Thoroughly enjoyable family day out in a magnificent setting
Review of Powerscourt Gardens by Jenny Garrett and Family
“In planning a family break to Wicklow I searched the internet to see what was a “must see/do” while there. It was clear from the results that Powerscourt Gardens was not to be missed!
We arrived just after 10am on a lovely summer’s morning. We were greeted by friendly staff who gave our two little girls a map of the grounds.
Powerscourt Gardens is set over 47 acres of what can only be described as outstanding beauty and grandeur. Never have I walked through an entrance to be simply blown away.
Our 2 girls immediately set about planning the route. It states on the map that the route takes approx. 1 hour (there is also a shorter wheelchair/buggy friendly walk) but we spent nearly 4 hours there as there seems to be something of interest around every bend.
We decided to leave the Italian Gardens to last so our first stop was Tower Valley. While my husband and I were craning our necks to look at all the amazing trees our girls cried “Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair”!! There it was Pepperpot Tower surrounded by cannons, just like a picture from a fairytale book.
We climbed to the top of the tower and the view over the treetops was wonderful. Our two little princesses were thrilled to be at the top of Rapunzel’s tower and when we came down they enjoyed shooting off the cannons – they were protecting the Tower!!
When you continue on the track past the tower take a moment to turn around and see the tower in all its glory amongst the towering trees.
A short walk down a winding path, where to our girls delight we saw a squirrel in the grass, brings you to the Japanese Garden. We sat for a moment on the stone seat above the gardens, another amazing sight. The Japanese garden is a well laid out area for all to enjoy.
The kids can ramble over the various bridges, check out the secret grotto, make a wish at the fountain and of course look for a frog prince in the lillypads! Mum and Dad can take a 5 minute break in the Pagoda and enjoy the peaceful setting, listen to the birds sing, the water trickle and the breeze blowing.
Next up was Triton Lake – again when you turn the bend the sight is mind blowing! Triton Lake is flanked by life sized winged horses. The amazing terraces through the Italian Gardens draws your eye to Powerscourt House – words cannot describe it – you simply have to see for yourself.
From Triton Lake the path takes you to the Pet Cemetery. En route we spotted wild mushrooms and 3 gorgeous horses. From an adults point of view, the Pet Cemetery is unique and heart-warming.
To think the family set aside an area for their much loved pets is very touching. Our girls thoroughly enjoyed reading all the headstones and I must admit had a wee giggle at some of the names of the animals.
Dolphin Pond is our next stop – amazing trees, a lovely water feature and plenty of benches to sit down relax and take it all in. Don’t forget to take some bread for the kids to feed the ducks.
The entrance into the Walled Gardens is through a set of stunning gates called The English Gates. If you look to the top of the gates you will see a rose, a thistle and a shamrock, representing England, Scotland and Ireland.
Once through the English Gates you enter the Walled Gardens. These are truly amazing. There are plants of every variety and colour and lots of pretty butterflies which our girls loved.
As you reach the top of the Walled Gardens you come to Julia’s memorial pond – a lovely tribute to a mother from her son. The rose gardens are dazzling and the scent from them stupendous. Again you can sit on a bench and experience every sight and smell in the garden.
Finally we come to the Italian Gardens – what can I say! Your eye is drawn down the huge terraces, past the beautifully manicured lawn, the amazing flowerbeds, the winged horses, Triton Lake and finally Sugar Loaf mountain. What a view, words cannot describe it.
We took a stroll down the terraces to Triton Lake. Here you will have some wonderful photo taking opportunities. Our girls found a little hideaway under the winged horses…..look closely and you will too!!
We finished our trip to Powerscourt Gardens at Avoca Terrace Cafe. What a perfect way to relax and again take in the most stunning setting.
Powerscourt Gardens is, in my opinion, a truly magnificent setting with amazing views and stunning gardens, lakes, sculptures, flowers and plants of every variety. It can be enjoyed by everyone no matter what their age. Our two girls thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent there. From map reading, to Rapunzel’s tower, seeing squirrels, horses, butterflies, wild mushrooms, checking out all the secret nooks and crannies and pretending that they were the princesses who owned Powerscourt 🙂 we simply had a fantastic day and take home beautiful memories and stunning photos and look forward to returning very soon!”
Jenny Garrett & Family.
Thanks Jenny for this amazing review of Powerscourt!