Looking out from the 19th-century terraces, over the Italian Garden and past the life-sized, winged horses guarding Triton Lake, all the way over dark conifers to the Sugarloaf Mountain – if you’re not too giddy with the sensational vista, you might reflect on the far-sightedness of so many generations to create Powerscourt as you now see it.
Explore the beauty of Powerscourt Estate

Explore the beauty of Powerscourt Estate

Explore the beauty of Powerscourt Estate
The vast estate has been some 800 years in the making: from the original castle built by the Anglo-Norman de la Poer (Power) family that was transformed into a magnificent 18th-century Palladian mansion by the 1st Viscount Powerscourt, to more than 250 varieties of trees planted to grow through time into today’s splendour. 
Wingfield Family Tree - the family lineage of the Powerscourt House & Estate

Wingfield Family Tree

Wingfield Family Tree
Even the best-laid plans, of course, can be unmade and a fire in 1974 gutted the interior – an audio-visual presentation tells the story of the estate
But you can still revel in the outward magnificence of this typical Big House – while the one-twelfth scale Tara’s Palace in the Museum of Childhood gives a peek into the elegance of 18th-century rooms. 
 
Leaving aside temptations of shopping and two championship golf courses, back you then wander, map in hand, to explore the irresistible gardens shaped through 250 years: imagining inimitable, gout-ridden architect Daniel Robertson directing operations in the Italian Garden as he was wheeled about in a barrow while sipping sherry; admiring the quirky Pepperpot Tower in its wooded valley, statuary, roses and the exotic Japanese Garden.
360 view of Powerscourt Gardens
An actor dressed in period costume, drinking a glass of port while sitting in a cart
An ivy covered tower with turrets and windows
Left: Actor playing Daniel Robertson. Right: Pepperpot Tower.
Head gardener Alex Slazenger, whose family are the present custodians of Powerscourt, hosts fascinating guided walks. And down the road, there’s amazing Powerscourt Waterfall, Ireland’s highest waterfall at 121m (398ft).
Powerscourt waterfall
Powerscourt waterfall
Returning for tea in Powerscourt’s Terrace Café or in the Georgian parlour-style of Powerscourt Hotel, it’s humbling to think that the Big House gardening dreams of so many people have become your reality.
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Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Wicklow