 16:30

March & October 08:30 - 17:00

April & September 08:30 - 19:00

May, June, July & August 08:30 - 20:30

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

There is no admission charges for 2020 due to works taken place at Emo Court.


Toilets, car / coach park, tea rooms.


Following the Taoiseach's announcement, Friday 7 August 2020, please note the following:

Emo Court Parklands are open from 8.30am to last entrance at 8.30pm

Tea/Coffee & light snacks are available from CaToCa's takeaway unit located outside the tearooms.

Enjoy your visit and walk with nature and abide by COVID-19 guidelines.

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: 25Duration: 40 - 45 minutesTours of garden available by prior booking.Leaflet/Guide book: English


CaToCa Fine Food and Giftware at Emo Tea Rooms

Open all year round with the exception of Christmas Day.

Opening times:

Spring, Summer and Autumn:

Monday - Sunday inclusive 10:00 to 18:00


Monday - Sunday inclusive 10:00 to 16:00

Open on all Bank Holidays from 10:00 to 17:00

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