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Powerscourt Gardens and House

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Address: Enniskerry, Ireland
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+353 1 204 6000
09:30 - 17:30
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Voted No. 3 In the Top 10 Gardens of the World - by National Geographic!


Voted No. 3 In the Top 10 Gardens of the World - by National Geographic!

One of the world's great Gardens, Powerscourt is situated 20km south of Dublin City Centre in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains.The Garden was begun by Richard Wingfield in the 1740's and stretches out over 47 acres. It is a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs.

The House was gutted by fire in 1974 but recently has been reborn as an exceptional tourist destination. An audio visual brings to life the rich history of the Estate, while the double height Georgian Ballroom has been restored and hosts wedding and special events.The House is now home to the best in Irish design in gifts, clothes and furniture in the Avoca Stores and Interiors Gallery.

Treat yourself to lunch at the Terrace Cafe where you can enjoy exceptional food, from each loaf of Irish bread to Mediterranean tarts or extraordinary salads. Come and explore all that Powerscourt House & Gardens has to offer, there's something for everyone from little explorers to garden enthusiasts!

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Lovely gardens

My husband and I were staying at the nearby Ritz-Carlton in mid-June, so we walked over to see the Powerscourt Estate. We were a little disappointed that the house now serves as a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 July 2010
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2010

My husband and I were staying at the nearby Ritz-Carlton in mid-June, so we walked over to see the Powerscourt Estate. We were a little disappointed that the house now serves as a type of small shopping mall, but we also thought it a rather clever use of the space since the house interior had been damaged by fire some... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2010

We spent the weekend at the ritz-carlton hotel,next door(seperate review for hotel given) and decided to walk over to the house and gardens.I was looking forward to the gardens and seeing a house that had lots of history and stories attached. How disappointed we were to find that apart from a small room with a video show about the house,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2009

Allow for plenty of walking and strolling time as well as lunch. The food was surprisingly good. The grounds offer lots of photo ops and alot of walking. If the food wasn't so good in the resturant I'd recomend packing a picnic. The grounds are amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2009

Powerscourt gardens is just 1 h south of Dublin City. Very relaxing place. Its situated in a very large area of private land. Theres also a fantastic golf ground and a supposedly 7-star hotel. I have my doughts about the hotel, but the gardens are superb. Theres a lake, Roman gardens, Japanese gardens and Italian gardens. Theres also a walled... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2009

Whilst we could not fault our stay in Ireland, everyone went out of thier way to make us welcome, nothing was to much trouble, Powerscourt was a let down for the following. We payed to visit the house and gardens as advertised in the verious brochures we collected.After visiting the gardens we enquired were the entrace to the house was,... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2009

What I really liked about the Powerscourt Gardens was the fact that it wasn't packed. There were like 40 people there and it felt great. The gardens are lovely, especially if you walk to the Japanese Garden. Totally recommended if you're into gardening. Also, the drive form Dublin is very pretty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2009

We had perfect weather for walking around the gardens. The first sight of the gardens in the back of the house is breathe taking. Just the view from the Italian garden, causing your eyes to travel down the terraced steps to the lake, then up towards the magnificences of Sugar Loaf Mountain was stunning. Pepperpot Tower was fun. You were... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2008

My first time Dublin Ireland July 2007 on a short visit and took the South Coast Tour. It goes to Powerscourts Gardens going through the south Dublin. It was partly cloudy with some mositure falling that day. The ride on the tour bus was a bit bumpy similar to streets in Los Angeles. But to see the country side with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2008

I absolutely loved Powerscourt - we visited on a very nice warm and non-rainy day a few weeks ago and had a blast. If you enjoy beautiful flowers and nice scenery and are willing to walk a bit this is the place for you. We came from Dublin on the regular city buses and it took about an hour to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2007

The estate was beautiful. The shop inside is pricey but has the cutest gifts and clothes. Things in the shops are pretty girly. The Avoca cafe is excellent and not very pricey. We paid 70 euro for 4 people to eat lunch. You can eat outside and that is beautiful because it looks out at the mountains.

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