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Emo Court

A magnificent example of neo-classical architecture

08:30 – 20:30

See all opening times

Emo Court

A magnificent example of neo-classical architecture

08:30 – 20:30

See all opening times

Limited Access


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.


Admission is free for 2020 due to works taking place at the site.

Getting here

Co. Laois
R32 C44V

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Emo Court

Emo Court is a quintessential neo-classical mansion, set in the midst of the ancient Slieve Bloom Mountains. The famous architect James Gandon, fresh from his work on the Custom House and the Four Courts in Dublin, set to work on Emo Court in 1790. However, the building that stands now was not completed until some 70 years later.

The estate was home to the earls of Portarlington until the War of Independence forced them to abandon Ireland for good. The Jesuits moved in some years later and, as the Novitiate of the Irish Province, the mansion played host to some 500 of the order’s trainees.

A Major Cholmeley-Harrison took over Emo Court in the 1960s and fully restored it. He opened the beautiful gardens and parkland to the public before finally presenting the entire estate to the people of Ireland in 1994.

You can now enjoy a tour of the house before relaxing in its charming tearoom. The gardens are a model of neo-classical landscape design, with formal lawns, a lake and woodland walks just waiting to be explored.

Opening Times

Open all year round with the exception of Christmas Day.

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour

Seasonal Opening Times

January, February, November, December

08:30 – 16:30

March & October

08:30 – 17:00

April & September

08:30 – 19:00

May – August

08:30 – 20:30


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.


Co. Laois
R32 C44V

057 862 6573

Getting Here

2.5km from Emo. (Accessed from Kildare – Portlaoise Road – N7). 7km from the Portarlington train station.

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