At Experiencing Laois we offer bespoke tours by identifying the interests and passions of you and your group. This area offers a myriad of different experiences like the wonderfully captivating and fascinating Rock of Dunamase, the seat of power of the ancient Kings of Leinster and then the Normans, and the stunning beauty of the rolling Sliabh Bloom mountains – one of the oldest mountain ranges in Europe that is rich in both history and mythology.
5000 years of stories right here at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.
"Absolutely the best!!! Going on an adventure with Trudy and Hazel was like going with friends."
5,000 years of stories ready to explore right at the heart of Ireland's Ancient East
Our tours are custom designed to your needs and interests so contact us to find out what we can do for you during your visit to this amazing and beautiful place
Our 'Something To Do' tours are guided tours of the fascinating sites of Laois, and beyond, organised throughout the year.
Our guide meets you at the venue
Tour is approximately 2 hours
Admission €5 children free
No booking is required .
There are no upcoming events at this time.
"Experiencing Laois led a tour of the Rock of Dunamase last night as part of Heritage Week. It was a really great tour which left you wanting to know more."
Well I Never
There are many amazing stories to explore while visiting Laois
Here are a few to discover right now
Captain Jeremiah Grant was the last man to be hanged in Portlaoise (Maryborough) on the 13th August 1816, where the courthouse is today. Captain Grant was an infamous and extremely dangerous highway man in the 18th and early 19th centuries. During his life he also ran a public house in Wexford for 2 years unbeknownst to the authorities under the pseudonym George Clooney.
The oldest fleshed bog body in the world was found in County Laois in the townland of Cashel. According to radiocarbon dating he was approximately 4,000 years old. It is believed that it may have been a sacrificial killing.
Abbeyleix is thought to be the oldest planned estate town in Ireland. It is the work of the Viscounts De Vesci family who came to the town in the late 17th century. They were very benevolent landlords and are responsible for buildings like The library (once the market house), the north and south schools and Pembroke Terrace.