The moment visitors arrive at Powerscourt Estate they are greeted with a tree lined avenue of beech trees planted over 250 years ago by the 1st Viscount Powerscourt. The romantic landscape of trees overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountain and surrounding countryside is a pleasure to walk or drive through during each of the seasons.
The trees at Powerscourt have been planted over the past two centuries and there are now hundreds of varieties for visitors to enjoy. Today they look quite familiar, but in the 19th century they were mostly new and exotic trees, collected from the Americas and all over the world. Thanks to Viscount Powerscourt’s tree planting programme of 1870, Powerscourt today boasts many wonderful tree species including Douglas-Firs, Corsican Pines, Giant Redwoods, Atlantic Cedars, Noble Firs and countless more.
The dark Conifers which frame Triton Lake and the Italian garden in Powerscourt Gardens were designed to create a vista that was part of the wider landscape. This view was created between 1840 and about 1890 by the 6th and 7th Viscounts. Planting continued under the 8th Viscount in the early years of the 20th century and continues to this day.
Our climate at Powerscourt is relatively kind, hence the rapid growth recorded for many trees in the gardens. The River Walk at Powerscourt features the tallest tree in Ireland, a Douglas Fir. The tree stands at 61.5 metres, or 202 ft, towering above well-known landmarks including Dublin’s Liberty Hall (59.5 m) and Niagara Falls (51m).
We have Irish and European champion trees at Powerscourt including a Wild Cherry, a Torrey Pine and a Southern Beech. There are many exceptional trees on the estate including a line of Douglas Fir which are among the tallest in Ireland and about 150 years old. The Dawn Redwood is another notable tree on the estate which was discovered in China in 1947 and introduced to Ireland in 1949. Come for a walk at Powerscourt and discover our beautiful arboretum of trees today.
In the interest of public safety and the absolute requirement for social distancing, we have decided to close the Estate, including the House, Gardens, River Walk and Waterfall, until further notice.
We have given the situation a great deal of thought and we understand that our visitors will be disappointed by this and we apologise for the inconvenience it may cause, particularly when being outside in nature is beneficial for mental and physical health.
At this time, we all have a social responsibility, including Powerscourt Estate, to minimise any harm to our friends, colleagues, and families. We will be reviewing this situation on an ongoing basis. Please keep an eye on the News Section of our website and social media for updates.
Thank you for your understanding and patience and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Estate before not too long. We hope you and your families are keeping safe.