Powerscourt House & Gardens
ENNISKERRY, COUNTY WICKLOW
Powerscourt Gardens are just 20km south of Dublin City Centre, set against the backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain. The gardens are stunning in any season, from the ornate Italian Gardens to the formal walks of the Rose and Kitchen Gardens. Laid out over a period of 150 years, with over 200 varieties of tree, shrub and flower, these 47 acres of garden has something for everyone. Among the gardens are a variety of fine statuary and ironworks collected from across Europe. The Palladian Mansion is now home to the best Irish design and features craft and interior shops. An audiovisual presentation provides more information on the history of the Estate.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Lower gardens are partially accessible
- Facilities: Lift to upper floors, disabled parking
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily 9.30-5.30 (sunset in winter). Closed 25-26 Dec
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About the area
Discover County Wicklow
The combination of a well-preserved monastic settlement with a beautiful lake and mountain setting makes Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains one of eastern Ireland’s premier attractions.
The reclusive St Kevin first established a monastic presence in this glacial valley in AD 570. The remote location was ideal for his hermitic tendencies, but he emphasised them still further by spending time in a cave, accessible only by boat, on the cliffs above the Upper Lough. St Kevin came from one of Leinster’s ruling families and was abbot here until his death in AD 618. He encouraged Glendalough’s reputation for learning and its fame spread across Europe.
This was a place of pilgrimage too; seven trips here were equivalent to one trip to Rome even as late as 1862. Though it survived numerous raids, the settlement began to decline in importance with the wave of French monastic foundations that followed the Anglo-Norman occupation of Ireland. But there were still monks in residence here when the monastery was dissolved in the 16th century. St Kevin’s feast day (3 June) continued to draw visitors to Glendalough into the 19th century, by which time the monks had acquired a rather bawdy reputation.
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