Powerscourt Gardens were the private property of Viscount of Pwerscourt.
They are the part of the Powerscourt Estate, which is located in Enniskerry, County Wicklow in Ireland, and it is now a very popular tourist destination. This estate and the gardens are noted for an amazing scenery, comprising of both man made and maintained gardens as well as forest areas. The Powerscourt gardens are one of the most beautiful in whole of Ireland, and they have been recognized for their splendor by various magazines and media platforms including National Geographic Channel.
Powerscourt Gardens are very close to Enniskery town, and only 5 kilometers away from the highest in Ireland breath taking Powerscourt Waterfall.
Powerscourt Gardens History
The new gardens are all the product of Mervyn Wingfiel, the Seventh Viscount of Powerscourt. He inherited the house and the whole estate, and at the age of 21, he set out on a grand project to renovate the whole area. His renovations were extensive, detailed and they really brought to highlight some of the hidden beauty of the area. He also added various themes and attractions to the gardens. These include: Tower Valley, Japanese Gardes, Trinton Lake as well as a pet cemetery and the Bamberg Gate. Every attraction is more majestic than the last. The idea behind these renovations was that the young Viscount was eager to replicate and match the splendor and the majesty of the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, the Schwetzingen Castle and other world-renowned gardens. The simple truth is that he succeeded!
National Geographic Channel called Powerscourt Gardens the third most beautiful gardens in the world
Spreading over 47 acres, these gardens offer visitors plenty of area to have all sorts of activities in. You can visit the amazing variety and blend of gardens which are decorated and filled with exotic species of plants and animals. Sweeping terraces and well-laid out walks are the limelight of the whole area. Some of the areas that all new visitors must go to include the Walled Gardens, the Italian Garden the Dolphin Pond as well as the Japanese Gardens. The scale of these gardens, the finesse with which they are crafted as well as the attention to detail make them some of the most beautiful man-made places in the world.
There is a ballroom and garden rooms as well, which only add to the allure of the whole place. The best part is that these gardens open at 9:30 in the morning and only close at 5 in the evening. This gives you an entire day of limitless activities that you can do with friends and family! Charges are 7.5 euros for adults, 7 for students and seniors, 3.50 for children, where toddlers under the age of five have free entry. These are the charges between November and February, while the entrance fee for the rest of the year is only slightly higher.
Powerscout Gardens Opening Times
• Daily: 9.30am – 5.30pm (Last entry 5pm)
• Gardens close at dusk in Winter (Last entry during winter is 30 minutes before dusk)
• The Gardens are open year-round and only close December 25th & 26th
Different opening times on Bank Holidays in Ireland.
Ballroom & Garden Rooms
• Sundays 9:30am – 1:30pm – All Year
• Mondays 9:30am – 1:30pm – May to September
Avoca Terrace Café
• Daily: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Powerscourt Gardens Entrance Prices
1st Nov 2017 – 28th Feb 2018
- Adult: €7.50
- Student: €7.00
- Senior: €7.00
- Child (U13) €3.50
- Child (U5) Free
- Family Ticket €18.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children)
Gardens Entrance Fees
1st Mar – 31st Oct 2018
- Adult: €10.00
- Student: €8.50
- Senior: €8.50
- Child (U13) €5.00
- Child (U5) Free
- Family Ticket €25.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children)
With the scale of development in the Powerscourt Gardens, there is a lot to look at. The gardens are vast and so dense with interesting places to explore that you simple won’t be able to see it all in one day and you will want to return on your earliest convenience!
To learn more about Powerscourt Gardens and Estate, click here.