Portlaoise is a little slice of rural heaven situated in the heart of the Irish midlands, boasting some of the most breathtaking natural beauty that the Republic of Ireland has to offer. With great transport links, a vibrant nightlife, fantastic arts and culture, and some beautiful places to stay, it’s hardly surprising that this is one of Ireland’s fastest growing towns.
If you’re looking to book a hotel in central Portlaoise, or find accommodation in the nearby countryside, there are options available to suit all tastes and budgets. The historic centre has a handful of exclusive heritage hotels, or if you’re looking to get out in nature, there are also some charming bed and breakfasts and even a campsite in the area.
Many of the hotels in the centre of Portlaoise are old heritage sites, now modernised with contemporary luxuries such as gyms, spas and WiFi. If you fancy treating yourself to some of Portlaoise’s fantastic history in a hotel with modern comforts, staying centrally is your best option. Surrounded by historic ruins, fantastic shopping, and great places to eat, you’ll have everything you need right on your doorstep.
If you’re planning to visit one of the regions popular festivals, a hotel in Portlaoise makes an ideal base. The most prominent festival in the area is the Electric Picnic, an award-winning alternative music festival that takes place annually in the grounds of the stunning 18th century Stradbally Hall, just outside of Portlaoise. With world-famous acts participating every year since its launch in 2004, the Electric Picnic has garnered international acclaim and has even been nicknamed ‘Ireland’s Glastonbury’. If you’re attending, you will want to book a hotel in Portlaoise early to avoid disappointment.
If you simply want to be closer to the great outdoors and the rolling Slieve Bloom Mountain range, budget accommodation is also available. You might want to book a backpacker’s hostel, self-catering accommodation, or even stay on the family-run Laois Camping and Caravan Park. The campsite is conveniently situated on farmland just south of Portlaoise’s centre, with heritage sites, parks and transport links close by, making this the ideal option for a family getaway.
If you’re active, you could book accommodation in a number of scenic waterside hotels, close to the Grand Canal. Fishing is very popular here in County Laois, and the range of other sports available is diverse. Portlaoise Leisure Centre is an impressively sized swimming complex for a town of this size, and offers one of the best public gyms in the region. There are also several central hotels with gyms in Portlaoise, and for the outdoor sportsman, equestrian activities and the Heath Golf Club are located nearby.
The arts, crafts, nature and historic value of Portlaoise are clear, and with an increasingly international population, it’s easy to see why this is one of Ireland’s fastest growing towns. Book a hotel in Portlaoise with Expedia today.