The area around The Spires is blessed with beautiful country side, its renowned fishing, shooting, riding, hunting, hill walking, mountain climbing and golf. A host of attractions make a visit to area a time to remember.
Less than 30 minutes from The Spires is Ireland's smallest city, Kilkenny. Home to Smithwick's Ale, this charming medieval town has become well-known for its excellent bars and restaurants, two of which have been awarded coveted Michelin stars. Voted by Condé Naste travellers as the ninth friendliest city in the world, a trip to Ireland's midlands is not complete with out a visit to Kilkenny Castle, which dates back to the 12th Century.
Further information can be found on <a href="http://www.visitkilkenny.ie/" target="_blank">the Visit Kilkenny website</a>.
Borris-in-Ossory, Co. Laois
Open to vistors all year round.
Nothing outside the garden gate suggests the extent or beauty of Gash Gardens. Once inside you are greeted by an amazing oasis packed with intersting and unusual plants to lure and inspire both the keen plants person and the garden novice.
Open May 1 - September 30. Monday - Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Admission €5.00.
Castletown, Co. Laois
Tel.: 057 8732247
Laois Angling Centre
Coolrain, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Exceptional game and coarse fishing with brown and rainbow trout, carp and bream. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, the modern facilities with wheelchair access, tackle hire and light refreshments and picnic/barbeque areas provides the complete fishing experience and family day out.
Tel.: 057 8735091
KILVAHAN HORSE-DRAWN CARAVANS
With 16 authentic caravans fitted out to a luxury standard and experienced horses that are ideal for pulling caravans. No previous horse experience is required by the quest.
Portlaoise Leisure Centre
This Award winning, state of the Art, Leisure Centre has highly efficient and friendly staff to ensure your visit is as relaxing or action packed as you want it to be. It has soccer pitches, a great 25 metre pool, teaching pool, feature pool, Sauna and Steam room, together with the largest and most comprehensive Health Club and studio in the Midlands, plus a Healthy Option Gallery Café.
Moneyballytyrell, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Donaghmore Workhouse and Agricultural Museum
A unique attraction in Co. Laois, that aims to tell the story of the families who lived and died within the Famine Workhouse walls before, during and after the Great Famine. The Museum uses guided and self-guided tours combined with exibits to explain the conditions which led to the establishment of this and other Workhouses.
Donaghmore, Rathdowney, Co. Laois
Supershot, Upper Crubbin, Ballyroan, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Tel.: 086 3777499
Mountmellick Heritage Trail
The Mountmellick Heritage Trail is an opportunity to stroll through the town of Mountmellick and explore its historical and cultural depths. The trail takes the format of two circuits set in a figure of eight, which facilitates a looped walk encompassing the whole character of this intriguing town. The complete trail is 2.8 miles long.
Mountmellick Development Association,
Irishtown, Mountmellick, Co. Laois
Tel.: 057 8624525
Roll’n’Bowl Portlaoise Entertainment Centre
Bowling - Cosmic Ten Pin Bowling
Laser Quest - New to Ireland
Soft Play Centre - Play Centre over 4 levels
Roller Skateing Disco - The coolest disco ever
Teddy Bear Making - Make your own
All Day Coffee Dock, Supervised Car Parking, Wheelchair Accessible.
Open every day 11am-10pm (New Years eve closed at 6pm & re open New Years Day at 12pm)
Clonminam Business Park, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Tel.: 057 870005
Stradbally Equestrian Centre
Located on the Stradbally Hall Demense with flood lit fenced outdoor arena, a lighted, rubber and sand surfaced indoor arena, spacious stables it offers beginner horse enthusiasts and the more advanced, with an idyllic setting to enjoy and take part in the many equine activities on offer.
Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co. Laois
The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort
A 72 par Championship golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes is set in the beautiful rolling countryside with the Slieve Bloom Mountains as a backdrop. This championship golf course provides the most enjoyable experience for golfers of all standards in Ireland.
Killenard, Co. Laois, Ireland
Tel.: 057 864 5500
Clonaslee Forest Trailhead
Offaly and Laois at the heart of Ireland welcomes all visitors to the enormous tracts of wilderness, expanses of bogland, esker hills, mountains and deep wooded valleys. This is a historic land with a rich tradition of myths, fables and legends which are still celebrated to this day.