When Lord Powerscourt first built his beautiful home here in the wilds of County Wicklow, Dublin was more than a day's journey away. It's hard to believe that today, this 1,000 acre oasis of ancient woodland, spectacular mountain views and parkland grazed by herds of deer, is a mere 30 minutes from the bustling city. Powerscourt House is now a powerful visitor attraction, with interesting retail and a terrace café overlooking Powerscourt Gardens.
Despite being so popular with locals and visitors alike, Powerscourt Estate has a great sense of calm and space. Enniskerry, the former estate village, has retained its old-world atmosphere. A stroll among its cafes, bars, artisan shops, antique vendors and boutiques is a must for any visitor, as is a visit to Dublin city, with its excellent shopping, galleries, museums and nightlife just 30 minutes away.
Looking south, Country Wicklow is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with its mountais, rivers, lakes and beaches. There are unmatchable walks in varied terraine to suit strollers, amblers or hikers. Cyclists can enjoy challenging hill climbs or ease their way along leafy, country lanes. Locations like the monastic site of Glendalough or the mining valley of Glenmalure offer something for everyone.