Thank you for downloading the Abarta Audioguide to the heritage town of Portarlington10 min
The Market Square is at the centre of the town, and was the setting for public events5 min
St. Paul's was rebuilt in 1857 on the site of the original Huguenot Church8 min
The handsome Arlington House was built for Daniel le Grande de Petit Bosc in 17125 min
The story of the River Barrow3 min
An important example of Portarlington's unique architectural heritage3 min
The Church was constructed in 18423 min
The story of the buildings along the Main Street of Portarlington3 min
The People's Park3 min
The Elms is another example of Portarlington's beautiful late-Georgian architecture4 min
Kilnacourt House is another fine example of Georgian architecture4 min
Thank you for downloading this Abarta Audioguide to Portarlington4 min
Our free to download audioguide will lead you through Portarlington, to help you to discover the origins of the town and hear stories about how Portarlington became known as the Paris of the Midlands. Portarlington has many hidden gems and stories to discover, from Jonathan Swift being inspired to write his classic Gulliver's Travels while staying in the town, to the story of how Portarlington gained a reputation as a centre of education and learning.
Portarlington was established in the 1600s and grew to accommodate French Huguenot refugees; over two hundred years later it again provided a safe sanctuary for more refugees that were fleeing the horror of World War I. Throughout the history of this fascinating town there have been stories of economic prosperity and decline. This audioguide was produced in conjunction with Laois County Council, Laois Partnership and Laois Tourism.