Powerscourt House & Gardens - What Can I Expect?
- No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic
- Discover formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks.
- Uncover The Dolphin Pond, The Japanese Gardens, Pets Cemetery and famous Pepperpot Tower
- Enjoy lunch at the Avoca Terrace Cafe overlooking one of the best views in Ireland
A Hidden Gem on Ireland's Ancient East
No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to the stunning and multi-award winning Powerscourt Gardens. The gardens at Powerscourt have been voted No.3 in the World by National Geographic.
Set in the stunning Wicklow countryside, overlooking the magnificent Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt is located just outside the small village of Enniskerry. With 47 acres of stunning gardens to explore, visitors will enjoy formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks. Experience 300 years of garden design and development including the walled gardens, the Italian garden, the Dolphin Pond, the Japanese Gardens, Pet's Cemetery, and Pepperpot Tower.
The Palladian Mansion at Powerscourt is home to the best in Irish design, and features craft and interior shops. An audio guide helps bring to life the rich history of the estate.
The Italian Garden offers the best of garden landscaping and design. As you look toward the Sugar Loaf Mountain beyond the gardens, you will enjoy one of the best views in Ireland. The terraces were designed in the 1840’s by architect Daniel Robertson and took 100 men over 12 years to build! The Italian Gardens offer a stunning walk down to beautiful Triton Lake.
The Walled Garden
The walled gardens are one of the oldest parts of the Gardens and feature fascinating plants along Ireland’s largest herbaceous border. The Walled Gardens were once known as ‘The Kitchen Garden’ as vegetable and fruit trees once grew here to keep the family kitchen well stocked.
Get a glimpse into a different world in the Japanese garden, created by the 8th Viscount and Viscountess Powerscourt in 1908. This beautiful mythical garden was created on the reclaimed bogland south of Triton Lake over 100 years ago.
A unique and fascinating part of the Gardens is the Pet Cemetery which is the resting place of the much loved pets of the Wingfield and Slazenger families. It’s situated in a quiet part of the gardens where you can enjoy the striking colours of Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Roses in May and June. The cemetery is believed to be the largest pets’ cemetery in any private Irish garden.
The Pepperpot Tower
When you stroll beyond the Japanese Gardens, you will come upon Tower Valley surrounded by stunning variety of trees. Here you will find the Pepperpot Tower which was modelled on a pepperpot from Lord Powerscourt’s dining table! It is from this that Tower Valley received its distinctive name. Climb the tower’s winding steps and enjoy the views of Powerscourt House and Gardens.
Avoca Terrace Cafe
The Avoca Terrace Café in Powerscourt offers an amazing setting for you to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee with friends and family next to what is surely one of the most dramatic vistas in Ireland. The café boasts tall windows and French doors leading out onto an expansive garden terrace with a simply breath-talking panorama of the gardens against the backdrop of the famous Sugarloaf Mountain.