Powerscourt is one of Europe’s great treasures and Ireland’s most famous Estates. Gracing the Wicklow mountains, 20km from Dublin city centre, Powerscourt is a heritage property with a surprising difference and a great family attraction.
This beautiful country estate was once an important strategic site for the Anglo-Normans who came to Ireland in the 12th century. By the year 1300 a castle had been built here and was in the possession of the le Poer (Power) family from which it takes its name. The succeeding centuries saw the castle held for different periods by powerful families such as the O’Tooles and the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare. Today, the aim at Powerscourt is to always present a friendly face, respond positively to the needs of visitors, and to go the extra mile in terms of quality and service. In this way they can give you an exceptional experience, and Powerscourt will continue to flourish in the 21st century
Events At Powerscourt
Powerscourt House is a truly stunning setting and they run special events for visitors and family year-round. For planning that day out with your family or friends, you can find out more about their events on the Events at Powerscourt Timetable .
Powerscourt Gardens Opening Times
- Daily: 9.30am – 5.30pm
- Gardens close at dusk in Winter
- The gardens are open all year round and only closed December 25th & 26th
Gardens Entrance Fees And Family Admission
Remember bring your ticket with you to gain admission to Powerscourt otherwise admission will not be permitted
Child (U16): €5.00
Child (U5): Free
2 Adults & 3 children can SAVE €12 with family ticket
Powerscourt House was once a beautiful Palladian Mansion, home to Lord Powerscourt and his family for over 350 years. Sadly the house was destroyed by fire in the 1970’s but was renovated, although not to its former glory. It now features a Terrace Café and speciality shopping. Tara’s Palace, a museum for children is located in Powerscourt House and is a favourite among our visitors. With so much to see and do here, Powerscourt offers a great family day out.
Powerscourt House features a beautiful Terrace Café where Avoca serve up delectable cuisine, with a special kids menu for younger visitors. Everyone has their favourite dish on the Avoca menu, but there are always plenty of new options to try if you are feeling adventurous! Enjoy freshly-made salads, soups and gourmet sandwiches as well as mouth-watering desserts such as strawberry meringue roulade and double chocolate cheesecake.
Shopping at Powerscourt
There are great shops located in Powerscourt House including Avoca Stores and Global Village who specialise in interiors. Powerscourt Garden Pavilion is located a few minutes’ walk away and has a great selection of plants, garden accessories and gifts, with great present ideas for children.
- Annual passes allow unlimited entry to Powerscourt Estate, Gardens and Powerscourt Waterfall during normal opening hours.
- Members can also enjoy exclusive access to Powerscourt River Walk featuring 3 km of tranquil pathways and secret woodland trails. The River Walk’s main pathway was laid in 1868 by the Viscount of Powerscourt so that his family could enjoy the serenity of the River Dargle.
- Powerscourt is a place of beauty and discovery which will appeal to everyone in different ways. From a romantic stroll through the gardens, a family walk to the pepper pot tower and pet cemetery or a catch up over tea and cake at the Terrace Café, Powerscourt is your place to relax.
- Individual membership and family membership available. To purchase your Powerscourt annual pass call into the reception at Powerscourt House.
How To Get To Powerscourt House And Gardens In Wicklow
Powerscourt Estate is located just 30 minutes south of Dublin City Centre, and there are many transportation options available to reach them.
- Travelling by Car:- Direction from Dublin City Centre/M50Travelling by Car:
Take the N11 southbound (Wexford). At approximately 19km , take exit for Bray south, Enniskerry, Powerscourt Gardens. Turn left at roundabout, over flyover and rejoin N11 heading north. Take first left for Enniskerry Village (exit 6a). Continue along road to Enniskerry Village. Take the road to the left of the clock tower, in the village square, continue up steep hill for 600m. Powerscourt entrance is on the right hand side opposite church entrance.
- Travelling by Bus:-
- Travelling by Rail:-
The nearest DART station (rail) to the Estate is Bray, County Wicklow which connects the 185 bus with Dublin City Centre. The rail line runs along the coast of Dublin, from Malahide and Howth southwards as far as Greystones, County Wicklow. Full timetables for the DART.