At Heritage House we provide a range of facilities and services which cater for the local community and visitor experience.

The Heritage Centre was opened in 1997  with a museum dedicated to local history and culture from Abbeyleix and County Laois. We have a Carpet Factory exhibition room where you can find out how handmade carpets manufactured in Abbeyleix formed part of the furnishings on the ill-fated Titanic.

Walking tours of Ireland’s Oldest Planned Town, Abbeyleix, can also be arranged at the centre. We also provide a local research room which contains a vast amount of information on Abbeyleix and the surrounding area. Reasonably priced family research packages are available and can be undertaken by our skilled research staff to suit your requests. We provide a one-stop-shop for all your heritage needs!

We provide a cafe, where you can relax and try some of our fresh local produce, whilst the children can enjoy the secure playground with a wide selection of state of the art play facilities for all ages with on site ample car parking facilities available.

Heritage House offers multiple sized conference room spaces which can be adapted and tailored to meet your requirements. Ideally located just off the M7/M8 motorway, we offer; reasonable rates, refreshments, Wifi and audiovisual facilitates  for both small and large numbers. Office space at the building is also available with negotiable rates.

For further details and enquiries please feel free to contact us on:

Abbeyleix Heritage Company.
Telephone:+35357 8731653

About Us

Abbeyleix Heritage Company was formed in 1993 with the aim of preserving the unique history of the planned estate town of Abbeyleix. With this in mind it was determined that a heritage center should be established and the old North or Boys School was identified as a suitable location. This building had been used as school for more than a century but had then been abandoned following the the merger of the North School and Convent Primary School to form Scoil Muire, a new co-educational national school.

Heritage House was officially opened on 17 May 1997 by Enda Kenny TD, Minister for Tourism at the time and current Taoiseach.


Heritage House is located at the northern edge of Abbeyleix town off the Portlaoise Road.

If coming out of Abbeyleix you will see a turn to the right signposted Ballyroan, take that turn and our entrance is on the left after approximately 30m.

If approaching from Portlaoise, you will pass the fire station on your left, continue up the hill and you will come to a turn for Ballyroan immediately over the crest of the hill. Take that turn and we are on the left approximately 30m from the junction.


Opening Hours

We are open:
Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Admission Fee: Adult €4
Children/Seniors/Groups €3 PP
Toddlers free All funds raised from the admission fee are used to cover maintenance and running costs of the center.

Heritage House is Supported by