This spot is on the itinerary of all tourists to Wicklow. Once one of the most magnificent Palladian mansions in Ireland and home of the Wingfield family for 350 years, it passed to the Slazenger family in 1961 and was severely damaged by fire in 1974. It has since been restored to a certain extent and the interior now houses a shopping centre where tourists are parted painlessly with large sums of money for Irish 'stuff' of one sort or another. It also houses a nice restaurant looking out on the Gardens and a function space which is often used for weddings. Of the original furnishings, nothing remains in the publicly accessable parts of the building. However, the exterior is very fine and gives you a good sense of what it must have been like in its heyday in the 18th century.
The Gardens are magnificent and provide a very pleasant walk. Theres a great fountain at the end of a monumental stairway from the house (the landed gentry in Ireland competed fiercely to have the finest houses and so all was done to ensure the house had the correct framing garden). There are many little nooks and crannies (such as the tower pictured, which you can ascend to get a better view of the surroundings). The Gardens are very well maintained and worth a visit. There is also a large Garden centre for those who like to buy overpriced plants in salubrious locations :-) As with many great houses in Ireland, there is a long and very scenic drive up to the house and the walk from the gate up to the house is a nice one in itself.
Just outside the gate of the Powerscourt is the church which would have been used by the Wingfields. It has an atmospheric air and would definitely fit in as a location in a film of any of Jane Austins books :-)
This waterfall is the tallest in Ireland at 121 metres and is located close to Powerscourt House and Gardens. It has forest walks and viewing areas for the waterfall (can get a bit wet at these!). Theres a playground for kids as well.
It´s a nice old castle with a beautiful parc around. You have the possibility to make the big tour (one hour) or the little tour (1/2 hour) through the parc. You will see a tower, the Jananese Garden, the Animal Cemetry...
After visiting Powerscourt Garden you can make a trip too a beautiful WATERFALL (it should be the biggest one in Ireland...)! You can take the shuttle bus or you can hike! ( but to hike -like me- can be dangerous because of the lot´s of cars on the street and it´s only this possibilty to hike to the waterfall)
The Powerscourt Waterfall at 125m is Ireland’s highest. Located about 5km away from the actual estate, it sure is an impressive sight. Unfortunately, tickets to the estate do not include a visit to the waterfall and you’re required to fork out another €4.
There are many nice gardens in Co. Wicklow, none of them more beautiful or extensive as Powerscourt. If you only see one of the gardens, make sure this is the one! You could get lost on its 47 acres, and constantly discover new things. My favourite parts were the Japanese Gardens and the pet cemetery.
For an additional surcharge you can also visit the actual house. Whereas the gardens are a must-see, you could live without the mansion: It was unfortunately burnt down in the 70s, so everything inside is just a replica of its former glory.
This was once a castle built in the 1300's that was transformed into a mansion in 1731. The house itself is spectacular, but even more so are the beautiful gardens that stretch out for 45 acres. The view of the Wicklow Mountains makes you incredibly envious of anyone who ever lived here. Nearby is the Powerscourt Waterfall, the tallest in Ireland - a must see!
Powerscourt Estate is the Wicklows is a magnificent manor house and gardens. The formal gardens are among the finest in Ireland.
My husband and I visited in 1999 on a very rainy day...not just a light mist, but heavy rains accompanied us as we traversed the Wicklows. It was the only day we had to spend in the area, and I love gardens, so decked in raingear, we had the gardens to ourselves!
This famous Powerscourt Gardens has a mixture of mid-Victorian and an earlier European classical gardens with a touch of Great Sugarloaf Mountain as the backdrop. Besides, there is plentiful of diversity, such as neat walled gardens, Italian & Japanese garden, Tower Valley, Winged Horses, Triton Lake, Pets Cemetery, Dolphin Pond, and Bamberg Gate.
Do not miss out this spectacular waterfall when you're in Wicklow. It is the loveliest waterfall I have ever seen. It is known to be the highest in Ireland, and it's about 130m high. If you have enough time to spare when you're in Ireland, you can always go for a lil picnic there, too!
One of the world's great gardens, Powerscourt is situated 12 miles south of Dublin in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. The garden was begun by Richard Wingfield in the 1740's and stretches out over 47 acres.
Have a visit to the Powerscourt Estate & Gardens.
The gardens of Powerscourt Estate spread over 45 acres and were created in the 1740's.