The Italian Garden truly offers the best of garden landscaping and design. Cast your eye towards the Sugar Loaf Mountain beyond the gardens and enjoy one of the best views in Ireland. The terraces you are standing on were designed in the 1840’s by architect Daniel Robertson and took 100 men over 12 years to build!
Enjoy the formal Italian Garden which is perfectly manicured and notice how each side is symmetric. It’s the perfect vista rolling down to beautiful Triton Lake.
The series of terraces linking the house to the lake were quite a feat to finish and took over twelve years to build with over one hundred labourers required to complete the task! The design of the upper stone terrace nearest the house was influenced by Villa Butera in Sicily. As a young boy, the 7th Viscount was brought out from his school room (aged 7) on 13th October 1843 to lay the first stone in the ground. It would be wonderful to know of the thousands of stones in the terraces, which one it is!
Interestingly, the 7th Viscount did not believe he would live to see the completion of the terraces. While many generations of the Wingfield Family did not live to see the completion of the work undertaken during their lifetime, they approached its development with gusto and enthusiasm and perhaps saw themselves as just one part of the evolution of Powerscourt. It is through their imagination and hard work that we can enjoy the splendour and beauty of Powerscourt today.
Enjoy exciting sculptures of Gods and myths including statues of Apollo Belvedere and Diana, collected by the 6th and 7th Lord Powerscourt on their travels to Europe.
One of the most striking features of the Italian Gardens is the pair of life sized Winged Horses which watch over the lake. They form part of the family coat of arms and were made by Professor Hugo Hagen in Berlin in 1869. The fountain in this dramatic Lake is based on the fountain in the Piazza Barberini in Rome and completes the splendid vista from the house down to the lake.
Powerscourt Estate is open all week (14th – 20th, June 2021) for visitors and annual members. We will remain open throughout filming in Enniskerry village.
Avoid traveling through Enniskerry village centre.
For the Summer months the Gardens are open from 09.30 to 17.30 and the Waterfall from 9.30 to 19.00. The River Walk is open to members only 09.00 to 17.30.
The Garden Pavilion is open for all of your summer gardening needs. Powerscourt Golf Club is open for members and visitors.
The Avoca Food Hall is open 7 days a week (09.30 – 17.30 ). Avoca Outdoor Hatch is open for takeaway coffee, toasted sandwiches & treats 7 days a week (10.00 – 17.00). Avoca Pizza Van in the Courtyard is open Fridays, Saturday & Sundays from 12 noon – 15.30 (Not available Friday the 11th of June).
Avoca Retail and The Design Loft are now open.
Neptune by Global Village – open on Monday the 14th of June.
Powerscourt Hotel is now open.
The following facilities will remain closed under current guidelines.
To keep all our visitors and our staff safe we continue to facilitate social distancing, hand sanitizing and other safety measures.
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