Powerscourt House & Gardens

Powerscourt House & Gardens

Powerscourt House & Gardens
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow was named no. 3 in the World’s Top 10 Gardens by the National Geographic*, second only to the Palace of Versailles and Kew Gardens in London. Powerscourt is the only one of the three that is not state owned. Powerscourt Estate* is Ireland’s first premier visitor attraction to be certified by Sustainable Travel Ireland whose criteria are recognised by the UN mandated Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). Powerscourt, House, Gardens and Waterfall is the first major Irish visitor attraction to achieve such an accolade. Dating back to the 13th century, Powerscourt is a vast country estate noted for its magnificent Palladian style mansion and 47 acres (190,000 m2) of formal landscaped gardens in the picturesque village of Enniskerry, County Wicklow. Set on a commanding hilltop position, against the backdrop of the Sugarloaf mountains, a sweeping terrace on the mansion’s southside opens onto a breath-taking, ornamental garden and lake.
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  • Steve M
    4 contributions
    Wonderful Powerscourt
    While staying and golfing in Wicklow, we visited the Powerscourt house . What a treat! It was the end of Winter so the flowers are not in bloom yet, but it is still well worth the visit. We had lunch in the tea rooms which was very nice, and served by very helpful staff. Its was a lovely sunny but cold day to go for a walk around the ground and then a wonder into the shops . We where delighted with the little gifts we go for the kids. We will be back in the Summer, when the days and warmer and longer. Would highly recommend.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Barb F
    47 contributions
    Wonderful day
    Enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at Powerscourt. Japanese garden was delightful as were the spring bulb displays. Staff were pleasant and restaurant had very high quality selections. Scones delightful. Special mention goes to Louise who amazingly went above and beyond for me and my sister when we had a difficult situation. She happily stepped in and took care of everything. A true gem. Thank you! We will always remember your kindness.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 15 April 2023
  • Intrepid411
    Connecticut195 contributions
    Our 2nd stop in Ireland!
    After having read this is one of the highest rated gardens in the world and we would be visiting another spot in the Wicklow mountains I added this to the itinerary. Glad I did and even though not in full bloom well worth the trip. I never thought my first experience standing next to a pretty big sequoia would be in Ireland, but there it was!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2023
  • jorge P
    10 contributions
    great gardens
    visited in early june. garden was real nice and the japanese garden was very cool. excellent photo opportunities. the food at the cafe didn't look that good so we walked to powerscourt hotel where they had good food.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 June 2023
  • rlepson
    Scottsdale, Arizona422 contributions
    Garden lover must visit
    Amazing. The building and highlight of the Japanese garden is one of the best in the world. Give yourself time to discover the garden and the surrounding local shops. They also have a distillery on site that we visited as well.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Alice K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania12 contributions
    One of the world's most beautiful gardens
    Absolutely breathtaking! We went in June and the roses were amazing, truly gigantic blossoms. The scale of the beautiful grounds and flowering borders was grand, with fabulous specimen trees and immaculate, sweeping lawns. But the gem of the garden was the Japanese Garden. dripping with mosses, ferns, fuchsias, and Japanese maples, set in a grottoed wonderland. Paradise for plant lovers! The house has a series of drool-worthy gift shops selling plants, clothing, garden supplies, jewelry, and Irish-made gifts and art. The café has delectable food, including alcoholic drinks and fabulous desserts. If you eat outside, watch out for the annoying birds that harass visitors for (forbidden) handouts. A highlight of our trip to Ireland! Be forewarned, road signage is not very good until you almost arrive at the entrance. Look for the exit to Enniskerry.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Fiona M
    1 contribution
    Helpful friendly staff, beautiful gardens and lovely restaurant
    Just had a lovely day with my parents (in their 80's) The staff could not have been more h elpful. My father's mobility scooter broke down in the gardens. They aided us by bringing a wheelchair and a buggy down to carry the scooter and my Dad back. Nothing was too much and their friendly attitude was amazing. We had a lovely lunch afterwards in the terrace cafe . Watched the historic movie and had a wander around the garden centre. All in all a wonderful day. Thank you especially to Aimee and Louise in reception. We will be back.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 July 2023
  • dragonara2
    Honiton, United Kingdom446 contributions
    Lovely gardens
    The gardens are lovely and well maintained, luckily it was a sunny day to enjoy the gardens, Plants are well labelled. most of the house is now given over to retail units but there is a section with an exhibition as to how the house was before the fire and its history. The cafes provide a good choice of snacks, drinks , we had a good lunch there with delicious quiche and salads. plenty of parking, its less than an hour from the airport so easily visited en route to or from the airport.
    Glad you enjoyed your trip to Powerscourt. We hope you can visit soon again :)
    Written 17 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom787 contributions
    Good gardens and views
    We got absolutely soaked here on our visit but didnt let it stop us, we were on a mission to see as many gardens as we could in our time in Eire. This was one of the top recommended so had to go. Pleased we did, very large grounds to cover, a bit confusing in places but that may have been down to a soggy map and not wishing to dally in the rain. We spent about 2 hours here including having a very nice lunch in the cafe - not cheap, but good food. Great views over gardens to mountains even in the rain. Found rest of shops a bit pretentious though. About 12 Euro entry including a video intro. Would have spent longer if weather better - next time.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Conrad N
    Whitstable, United Kingdom748 contributions
    Amazing gardens
    Stunning gardens laid out beautifully and well maintained. Different themed areas to explore, so a lot of walking to cover them all. Lots of ups and downs: the gardens are on multiple levels so be aware. Nice cafe to recover in afterwards - also a variety of shops. Allow at least 3 hours to cover the gardens.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
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hoben57
Houston, TX39 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We visited the gardens on a cool, breezy fall day and had a great visit despite the garden being in its later stages of bloom. There were still some wonderful flowering plants to see. We walked the grounds and enjoyed the views of the property and the mountains beyond. Everyone we spoked with in the house and the garden was friendly. It's a nice place to sit, relax and enjoy the scenery.
Written 8 November 2023
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Sarah H.
Neville, OH3 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
I visited the gardens with my family and we had a great time, we had a lovely walk in the gardens and it was very peaceful
Written 23 October 2023
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TANJU Z
9 contributions
Sept 2023 • Business
This is not a hotel, a palace spread over a very large area, a magnificent recreation facility covered with green forests, a peaceful environment, extremely luxurious rooms, everything has been considered, the only drawback is the distance to the city center and transportation, other than that, everything was great.
Written 16 October 2023
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Mike
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Lovely gardens,nice tea room/terrace. Definitely worth the entrance price. Should offer a shuttle bus transport service to the waterfall.
Written 15 October 2023
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,084 contributions
July 2023 • Couples
We stopped here with our tour group Hill Top Trek. The house is very beautiful and has souvenir shops on the first level. The remainder of the house is used for special events and cannot be visited. However, the grounds are the centerpiece of the property. The grounds are very extensive with lush landscaping, a huge cascading fountain and a large array of different types of flowers. They also have a Japanese garden here as well. You can download an audio guide however I found that whenever I went to take a photo the audio guide disconnected so we just wandered around the grounds. There is signage posted so you cannot get lost, and you will see everything of interest. I would recommend coming here. It is likely our most enjoyable garden visit ever and we have visited many during our travels. It is quite a jaw-dropping experience.
Written 5 October 2023
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Joe B
Dallas, TX4 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Easy drive from Dublin. Great views and nice walk around the gardens. If you are looking for a spot for great pictures - this is the place. Visit the Falls for added adventure and hiking,
Written 15 September 2023
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Rick D
Washington DC, DC118 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Lovely gardens and a nice walk. The walled gardens were the highlight and in full bloom in mid-August. The rest of the garden was lush but not too many blooms.
Written 5 September 2023
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Sean S
Sherburn in Elmet, UK4 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
I want to start this review by saying that the gardens and house them selves were stunning and would have given a 5 star review. The issue came before entry.
For some context me and my partner are both in our mid 20s and spending a week around Ireland from England. I don’t look it but I have a disability where I frequently lose balance, can’t walk or completely collapse out of no where.
The website stated that with proof of disability you are entitled to one free carer pass. Many places have this and are usually very accommodating. We proved my disability but was told that wasn’t enough and if my disability was “more visible like I was in a wheel chair” I would have been allowed it. At this point I was too embarrassed and wanted the earth to swallow me but my partner knew how excited I’d been for this so argued the case. Soon the manager came out and was very abrupt with us almost bringing me to tears. We were then told that my partner would need a carers pass, something which I hadn’t heard of until this. We have now ordered one; but had full proof of disability and need for a carer which had been more than sufficient every where else. Eventually we got a very rude “if you are going to argue you can just have it then.” Never in my life have I felt so dehumanised for having a disability. We made the most and enjoyed the day but had a very nasty taste in my mouth from the experience.
Written 5 September 2023
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Michael G
50 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
THe gardens were wonderful and the herbaceous border one of the prettiest we have ever seen. However.........do not waste your time downloading the audio tour they advertise once on the grounds (it is free and that is about what it is worth). The narrators are family members who do little than to regale you with their favorite family stories.You would think a tour audio would direct you along the correct paths and give you landmarks on where to turn, what to look at etc. Not so this miserable tour. The narrators yammer on about 'something' and you have no idea where it actually is. My wife and I are both experienced travelers and have never had trouble with an audio tour..........until this one.
Written 3 September 2023
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Wolf
Stafford, UK11 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We had an extra day in Dublin as our flight home was cancelled- our hotel breakfast waiter recommended we visit the gardens, adding it was where he took friends/family that visited him.
The gardens are a great day out, lots to explore, and so well looked after.
Sadly the house burnt down in 1974 as it was about to open to the public so the house itself is no longer open to the public other than the ground floor that’s been converted to a cafe and cinema room where you can watch a 9 minute movie about its history- well worth watching before you go around the gardens.
My wife downloaded an audio guide that suggested we go around the gardens in an anti clockwise direction- which works very well.
There’s a lot to take in and admire- great views and it’s all very well kept- I especially enjoyed the Japanese garden.
Well worth a visiting
Written 2 September 2023
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