Powerscourt Gardens and House, Enniskerry

(4.6/5 based on 1,800+ 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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This is one of the most nicest gardens i ever saw,its absolutely beautiful.Nice place to walk on sunny day or just sit down on bench or gass and relax.This place has so many colours and the smell of f...  more »
  • This is a beautiful estate with an interesting history which you can learn about using the audio wands. Many of the trees and plants are labeled for easy identification. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • We took a drive out and went to the waterfall. We were charge 6 euro per head just to see the waterfall. We then decided to go and visit the gardens. We drove through and decided not to go due to the ...  more »
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  • The name Powerscourt House and Garden is confusing. You'd think there's a house in the tour. The house was burned down and was reconstructed, only to the point where it is full of gift shops and restaurant. Non of the old Castle interior was restored to the old castle's state, which was very disappointing. The gardens are indeed nice and beautiful, only they are way overpriced, not justifying the admission fee, which does not include the waterfalls that require extra money. If you're willing to pay a lot of money for an hour or so of nice gardens, and no more than that, then go for it. Otherwise, find a different castle to visit.
  • Some of the best gardens on the east coast of Ireland and close to Dublin. You can get good food in the restaurant and Avoca hand weavers have an outlet there for high quality wool clothes and rugs etc. It's possible to get a year's membership so you can walk the gardens, see the waterfall and stroll along the River walk as often as you like.
  • This place is beautiful even in mid November it was worth the visit. The gardens are not huge but it takes at least and hour to walk all the paths. Only a small area of the gardens is handicap accessible but anyone in a wheelchair can wait in the cozy cafe while others finish exploring the trails below. Glad we decided to go despite the cold weather.
  • Powerscourt Estate is beautiful. You can visit Powerscourt gardens. Avoca restuarant, Blarney Woolen Mills Shop, gifts and book shop. Also on the estate another gift and plant shop. Also there is a hotel on the grounds. Plus it is right beside the beautiful village
  • A gorgeous place to visit the house itself is not much to see but check out the Avoca store and don't forget to visit Tara's Dollhouse Museum it is superb and the volunteers are absolutely brilliant. The grounds are spectacular anytime of year a very impressive place to visit with lots to see.