Dinosaur, Jurassic Park. Photograph Credit: Christian De Grandmaison

Jurassic Park Film secretly shot at Powerscourt Estate

The Dinosaurs are coming, and this time, it’s to Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow. Film Director Colin Trevorrow has revealed that a secret Jurassic World short film was shot at the beautiful estate in Enniskerry last year.

In an interview with Collider, Trevorrow opened up about the project for the first time:

“We shot it in Ireland last winter. They have a grove of redwood trees that look exactly like the national parks in Northern California”, Trevorrow continued. “I honestly never thought we’d make it this far without getting found out. The Irish can keep a secret.”

Redwood Tree Powerscourt

The Redwood Trees at Powerscourt Estate line the long walkways of its ornate Gardens and frame the views surrounding its towering Waterfall. These evergreen skyscrapers provide the perfect playground for Jurassic Park’s roaming dinosaurs, as some of the oldest living things in existence. The growing conditions for Redwoods in Ireland are perfect, and trees can live for 1,000 years, or more. Powerscourt boasts many champion trees, including a Winter’s Bark tree, which is the tallest known example on the planet.

Powerscourt has long piqued the interest of movie-makers, since Laurence Olivier filmed Henry IV there in 1944. With its close proximity to Dublin, intricate gardens and wild, dramatic scenery, it’s easy to see the attraction:

“”No one’s ever shot a Jurassic movie in Ireland, the crew was fired up. The cast was fully committed to making 8 minutes that could stand alongside the movies.” said Director Colin Trevorrow who directed and co-wrote smash-hit Jurassic World and co-wrote the sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Dinosaur, Jurassic Park. Photograph Credit: Christian De Grandmaison

In the short, dinosaurs live in the wild now, with humans and dinosaurs battling to co-exist. The film features a family on a camping trip whose visit is interrupted by a large herbivore trundling past their caravan, and a battle ensues.

Featuring Selma and Moonlight actor Andre Holland and End of Watch’s Natalie Martinez, the short was completed in five days with a small crew: “We had two child actors, a giant animatronic dinosaur and a baby. It shouldn’t have worked, but it did”, Trevorrow joked.

Redwood Tree at Powerscourt Waterfall. Photograph Credit: Powerscourt Estate

Speaking about the best-kept secret in County Wicklow, Managing Director Sarah Slazenger said: “We are thrilled that the prestigious Jurassic Park movie series chose Powerscourt and Ireland as the location for their latest release. The spectacular scenery and abundance of wildlife makes it the perfect backdrop for this science fiction adventure movie. We look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world to admire our spectacular redwood trees at Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall.”

Battle at Big Rock is available to watch online through YouTube and has already garnered 3.8 million views worldwide.

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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 avoca.com 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