Powerscourt Gardens and House, Enniskerry
(4.6/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • An enjoyable place to visit made even better by the good weather. The house itself is basically a shopping area (Avoca) and you also have an option rest and have bite to eat too. Weather permitting yo...  more »
  • Beautiful gardens that are very well kept. We were disappointed by the house which is a very nice building but has been turned completely into retail shops as far as we could see. 
  • It probably helped that the sun was shining and the sky was blue but our time at the gardens was just magical. We had plenty to see from the manicured and ordered lawns and Japanese gardens to the hug...  more »