Opening Hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri

Welcome to Heritage House, Abbeyleix

Heritage House is housed in the historic north boys’ school in Abbeyleix, and was opened in 1997 with a museum dedicated to local history and culture from Abbeyleix and County Laois. The museum at Heritage House will transport visitors back in time with stories from pre-Christian times right up to the 20th century. Learn about the Abbeyleix Carpet Factory, where a number of hand tufted carpets were made for the state room for the Titanic, gain insight to the warring tribes of Laois. Visitors can learn about the Norman influence, the suppression of the monasteries at the hands of Henry VIII and progress through plantations, the influence of the landlords and Ireland’s brush with the industrial revolution.

Our craft and gift shop offers an array of lovely local crafters and artists products. It is the perfect place to browse and support local!

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!

Children can enjoy the secure playground with a wide selection of state of the art play facilities for all ages. Ample car parking and free public toilets are available on site.

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.

Abbeyleix Heritage Company, Heritage House, Rathmoyle, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois,  R32 H244
Telephone: +35357 87 14944
Email: info@abbeyleixheritage.com  

Lynda Morrissey
Lynda Morrissey
8 February 2023
I was actually fortunate enough to work there, great experience, good tours, the home of Heritage, I love it😊
We've got stars directing our fate
We've got stars directing our fate
13 September 2022
Very interesting.
Kathy Ells
Kathy Ells
30 August 2022
Beautiful home, Ross was wonderful! perfect location!
brid mcclearn
brid mcclearn
25 July 2022
Visited a few weeks ago and really enjoyed the museum. Great history of the town and carpet factory, interesting artifacts on show. Really good playground outside too.
Josephine Maguire
Josephine Maguire
21 July 2022
Very friendly gentleman on arrival. Very clean building, toilets clean too. The artifacts are very interesting. Alot smaller than we thought. Wasn't sure what some artifacts were but most things had signage. Well laid out, spacious. Definitely learned something. You'd want a strong interest in history to enjoy and appreciate it.
Aoife Gallagher
Aoife Gallagher
15 July 2022
Lovely place. Lots of history. We walked in. You watch an 8 minute video about Abbeyleix and history surrounding areas. It's a small museum, but packed with info. Nice to look at all the artifacts from dating back to 1800s. I liked it alot. Also the grounds are kept so well. Playground beside it aswell.
Lynda Morrissey
Lynda Morrissey
8 February 2023
I was actually fortunate enough to work there, great experience, good tours, the home of Heritage, I love it😊
We've got stars directing our fate
We've got stars directing our fate
13 September 2022
Very interesting.
Kathy Ells
Kathy Ells
30 August 2022
Beautiful home, Ross was wonderful! perfect location!
brid mcclearn
brid mcclearn
25 July 2022
Visited a few weeks ago and really enjoyed the museum. Great history of the town and carpet factory, interesting artifacts on show. Really good playground outside too.
Josephine Maguire
Josephine Maguire
21 July 2022
Very friendly gentleman on arrival. Very clean building, toilets clean too. The artifacts are very interesting. Alot smaller than we thought. Wasn't sure what some artifacts were but most things had signage. Well laid out, spacious. Definitely learned something. You'd want a strong interest in history to enjoy and appreciate it.
Aoife Gallagher
Aoife Gallagher
15 July 2022
Lovely place. Lots of history. We walked in. You watch an 8 minute video about Abbeyleix and history surrounding areas. It's a small museum, but packed with info. Nice to look at all the artifacts from dating back to 1800s. I liked it alot. Also the grounds are kept so well. Playground beside it aswell.