Powerscourt Gardens and House, Enniskerry

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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 a trip to Enniskerry easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • What a wonderful spot. We enjoyed our daytrip to Powerscourt and wish we had more time to explore everything. A brief movie explains the history of the place. The gardens and grounds are beautiful....  more
    What a wonderful spot. We enjoyed our daytrip to Powerscourt and wish we had more time to explore everything. A brief movie explains the history of the place. The gardens and grounds are beautiful....  more »
  • Love the house, the gardens, the shops, everything EXCEPT the Avoca cafe. I came away thinking, hmm I was certainly charged enough to stand in a long queue, then find my own "dirty" table, but... 
    Love the house, the gardens, the shops, everything EXCEPT the Avoca cafe. I came away thinking, hmm I was certainly charged enough to stand in a long queue, then find my own "dirty" table, but...  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens. I was here on a particularly sunny day so felt very lucky to have such scenic views and walks in the sunshine. You'll spend about an hour or more walking the entire thing, the flowers in the walled garden are particularly impressive.
  • Stunning - for a moment you thought *I am in Italy now*. The gardens are well look after, are enormous, with lots of walking paths, different type of gardens. It is just lovely and you can spend a half day walking around and eat something. I enjoy this so much

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