National Geographic named Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow, Ireland as one of the top 3 gardens in the world! The gardens were designed in 1731 and encompass a sprawling 47 acres at the base of the Wicklow Mountains with a beautiful lake, terraces, international flowers, bridges, and a tower! Powerscourt is stunning, and a great day trip with children!
Travel: You can reach Powerscourt within 1 hour of Dublin by car. There is also a day tour from Dublin which will bring you to the estate, and you receive 20% off if booking online here.
There are 2 sections to Powerscourt. There is the estate & gardens area which is also where the hotel and golf course are located. Then there is the Powerscourt Waterfall area which is located separately from the estate. We suggest you take a full day and do both!
Waterfall: The Powerscourt Waterfall is located appx 6 km from the main estate, and is Ireland’s highest waterfall! The entry fee to visit the waterfall is separate from the gardens. The cost is 6Euro per adult and 3.50Euro per child with under 2 being free. This is a wonderful family place. The car park is located only a short walk from the waterfall. There is a playground and little cafe stand onsite, and bbq facilities for picnicking, etc. Our daughter loved this stop off!
Estate & Gardens: You can visit the estate without a ticket to visit the Avoca store & cafe which is fabulous. Avoca is one of my favorite Irish stores! The cafe is also great offering a wide variety. I ordered a meat pie with a carrot salad and a nut salad. The gardens are accessible from inside the estate, and there are different seasonal prices, but from March – October when we were there ticket prices are 10Euro per adult, and free for under 5. 5E for a child ticket. There is lots of natural beauty for little ones to run around in. We walked around the entire garden loop, and my daughter particularly loved the Japanese gardens with the little bridges over the stream. Another favorite was the Pepperpot Tower where she climbed to the top!
Hotel & Golf: We visited Powerscourt as a day trip, but if you would like to stay on the property there is the 5 star hotel and golf course. We did not stay onsite so cannot provide a first hand review of that aspect, but can say the setting and property is just gorgeous!
Don’t miss this stunning location!