Rolling down bank at Powerscourt

Autumn Glory in Powerscourt Gardens

I always find it hard to let go of summer, but the beautiful golden light of October is one of my favourite things about autumn.

We visited the gardens on a sunny Saturday afternoon in early October “to kick up some leaves” – this was the children’s idea, which is why they made sure to put on their waterproofs before setting off. 

As a matter-of-fact, the leaves had already started to turn but not enough of them had fallen to the ground to carry out their plan. Without a moment’s hesitation, they decided to roll down the grassy banks instead.

rolling down bank


running back up the hill

As large clouds drifted by across the blue sky, we walked on through the gardens and the children moved on to other games. Everywhere we looked, autumn showed off nature’s glorious colours – a solitary mushroom here, a timid beech nut there, a bunch of fading hydrangeas over there.

Dolphin pond




autumn sun on hydrangea


beech tree leaves

But who knew autumn leaves came in this dazzling shade of pink?

red leaves


children in japanese gardens


autumn leaves in hand


changing colours


Japenese Gardens walk

In the Japanese Garden, the inevitable game of hide-and-seek started, and the sunlight also seemed to play peek-a-boo behind the trees.

Triton Lake fountain


triton Lake & house autumn


Looking into Japanese gardens


tree leaves


sitting in the pagoda


bridge in japanese gardens


Water feature japanese gardens


off on his own japanese gardens


Acer Autumn foliage


low sun Japanese gardens

On the way to the Pepperpot Tower, the 5 year old hid (not very well, admittedly!) under the shade of a giant gunnera leaf.

Under Giant Gunnera Leaf

Then by the time we looked for more autumn treasures in this part of the gardens and climbed up the Pepperpot Tower, which prompted a new game of castles under attack, time was running out to go and grab a hot chocolate at the Avoca Cafe. But that’ll be for another time…



Wow thats tall


Peppperpot Tower


Sugarloaf Mountain


Atop the Pepperpot


Dont jump


Flower pots




Annette is a family blogger exploring Ireland’s great outdoors with four children and a camera. She is French, married to an Irish man, and they live in beautiful county Wicklow.

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Powerscourt Estate

*COVID Update – April 2021* 

Further to the government announcements, the Powerscourt Estate team is pleased to inform you  that from Monday 12th April we will be able to welcome visitors from the rest of County Wicklow, and those living within 20km of Powerscourt Estate.

In line with the latest Government guidelines, we can welcome back visitors and annual members to enjoy the Gardens, Waterfall and Riverwalk (members only). The Garden Pavilion is also open for essential retail. The Golf Club will reopen to members from the 26th April.

During April the Gardens are open from 9.30 to 17.30 and the Waterfall from 10.30 to 17.30, with last admission 30 minutes before close.

The Avoca Food Hall is open 7 days a week (9.30 am – 5.30 pm). Avoca Outdoor Hatch is open for takeaway coffee, toasted sandwiches & treats 7 days a week (10.00 am – 4.00 pm). Avoca Pizza Van in the Courtyard is open Fridays, Saturday & Sundays from 12 noon – 3.30 pm.

The following facilities will remain closed for the duration of the latest restrictions.

Avoca Café Restaurant
Avoca Retail (Visit for details)
The Design Loft
Neptune by Global Village
Powerscourt Hotel
Powerscourt Distillery
Cool Planet Experience

To keep you and our staff safe we continue to facilitate social distancing, hand sanitizing and other safety measures.

Further updates will follow in the coming weeks as guidelines are adjusted.

Best wishes, ⁠⁠

Powerscourt Management⁠