The Lutyens designed Heywood Gardens
Laois has some amazing sights and attractions and here are a list of the Top 10 you should include on any visit:
1: The Rock of Dunamase. Laois' most famous landmark, this Anglo-Norman fortification boasts stunning views.
2: The Slieve Bloom mountains are a pure gem, offering great vistas, and are ideal for walkers and hikers.
3: Emo Court. The James Gandon mansion is open to the public and is set amidst beautiful parkland, ideal for walkers
4: Abbeyleix Heritage town. The streetscape of this planned estate town is a must, as are its many historic buildings.
5: Heywood Gardens - the Lutyens designed gardens feature a sunken walled garden, replete with a pond.
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6: Timahoe Round Tower is arguably the most singular of its kind in the country, owing to its ornate carved doorway.
7: Mountmellick Museum details the history of Mountmellick embroidery and the town's Quaker industrial history.
8: Aghaboe Abbey. The ruins of the Abbey are an oasis of peace today, but its history is colourful to say the least.
9: Abbeyleix bog walk. The raised boardwalk offers a unique perspective on this walk across a unique ecosystem.
10: Poet's Cottage Camross - a preserved thatched cottage offering a glimpse of rural life in the Ireland of the 1800s.