Kilkenny Castle: A Regal Encounter with History
- Ireland's Ancient East, Kilkenny, Things to do
- 22 March 2023
Abbeyleix Heritage House, located in County Laois, is a fascinating museum housed in the historic north boys' school building. It offers visitors the chance to journey back in time and learn about the pre-Christian warring tribes of Laois, the Norman influence, and the suppression of monasteries under Henry VIII.
With exhibits that showcase the influence of landlords, the impact of plantations, and Ireland's brush with the industrial revolution, visitors can gain a unique insight into the rich history of the area.
Abbeyleix Heritage House was also once home to the Abbeyleix Carpet Factory, which made several hand-tufted carpets for the state room on the Titanic. Discover the story of the town of Abbeyleix, built by the de Vesci landlords, and explore its architectural gems, including intriguing links to the Titanic.
The Sexton House, a beautiful historic building, can also be viewed with advance booking through the Heritage House. Additionally, the museum features ancient artifacts and traditional crafts from Laois.
There is also a safe and well-equipped play and amenity area for children at the back of the house, making it a great destination for the whole family.