Visiting Ireland’s Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

One of the must-sees when visiting Ireland is the magnificent Powerscourt House and Gardens. Just south of Dublin in Wicklow, it’s an easy drive and there are many bus tours to the area. It only takes about an hour to drive to Powerscourt from central Dublin and it is very easy to find.

Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

How to get to the Powerscourt Estate

The Powerscourt Estate and Gardens Wicklow are located 20 minutes south of Dublin, and there are a few ways to get there.

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Travelling by bus to Powerscourt

The closest bus to the Powerscourt Estate drops you at Enniskerry village these are buses 185 and 44 from the main bus station in Dublin. From here it is a 25-minute walk to the Estate or you can take a cab which will cost around €30 euros.

Powerscourt gardens and grounds

There are also some great tours to Powerscourt and Glendalough that leave from central Dublin if you don’t want to take public transport which can be a bit of a long journey. 

Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

Travelling by car to Powerscourt from Dublin

Make your way to the M50 from your location in Dublin then take the N11 southbound (Wexford), take exit 7 for Bray south, Enniskerry, Powerscourt Gardens. Turn left at the roundabout, over the flyover and rejoin N11 heading north.

Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

Take the first left for Enniskerry Village (Exit 6a). Continue along the road to Enniskerry Village. Take the road to the left of the clock tower, in the village square, and continue up a steep hill for 600m. Powerscourt entrance is on the right-hand side opposite the church entrance.

Day Tours to the Powerscourt Estate and Gardens

Find out more about The Dublin Bus South Coast Tour which includes a visit to Powerscourt Gardens.

There is not much to see in the way of a house tour, but there are some interesting shops including the Avoca Store inside the building.

Who owns Powerscourt estate now?

Powerscourt is currently owned by the Slazenger family, who still own it to this day.

The house was destroyed by fire on 4 November 1974 and was subsequently renovated in 1996. Only two rooms are open to the public as they once appeared while Powerscourt had residents, while the rest of the ground floor and first floor are now shops and the Avoca Store and Cafe.

Powerscourt estate history

Located in County Wicklow and set within some of the most stunning views in the east of Ireland. Powerscourt was originally a 13th-century castle whose original owner was a de la Poer (anglicized as Power).

In 1603, King James 1st granted Powerscourt to one of his generals, Sir Richard Wingfield, after he successfully squashed a rebellion of local Irish chiefs in Wicklow.

The 1st Viscount Powerscourt set about transforming the medieval castle at Powerscourt into a grand mansion. The new mansion was to be Palladian in style and designed around the medieval castle.

Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

In 1974, a major refurbishment of the house was completed in preparation for it joining the gardens as a visitor attraction but unfortunately, a fire broke out and by the morning, the main part of the house was a roofless shell.

No one was injured, but all of the principal reception rooms and bedrooms were destroyed. In 1996, the house was re-roofed and was opened to the public.

Powerscourt

Powerscourt Garden

The Gardens at Powerscourt are the great attraction of the place. With stunning views of Sugarloaf Mountain, they stretch over 47 acres and offer a breathtaking blend of formal gardens, statuary, fountains, lakes, Japanese gardens, a Pet Cemetery, the Pepperpot Tower, and sweeping terraces, secret hollows and rambling walks.

Powerscourt Japanese gardens
Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

The Pepperpot Tower is designed after Lord Powerscourt’s favourite pepperpot and the Pet Cemetery is the largest in Ireland. The Walled Italian Gardens were designed in the 1840s and took over 12 years to build. 

Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

The pebble mosaic stairs and terraces are astounding. Don’t miss the Bamberg Gate which was brought from Germany in the walled gardens and don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers if you are there in spring or summer.

pebble mosaic paths at Powerscourt

A unique and fascinating part of the Gardens is the Pet Cemetery which is the resting place of the much-loved pets of the Wingfield and Slazenger families. It’s situated in a quiet part of the gardens where you can enjoy the striking colours of Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Roses in May and June. The cemetery is believed to be the largest pet cemetery in any private Irish garden.

Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

Don’t forget to go and visit Powerscourt Waterfall it is Ireland’s tallest waterfall at 121m (398ft.) and is 6km from the Main Estate. It is set in one of Ireland’s most beautiful parklands at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. These stunning falls were used in the History Channel’s TV epic drama The Vikings.

Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

Avoca Powerscourt

The house itself is home to the Avoca Shop and the Avoca Terrace Cafe, which serves up a fabulous lunch or just a simple scone with a cream tea. The Avoca shops are known for their gorgeous handwoven blankets and beautiful weavings.

Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

The company also designs a host of items that can be purchased and the stores were voted one of the best retail experiences outside of London. Don’t miss the Avoca FoodHall where you can buy some gourmet meals to take with you or just indulge your foodie fantasies with some freshly baked bread, scones and cakes to take home.

Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate
Powerscourt Avoca Scones

You can pick up some absolutely heavenly lambswool throws from Avoca that will keep you snug and warm for years to come. My favourites are a beautiful pink toned one and the purple is gorgeous. 

Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

Opening Times of the Powerscourt Estate and Powerscourt Gardens

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

Ballroom & Garden Rooms

  • Sundays 9:30 am – 1:30 pm – All Year
    • Mondays 9:30 am – 1:30 pm – May to September

Avoca Terrace Café

  • Daily: 9.30am – 5.00pm

Gardens Entrance Fees: 1st November – 28th February

Gardens Entrance Fees: 1st Mar – 31st Oct 2021

  • Adult: €8.50 to €11.50 which includes the waterfall

How long do you need to visit Powerscourt Estate?

You will need a minimum of 90 minutes to visit the Powerscourt Estate and Gardens. But to be honest this is such a vast and extensive estate and if you love gardens you could easily spend the whole day here.

Powerscourt Whiskey Distillery

A newly opened Whiskey Distillery at Powerscourt is now hosting Whiskey tastings and Whiskey Tours if you fancy a little of the amber nectar.

Weddings at Powerscourt Estate

Yes, you can get married at Powerscourt and easily arrange your civil ceremony here with a grand feast afterwards and photos you will be blessed with for years.

Visiting Ireland's Magnificent Powerscourt Estate
©Michelle Vinny – Powerscourt Estate

Golf at Powerscourt Estate

With Two Championship golf courses set in stunning surrounds at the world-renowned Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt Golf Club is an immensely popular venue. The 36 hole championship layout ensures availability 7 days a week for both members and visitors, add to that friendly staff, outstanding facilities and excellent dining, and it’s not hard to see why so many flock to the Estate.

Powerscourt Hotel and Spa

Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa (a Ritz-Carlton hotel) is Ireland’s foremost luxury 5* destination set amidst the scenic & historic Powerscourt Estate, Co. Wicklow a mere 30 minutes drive from the hustle and bustle of Dublin city centre life.

Offering Palladian-style architecture with 198 generously sized bedrooms, luxurious amenities with the majority of rooms enjoying a clear vista of one of Ireland’s most celebrated valleys with the Sugar Loaf Mountain taking centre stage; making the guest stay experience incredibly special.

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