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Powerscourt Waterfall

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Address: Enniskerry, Ireland
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+353 1 204 6000

Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland's highest at 121m (398ft). It is set in...

Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland's highest at 121m (398ft). It is set in North County Wicklow just outside Enniskerry Village.

The magnificent Waterfall cascades down over the granite rocks from the peatlands above. The crystal clear water flows down to the river below where it continues on its journey out to sea at Bray. The valley itself was carved out by a glacier during the ice age!

Today Powerscourt is a haven for some of Ireland's wildlife, flora and fauna. The Sikka deer were first introduced here by Lord Powerscourt in 1858. The Waterfall is best seen just after heavy rain and the sheer volume of water and noise is certainly a sight to behold.

The Waterfall is an ideal location for summer picnics and barbecues. There is a vast amount of space to keep children entertained. There is also a playground for younger children.

Don't fret if you forget your picnic as there is a kiosk on site that serves everything from coffee and tea to hot-dogs and ice-cream. The kiosk is open everyday from the 1st June to the end of August and year round at weekends, if weather permits. There is ample car parking and toilet facilities at the waterfall. Dogs are welcome but they must be on a leash.

Take time to explore the pathways that meander through the flora and fauna, walk along the woodland pathways and listen to the birdsong.

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Gorgeous.......but not for €6 each

Went here 3 days after Christmas to take photos and the fresh air in. It was beautiful and real crisp weather, but there is no need for the entrance fee to be so... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Dublin, Ireland

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Belen, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were encouraged to visit the waterfall site. The road getting there was daunting as it was quite narrow and twisting. Be patient and cautious as you drive. I pulled over and let the locals pass as they were in a hurry. The waterfall site was accommodating with parking and relief facilities. You will be adequately rewarded for making the... More 

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Minot, North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Powerscourt Waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Ireland, and it's like a beautiful cascade of Guinness. Gorgeous.

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The toilets were filthy, with lots of water on the floor, very dangerous in fact! The coffee shop was closed, so after paying in €19.50 we just walked around The playground is great and lots of picnic tables! The waterfall itself is obviously beautiful and there are lovely walks and trails around But I think if you are charging so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning we were virtually the only people at the park - great paths to walk along amazing colours - but most of all is the waterfall must see

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice place to spend an afternoon, go for a walk or even have a BBQ or a picnic. There is a shop on the grounds which sells teas and coffees and hot snacks - there is only an outdoor seating area. There is also a playground which is great for children.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here 3 days after Christmas to take photos and the fresh air in. It was beautiful and real crisp weather, but there is no need for the entrance fee to be so high. Considering the number of people they get monthly, they could try a seasonal fee. High peak change €6 and may €3 in winter months.

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Foxford, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I guess I was naïve to think that this was a free activity. Charging to see a waterfall...is it very Irish. Paying to drive in, park, walk etc wasn't what we had in mind. It was really nice to see but bitter sweet at the same time.

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San Angelo, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though we had to pay 6 euros per person, the Falls were worth seeing. The gate fee is used for upkeep, and being able to drive all the way to them was worth it! A person wouldn't even have to get out of their cars to enjoy the beauty!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning views and great time there. The only downside was the coffee at the kiosk there... Terrible.

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Visited here in August 16 on way up to Northern Ireland. Not the greatest road signage when you leave the motorway but we found it. Took some lovely photos of the waterfall. It's worth a visit if you're in the area.

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