A couple walking their dogs along the tree-lined avenue leading to Emo Court

Updated: A Visit to Emo Court House and Parklands

This post was originally published on 6 December 2018 and updated on 27 May 2019.

Emo Court House and Parklands are located just a couple of kilometres from the village of Emo in County Laois. The house is a magnificent neo-classical mansion that’s well worth a visit.  Take a tour to appreciate the stunning interiors and hear about the interesting history of Emo Court. Or simply enjoy the beautiful parklands surrounding the house, which are free to explore all year round. 

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4x4 jeeps returning to base at Off Road Driving

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Castletown House from the parklands

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Dalkey and Killiney Hill – enjoyable short walks in Dublin

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I sold it as a short walk up Killiney hill but in the end we did manage to add on a few extra kilometres. This really is a very scenic part of Dublin with stunning coastal views, so if you make the trip out it’s well worth exploring Killiney and Dalkey a little. Read More