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Powerscourt House & Gardens


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Powerscourt is one of Ireland's most famous House & Gardens. Be transported back hundreds of years in Powerscourt House, meander in Powerscourt's majestic gardens and feel the cooling mist of …

Powerscourt is one of Ireland's most famous House & Gardens. Be transported back hundreds of years in Powerscourt House, meander in Powerscourt's majestic gardens and feel the cooling mist of Ireland's highest waterfall. You can round off your day with a spot of golf at Powerscourt Golf Club, browse the plants and shrubs in our garden pavilion or enjoy a warming tea and scone at the Terrace Café. Only 20 km from Dublin, Powerscourt is the perfect day out. We look forward to welcoming you here!

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  • 1. Enter, Explore, Discover
  • 2. Powerscourt is one of the most beautiful estates in Ireland. Situated in the mountains of County Wicklow just 20km from Dublin City Centre. Where Powerscourt House stands today there once stood a 13th century medieval castle. Originally owned by the Le Poer family from which Powerscourt takes it’s name, it then passed to the Wingfield family where they remained for over 300 years. Bought in 1961 by the Slazenger family it has become a thriving and bustling tourism destination to travelers from all around the globe.
  • 3. The gardens at Powerscourt were laid out over two main periods. Many of the people involved in their creation and development never saw the gardens completed in their lifetime. When the house was rebuilt in the decade after 1731, the surrounding grounds were also remodeled. The design reflected the desire to create a garden which was part of the wider landscape. And what a view it is! To the north formal tree plantations framed the vista from the house, while a walled garden, fish pond, cascades, grottos and terraces lay to the south. Walks wound through the wooded grounds and a fine tree lined avenue was created. When you arrive at the tree lined avenue today, hundreds of beech trees will guide your visit.
  • 4. The extensive gardens are laid over 47 acres and featured themed areas including the Italian and Rose gardens, the Herbaceous Border and Pets’ Cemetery, the Japanese Garden and Tower Valley. Enjoy the rambling walks, water features, fine statuary, creative ironwork and hundreds of varieties of trees, plants and flowers. Relax and listen to the birdsong, the trickle of the fountains, the breeze rustling through the ancient trees and take in the panoramic view of these magnificent gardens. Explore all the hidden treasures the gardens have to offer.
  • 5. Once a castle in the early 1300’s and home to the Wingfield family for several centuries, Powerscourt House has a very different use today. It was lovingly restored by the Slazenger family until tragedy struck on an evening in the Autumn of 1974 when a fire broke out and destroyed the beautiful Palladian Mansion. It lay in ruins for over 20 years but was reopened in 1997 as a tourism destination. Visitors can relive the tragic story through the audio visual history.
  • 6. From its early roots as a small tea and coffee station selling home baking in the corner of one of its shops, Avoca has grown into one of Ireland's most loved food brands. The Avoca Terrace Café in Powerscourt offers an amazing setting for you to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee with friends and family next to what is surely one of the most dramatic vistas in Ireland. The food at the Terrace Café is homemade and of excellent quality which is why people return here time and again. Enjoy freshly-made salads, soups and gourmet sandwiches as well as a wide selection of meals including chicken and brocolli crumble, luxury fish pie and spinach, pine nut and brie quiche. For those with a sweet tooth, mouth-watering desserts such as strawberry meringue roulade, lemon tart and double chocolate cheesecake are just delectable to ignore!
  • 7. A Treasure Trove Come and see us at Avoca Powerscourt for a fantastic shopping experience. The Avoca store is housed in Powerscourt House which is full of character with the original castle walls dating back to the 12th century. We offer a full range of Avoca favourites and gifts including fashion and kidswear, books and soft furnishing, jewellery, aromatics and scrumptious food hall and of course the famous Avoca throws!
  • 8. Powerscourt Estate is located on Ireland’s East Coast just 20km south of Dublin City Centre. We are just off the M11, exit 7 travelling south and exit 6a travelling north. Set in Ireland’s Garden county and just outside the quaint and picturesque village of Enniskerry, Powerscourt is easily accessible from Dublin Airport, the ferry Ports at Dun Laoghaire and the M50 & M11.To see all the options for travelling to Powerscourt click here.
  • 9. County Wicklow is one of Ireland’s true scenic treasures with its magnificent hills and mountains, long sandy beaches, rivers and lakes. It is the perfect holiday destination, suitable either for a family holiday or a short, romantic weekend break. Top Attractions Walking Golf Accommodation
  • 10. Powerscourt Golf Club is renowned for inspiring golf courses set in one of Ireland’s magnificent estates. In the early 90’s an 18 hole championship course within the 1000 acre estate was conceived. Former Walker Cup Captain Peter McEvoy was commissioned to design the East course which opened in 1996. Following on from the success of the East course the West course opened in 2003; designed by David McLay Kidd. Today we have a very active club with approximately 900 members between the Mens & Ladies clubs.
  • 11. HOUSE & GARDENS Daily 9.30am – 5.30pm (closes at sunset in Winter) Closed 25th & 26th December BALLROOM & GARDEN ROOMS Sundays 9.30am – 1.30pm year round Mondays – 9.30am – 1.30pm May to September
  • 12. Connect with Nature Powerscourt Waterfall, just 5km from the main estate, has an abundance of flora and fauna and is home to our native wildlife. The Waterfall, Ireland’s highest, cascades from a height of 121m to the valley floor below. The Waterfall provides the perfect setting for families or groups of friends looking for a great day out. Whether you are a keen walker, a nature lover or have little explorer’s there is something for everyone. Be sure to pack a picnic and enjoy a day in the outdoors in one of Wicklow’s hidden gems. For opening times visit our website.
  • 13. Outstanding among luxury five star hotels in Ireland and set amidst one of the most scenic and historic estates in the country is The Powerscourt Hotel, a 200-room resort showcasing Palladian-style architecture and offering guests a host of amenities. Two championship-calibre golf courses, a 30,000-square foot luxury spa by ESPA and signature restaurants are among this luxury hotel’s distinctive attractions. Whether you are planning a sensational spa weekend with friends, are an avid golf enthusiast looking to play our prestigious fairways or are traveling for business, the Powerscourt Hotel offers a 5 star, one of a kind destination for all their guests.
  • 14. Tel: +353 1 204 6000 E: Aoife O’Driscoll Marketing Manager EVENTS AT POWERSCOURT Guided Walks, Treasure Hunts, Family Fun Days, Gardening Workshops & lots more… We look forward to welcoming your groups to Powerscourt!