The Cool Planet Experience is a fun, interactive climate action experience – the first of it’s kind in the world! Based within the beautiful Powerscourt House & Gardens, you can immerse yourself in the story of Ireland’s changing climate, the science behind it & discover some wonderfully innovative ( & high tech) ways to reduce your carbon footprint. The experience takes approx 1 hour & is the perfect accompaniment to a visit to Powerscourt House & Gardens.
Each visitor calculates their personal carbon footprint, the information is downloaded into a wristband, and as they go through the various rooms they experience the exhibition in a very personal way. The centre appeals to all ages and many of our visitors have described the experience as life changing. Connecting science, engineering, gaming and drama, the centre is the first of ten that are planned to open around the world over the next three years, with plans already in place for centres in Dubai and Sydney.
Cool Planet Experience is suitable for age 7+ and in addition to the tour, we offer a range of group and school workshop options led by one of our Planeteers, where visitors experience the explosive science of climate change and the engineering that will help solve it! All our interactive experiments, demonstrations and activities are curriculum linked, designed to ignite a curiosity of STEM subjects. Cool Planet Experience is an accredited Discovery Centre under Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme. Schools can gain credit towards their Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Awards by visiting our Centre. We also offer a range of second level workshops for TY, CSPE etc. and bespoke corporate experiences.
As travel restrictions are being lifted from next Monday (29th June), we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the country back to Powerscourt Estate. The Gardens are now beautifully in bloom and are a perfect place to visit to unwind and experience nature in all its summer glory.
We advise visitors to the Gardens to pre-book in advance online to guarantee entrance. Book on www.powerscourt.com/tickets.
From the 29th of June, the areas and facilities open on the Estate include –
-The Gardens (9.30 am-5.30 pm, 7 days a week, last entry 5 pm)
-The Waterfall (9.30 am- 7 pm, 7 days a week, last entry 6 pm)
-The Garden Pavilion (9.30 am-5.30 pm, 7 days a week, Sunday 10 am – 5.30 pm)
-Avoca Food Hall (9.30 am-5.30 pm, 7 days a week)
-Avoca Cafe Restaurant (9.30 am- 4 pm, 7 days a week)
-The Design Loft (10 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week)
-Neptune by Global Village open from the 3rd of July
-Avoca outdoor takeaway coffee & treats
-The Riverwalk (for Annual members)
-The Golf courses (Open to all golfers to book tee times from the 29th of June)
-Powerscourt Hotel open for bookings from the 2nd of July
-Powerscourt Distillery open from Friday 3rd July (Friday & Saturday from 11.30am- 5pm & Sunday 12pm-5.30pm).
To keep our staff, members, and visitors safe we will be facilitating social distancing, hand sanitising, and other safety measures. Please read the list of safety measures here.
To keep informed please visit the News Section of our website and keep an eye on social media for updates.