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Portlaoise, the county town of Laois, is situated amid rolling pastures and peat bogs. Located on the banks of the river Triogue, Portlaoise enjoys views of the Slieve Bloom mountains and the Dysart Hills, inviting visitors to take a drive and experience the changing landscapes. Portlaoise also acts as a convenient base for sight- seeing throughout Ireland, since its roads link to Dublin, Limerick and Cork. The town has expanded in recent years to become a centre for shopping and nightlife, with a wide range of stores, restaurants, pubs (many with live music sessions) and entertainments at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, including theatre, film, art, music, opera and dance. Soberingly, the town is also known for its two jails, most famously Portlaoise Prison, which housed IRA members during the Troubles. There's much to see in the surrounding area. The imposing Rock Of Dunamase, crowned by 12th Century castle ruins, is a must. Worth visiting too are Emo Court, a Georgian country house with wonderful grounds and lakeside walks, the Irish Steam Preservation Society at Stradbally, which also hosts paintballing, riding stables and an annual music festival, the old lace-making town of Mountmellick, the Abbeyleix museum and the inspiring Gash's Gardens near Castletown.

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Blackthorn Farm (110.55 miles)

Blackthorn Farm

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Blackthorn farm is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and most rooms have fantastic views. We are minutes from the ferry terminal in Holyhead for sailings to Ireland. ... More

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Boathouse Hotel (111.28 miles)

Boathouse Hotel

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Just 4 minutes from Holyhead's ferry port and with fabulous views overlooking the marina, the Boathouse Hotel offers en suite accommodation, fresh food, a bar and free parking. On the edge of ... More

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Holyhead Lodge (111.67 miles)

Holyhead Lodge
The Holyhead Lodge is located just a 5-minute walk from Holyhead Station and 1-mile from the beach. Lodges include a kitchenette, living area with flat-screen TV and free parking. Kitchens at the lodge include a microwave, ... More | visit website
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Witchingham B&B (111.68 miles)

Witchingham B&B
The Witchingham is located close to Holyhead Port (with ferries departing daily to Dunlaoghaire -Stena Line and Dublin -Irish Ferries) and close to Holyhead Railway Station. Both can be accessed by foot over the Celtic ... More | visit website
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Travelodge Holyhead (111.80 miles)

There are loads of reasons our customers choose to stay at Travelodge. Our great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite provide everything needed for a good night's sleep and are close to where people ... More | visit website

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Wavecrest (111.80 miles)

Wavecrest

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Ideally located 100 yards from the beach yet just only 3 minutes from the ferry/rail terminal and 2 minutes walk into the town centre for pubs and eating places. All rooms at ... More

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Trearddur Bay Hotel (112.02 miles)

Trearddur Bay Hotel
The hotel has the immediate advantage of a magnificent location, with 36 bedrooms and friendly, efficient staff. It is a hotel with a distinct character and wide appeal where each guest receives the best ... More | visit website
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Sunnyside Holiday Cottage (113.58 miles)

Sunnyside Holiday Cottage

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Sunnyside provides excellent accommodation on 2/3 floors for familes and groups wishing to stay in the popular village of Four Mile Bridge, near Trearddur Bay and Rhoscolyn and their sandy ... More

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Woodlands Hall Hotel (114.47 miles)

Woodlands Hall Hotel
Woodlands Hall Hotel is a charming country house hotel is located in a secluded position in Edern on the beautiful LLeyn Peninsula in North Wales.

The Woodlands Hall Hotel, situated on the idyllic ... More | visit website
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Gwyndy (114.74 miles)

Gwyndy

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Just a short stroll from a sandy beach, this modern, comfortably furnished single storey property makes an ideal base for summer seaside holidays and winter escapes. Situated ... More

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