Beautiful Powerscourt House and Gardens is located within the 1,000 acre Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow, Ireland. Explore 47 acres of gardens, see the finest in Irish design in their shops and indulge in delicious food at the Avoca terrace café. Two championship golf courses, Ireland’s highest waterfall, the 5 star Powerscourt Hotel, Cool Planet Experience, and Powerscourt Distillery (opening 2019) are also located on the estate.
Set in the wild Wicklow countryside, overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt Gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Powerscourt Gardens was voted No.3 in the world’s top ten gardens by National Geographic. This world class garden offers beautiful views and natural beauty and is an authentic experience of Irish history and heritage.
The design of Powerscourt gardens was influenced by Lord Powerscourt’s visits to famous estates including the Chateau de Versailles in Paris. Enjoy a romantic stroll through the ornate Italian garden and formal walks of the Rose and Kitchen gardens. Unique features include the Japanese garden which offers a maze of walkways and hidden grottos and the largest Pet Cemetery in Ireland. Take your time exploring the gardens and enjoy the beautiful sight and perfume of hundreds of different types of plants, flowers and trees.
The Italian Garden at Powerscourt truly offers the best of garden landscaping and design. Cast your eye towards the Sugar Loaf Mountain beyond the gardens and enjoy one of the best views in Ireland. The terraces in the garden were designed in the 1840’s by architect Daniel Robertson and took 100 men over 12 years to build! Enjoy exciting sculptures of Gods and myths including statues of Apollo Belvedere and Diana, collected by the 6th and 7th Lord Powerscourt on their travels to Europe.
The walled gardens are one of the oldest parts of the gardens and feature fascinating plants along Ireland’s largest herbaceous border. Here you will see ‘Julia’s Memorial,’ a calm reflective pond built in honour of the 7th Viscountess by her son. Enjoy the vibrant colours and beautiful scents of the Rose garden. Don’t miss the 240 year old Bamberg Gate which came from the Cathedral at Bamberg in Germany.
Get a glimpse into a different world in the Japanese garden, created by the 8th Viscount and Viscountess Powerscourt in 1908. Enjoy the sight and perfume of Azaleas, Japanese Maples and Chinese Fortune Palms. The grotto is one of the oldest features of Powerscourt Gardens and offers secret pathways to explore and an air of 18th century romance.
Another highlight in Powerscourt Gardens is the Pet Cemetery. One of Ireland’s largest pet cemeteries, this is the resting place of many of the family pets from the estate. You can read about these pets when you visit the gardens including ‘Eugenie’ the Jersey cow who had 17 calves and produced over 100,000 gallons of milk! The interesting and amusing pet names will give you some great ideas for naming your next pet!
After strolling the gardens relax at the Avoca terrace café in Powerscourt House. Enjoy home-made Irish artisan food including breads, fresh salads and delicious cakes. It offers beautiful views of the lush, green Irish countryside. It is home to a range of shops featuring the best of Irish design and giftware including fashion, jewellery, local art and traditional Irish food.
Open Year Round
Daily 09:30 – 17:30 (last entry 17:00). Gardens close at Dusk in winter and last entry is 30 minutes before dusk
Tours in Powerscourt Gardens are self-guided. Audio guides are available in English, Spanish, German, French and Chinese.
Closed: December 25 and 26
Last Admission: 17:00 in high season and 30 minutes before dusk in Winter
Approximate Visit Duration: 60 to 90 minutes with extra time for shopping or dining.
NOTE: Opening days and times may be subject to change, it is always advisable to check their website prior to visiting, particularly if travelling distances.
Powerscourt runs a year-round events programme including the annual tulip festival (April), treasure hunts, guided walks, gardening workshops, bug hunts, theatre evenings and much more that all the family will enjoy. Check out www.powerscourt.com/events
Admission Prices 2020
Senior (aged 65+): €9.00
Student (with valid ID): €9.00
Child (aged 5-15): €5.00
Child (under 5): Free
Family (2 adults & 3 children): €26.00
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DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Avoca Terrace Café is open year-round and seats 160 including outdoor seating – buffet style. Enjoy freshly-made salads, soups and gourmet sandwiches as well as a wide selection of meals For those with a sweet tooth, they have an array of mouth-watering desserts. Additional options are available in the Avoca Food Hall.
Powerscourt Golf Club can cater for any size of group and offer excellent food, service and surroundings in their function suites overlooking the magnificent golf courses.
There are many wonderful dining options available at the Powerscourt Hotel, including traditional Afternoon Tea at The Sugar Loaf Lounge, relaxed fine dining in the Sika Restaurant or the warm ambience of McGills bar.
PICNICS: There are no picnic facilities in the Gardens. However, picnic facilities are available at the Powerscourt Waterfall 6km from the main estate.
WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available.
SHOPPING: Excellent shopping is available at the Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Avoca Stores, Global Village by Neptune and The Design Loft.
The Garden Pavilion is much more than a garden centre; browse their extensive plant selection, outdoor living range and fabulous gifts. They have a wide range of options in-store to suit every budget including patio and hardy plants, bulbs and seeds and garden accessories and tools. They also stock some beautiful giftware, candles, and great ideas to accessorise your indoor and outdoor space.
CHILDREN: Baby changing facilities are available in Powerscourt House. High chairs are available in the Terrace Cafe. Gardens are suitable for children in buggies.
PARKING: Free car and coach parking on-site with coach set down area. Parking for up to 20 coaches.
ACCESSIBILITY for Wheelchair Users and Visitors with Reduced Mobility
GROUPS: Discounted group rates available. Groups of all sizes catered for. Pre-booked meals can be organised in the Golf Club
ACCOLADES & AWARDS: Voted No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic 2014
Powerscourt is located 20 km south of Dublin City Centre in Enniskerry Co Wicklow on the N11. Dublin Airport is located approximately 40 minutes from Powerscourt Estate