Powerscourt House & Gardens reopened on May 18th. For the most up to date information regarding their Covid-19 policies click here.
Powerscourt Estate is located in County Wicklow, only 30 minutes from Dublin.
This has been a strategic site for generations, and saw the first version of Powerscourt House built in the 13th century as a medieval castle.
In the 17th century both the castle and 40,000 acres of land were given to the 1st viscount of Powerscourt, Richard Wingfield. The Wingfield family resided in the Estate for over 350 years.
In the 18th century the medieval castle was rebuilt into a 68 room mansion, and it became known as Powerscourt House. The gardens were also added at the same time the mansion was rebuilt, creating the perfectly landscape image we all know.
In the 20th century the Estate was bought by the Slazenger family, who developed plans to open the estate to visitors. In 1974 whilst restoration works were taking place, a fire broke out and destroyed a big portion of the building. The House was fully restored and re-opened in 1996.
Since it’s opening to the public, Powerscourt Estate evolved as a visitor attraction with the addition of several facilities such as the Avoca Terrace Café, Cool Planet Experience, Powerscourt Distillery and Powerscourt Golf, but also due to the natural attractions like the Powerscourt Waterfall and the River Walk.
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Today, the Powerscourt Estate comprises 1,000 acres of mountain, farm, hillside, river, golf courses and garden. Perhaps the most famous part of the entire grounds is the 47 acres of landscaped gardens.
Work began on the gardens in 1731 but it was in the 1860's that the most spectacular landscaping was done, leading to the famous terracing that sweeps down to the Dolphin Pond. In later years other elements were added such as the Pepper Pot Tower, the Italian Garden and the extraordinary Japanese Gardens.
Powerscourt Gardens, recently voted No. 3 in the World's Top 10 Gardens by National Geographic, truly live up to their reputation and are only a short stroll along the wooded avenue from Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa.
Please note that an entry fee applies for access to the Gardens. For more information please click here.