Abbeyleix is located in the south of county Laois, on the N77, 14km from the County Town of Portlaoise and 15km from Junction 3 on the M8 Motorway.
Abbeyleix is characterised by a wide main street, which is enclosed on both sides by a continuous building line. A semi-circular Market Square in the centre of the town acts as a focal point, providing an open space amenity for the town. The town’s urban form is a fine example of an eighteenth century planned town, built by Viscount De Vesci of the Abbeyleix Demesne. Good examples of late eighteenth to early nineteenth century Georgian architecture are to be seen throughout the town with notable examples being Preston House, the former courthouse and the Abbey Gate Hotel and a relatively large number of traditional shop fronts survive, the majority of which display a high level of craftsmanship in their design and finish. The town is designated as an Architectural Conservation Area, reflecting its historic and special architectural character.
Abbeyleix was awarded second place in the Small Towns category in the 2016 Tidy Towns competition and the town was also awarded the Irish Water Value Award for Best Small Town in 2016.
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