Powerscourt House and Gardens, Wicklow
Fee-Paying Tourist Attraction in Ireland #14
The grounds at Powerscourt are located at Enniskerry in County Wicklow, a short journey along the N11 motorway southwards from Dublin City. There are a number of distinct attractions near the site with Powerscourt Waterfall and picnic grounds offering an opportunity to have a lovely picnic or ramble in a majestic location, although the waterfall is some 5km away from the main estate. By far the most popular attraction though is the actual House and Gardens.
It is possible to take a public bus to nearby Enniskerry village but that will still leave you with a half-hour walk up to the House. If you are not driving there yourself then an organised coach-tour might be the way to go. Several tour operators offer day trips to Powerscourt from Dublin city.
The Gardens are an absolute delight. Falling away from the restored house down towards the pond and fountains the gardens are divided into a number of different sections. The Italian garden, a walled garden, a Japanese garden, and a tower valley are all in front of you to explore.
It is easy enough to ramble down the hill but getting back up it can take a little effort so you may wish to skip the Japanese garden if mobility is an issue. The long border at the far side of the gardens leads into the walled rose garden and greenhouses adjacent to the house.
A fine cafe is often very busy so keep this in mind if you are hungry when you arrive. Powerscourt is also home to quite a shopping experience with the famous Avoca brand heavily in evidence, and only a few yards from the cafe and house entrance.
Is Powerscourt Recommended? Most definitely. But a little planning always helps.
Dont arrive in the afternoon unless you are planing a very quick visit (this is not a place to be rushed). A lovely day out would consist of an early arrival at the grounds, perhaps a cup of coffee in the cafe, followed by a walk around the gardens, back into the house to explore 'Tara's Palace', one of the greatest Doll's Palaces in the World, and then have lunch in the cafe or do a little browsing in the shops. Once more around the lake after lunch or perhaps a short drive to view the waterfall would certainly round off a great experience. Bring your camera!
Find out more here: http://www.powerscourt.ie
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