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Portlaoise Introduction

One of the fastest growing towns in Ireland, Portlaoise is a bustling commercial, retail and arts hub in the South Midlands. It's a melting pot of sorts as well, with about a fifth of the population made up of non-Irish nationals. Home to a high percentage of residents under the age of 18, the town oozes an irrepressible, youthful vibe. Significantly different from its beginnings in the 16th century as a sleepy settlement under England's Queen Mary, today's Portlaoise is abuzz with restaurants and pubs, all manners of shops and lively festivals.

Hotels in Portlaoise

Whether you're in town for business or for pleasure, Portlaoise hotels are more than prepared to provide all that you need for a comfortable and memorable stay. If you're looking for luxury hotels in Portlaoise, you won't be disappointed – there are 5-star B&Bs offering perfectly charming guestrooms overlooking leafy gardens, complimentary breakfast in stately dining rooms, and cosy, inviting lounges kept warm by fireplaces. High-end accommodations can also be had in larger 4-star hotels, which feature modern rooms and upscale restaurants, along with business and fitness centres. Perks like indoor pools and relaxing spa treatments add to the luxurious vibe of these hotels.

Where to stay in Portlaoise

The town centre is unsurprisingly one of the most popular areas to stay in Portlaoise. Hotels here are just a stone's throw away from Market Square's vibrant nightclubs and the restaurants, pubs and boutiques of Main Street. The shopping centres and department stores near New Road are also within easy reach. If you're looking to stay someplace that's less busy, consider the Dublin Road area east of the town centre, a peaceful district with pockets of green spaces and streets dotted with lovely houses. Or try the southern outskirts, where lodgings are just off the M7 motorway and close to casual dining options.

Things to see in Portlaoise

A day on the greens is a pleasant experience at the Portlaoise Golf Club. Built on the grounds of the original 19th-century Maryborough Golf Club, it boasts an expansive 18-hole parkland course where more than 2,000 trees offer leafy shade and water features test the mettle of intrepid golfers. You don't need to be a member to play; the club offers tempting deals on green fees to visitors. Experiencing the local arts scene can be a blast at the Dunamaise Arts Centre. There are galleries showcasing local, national and international art, a cosy theatre where concerts, plays and musicals are held, and art workshops designed for the whole family to enjoy. If you love history, take an 11-minute ride east to the Rock of Dunamase, an outcrop where an early Christian settlement was raided by the Vikings in 842. The ruins of the 12th-century Dunamase Castle, one of the most vital Anglo-Norman strongholds in the county, are also found here.

How to get to Portlaoise

Dublin Airport is the nearest aviation gateway for travellers who are flying in, while those arriving by sea will transit through Dublin Port. If you opt to hire a car and drive yourself to Portlaoise, you can expect to drive a little under 2 hours on the M4 before reaching the town. Getting in by rail and going to other Irish cities couldn't be more convenient as Portlaoise is on the main route between Dublin Heuston to Limerick and Cork. Travelling from Dublin Airport to Portlaoise by bus is another option, as Bus Éireann and private bus companies operate routes that serve the town.