Heritage House offers a wide range of facilities and services to tourists, groups and members of the public.

These range from rental of meeting rooms, group tours, genealogy services, a research room and reference library, to a playground and picnic area

Kids Activities & Workshops

Abbeyleix Heritage offers a range of themed Kids Camps through out the year. The themes are chosen to reflect the calendar and the history of the area, they include the award winning Kids Shipwreck Dig Workshop, that won the national Children’s Event award from the Heritage Council for Heritage Week 2013, Brigid’s Cross Workshops, Viking, Celtic and Medieval Shield Making, Illuminated Manuscript Making and costume making.

These camps are held regularly though out the year and can be organised and tailored especially for visiting groups. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or check out our News & Events section of our website for news of upcoming camps. If you would like to have a workshop or camp organised for your group, either in Heritage House or in a venue of your choice, contact us for more information.

Meeting Room

The Mulhall Community Room is available for booking on an hourly, daily and half daily basis. The room is equipped with Audio Video facilities and can be used for meetings, conferences, training and many other purposes. Contact us for more information or to view.

Playground

We have a beautiful wooden playground on our property. It includes a toddler area with sand pit, multi-play area and basket swings. The area for older children includes a climbing frame, zip line, swings, slide and carousel. Picnic benches are also available in the playground

Research Room

We have a Research Room that offers the opportunity to study the history of Abbeyleix and Co Laois, as well as local businesses including Abbeyleix Carpet Factory and Morrissey’s Pub. Our archive collection includes a reference library and a large number of primary source documents, including shop and undertakers ledgers, school roll books and maps.

Group Tours

Abbeyleix Heritage welcomes all groups, large and small, to Heritage House, the Sexton’s House and the town of Abbeyleix.

We can give customised tours of our centre, concentrating on any historic periods or events required. We can also give tours of the historic planned estate town of Abbeyleix, showing the important buildings and telling stories of days gone by.

Digitisation Services

We now offer state of the art digitisation services here in Heritage House. Whether you want want photographs blown up for weddings or other family events, important videos converted to DVD or digital so you can still watch them in this time of ever changing technology, come in and talk to us.

We have a number of high quality scanners offering scanned resolutions of up to 1200ppi, this allows standard sized photographs to be blown up to poster size! We can also digitise other more difficult things such as books and objects using our copy stand and high resolution camera. We have a high quality video digitiser for converting your old home video tapes into DVD's or other digital media formats for watching on your computer, or putting them online, onto You Tube or Vimeo.

And please remember us if you have any historic photographs, documents or videos in your possession. With this new technology we can copy your treasured items and return them to your possession within a few hours. This allows us to expand our collection and allows others to discover the full history of our historic town.

Reference Collection