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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  • We visited Ireland in September/October, 2016 and traveled around the country by rental car. One of the places we drove to outside of Dublin was in Wicklow County to this beautiful estate in Enniskerr...  more »
  • National Geographic lists Powerscourt Gardens as #3 in the worlds Top Ten gardens . We flew from Bristol to Dublin, picked up our rental car and drove straight here, (about 45 minutes, unless you miss...  more »
  • Went here on a stunning monday afternoon with my wife, our good friend and 2 small kids. The gardens are spectacular and you could spend hours just walking and talking. The kids loved the Japanese gar...  more »