Powerscourt Gardens and House, Enniskerry

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Garden Historic Site
A historical estate in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, Powerscourt Gardens and House offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the 18th-century wealthy. The estate encompasses 19 hectares (47 acres) and contains a blend of formal gardens, ornamental lakes, sweeping terraces, and meandering pathways, winding their way through 200 varieties of shrubs and trees. Originally a 13th century castle, the house underwent extensive alterations in the 1730s, when celebrated architect Richard Cassels added a Palladian facade and two circular domed towers. A century later architect Daniel Robertson designed the gardens, directing the work on the terrace nearest the house from a wheelbarrow, in which he supposedly sat to relieve pain caused by gout. Check online for opening hours and guided tours. Plan your Powerscourt Gardens and House visit and explore what else you can see and do in Enniskerry using our Enniskerry trip itinerary planner.
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  • Enjoyed a leisurely walk through the gardens on a sunny summers day. Very pleasant environment and the hand held audio tour guide feature is an added bonus with lots of background information related ...  more »
  • Powerscourt is a wonderful place like no other place on earth dispite crowds the grounds are so spacious that you can wonder around and lose yourself The terrace cafe also very good out of peak hours ...  more »
  • The adults enjoyed the different varieties of plants. The kids loved climbing trees and seeing the ducks.  more »
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  • This was one of my favorite places we visited in Ireland. Perfect to spend an afternoon wandering the grounds and there is some lovely shopping inside the house (for yourself or for gifts) and a cafe. I would come back on a future trip! Wonderful place for getting some good photos of each other and the scenery too.
  • It is a fabulous place to visit. For family's and couples alike. Lovely restaurant with lovely menu. The gardens are fabulous and so is the castle. Beautiful place for walk or just to chill out. You have to pay to go around the gardens but it's worth it. Bring your 📷
  • One of my favorite places we visited in Ireland. A well maintained large estate with beautiful gardens. Good price for entry (I think it was €3 per) with a variety to see. Cafe and gift shops nearby had nice selection also.
  • An amazing setting in Wicklow mountains.. Breathtaking avenue leading to Powerscourt House.. Fabulous freshly made food and as for desserts... To die for... Lovely group of shops to browse and enjoy spending in!!
  • A large garden with many different parts you can visit and a breathtaking view from the valley up to the estate. There's a fairytale cave system and a Japanese garden as well as rhodondendrons. Unfortunately most sections are poorly maintained: there are just not enough gardeners for the entire space. There are roses growing in trees, weeds growing between the flowers and a whole section of the walled garden is more confusing than pretty, with a hedge meant to cover up the plants growing in between. I enjoyed the place, but people that were more into gardens were complaining often.

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