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.
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.
Open daily: 9.30am – 5.30pm (Last entry 5pm)
Gardens close at dusk in Winter (Last entry during winter is 30 minutes before dusk)
The Gardens are open year-round and only close December 25th & 26th