Historic Houses and Castles

Historic Houses and Castles

Emo Court House & Gardens


Republic of Ireland

Emo Court was designed by the architect James Gandon in 1790 for the Earls of Portarlington and is a magnificent example of the neo-classical style. During the middle of this century it was owned by the Jesuits and it was then acquired and extensively restored by Mr. Cholmeley Harrison in the 1960s.

Located in Emo, County Laois, 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 fine trees and shrubs. The house and gardens were taken into state ownership in 1994.

Cupcake Cafe at Emo Tea Rooms is open 1st of February, to 31st of October, Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. From 1st of November to 31st January, open Saturday and Sundays, from 10am until 5pm. Open on all bank holidays from 10am to 5pm. Groups welcome, but booking is required.

Restricted access for visitors with disabilities.

Admission Prices

Admission Fees E Adult: €4. Sen/Group: €3. Child/Student: €2. Family: €8.00

House: Easter - April to Mid Sept: Daily 10.00 - 18.00 Last admission one hour before closing.Refer to website Gardens open all year every day during daylight hours. Entry to the gardens is FREE. No dogs are allowed. Cycling is forbidden. Average Length of Visit: 1 hour Facilities Toilets, car

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