Explore the Walled Garden and be enchanted by the most magnificent variety of plants on show.
The walled gardens are one of the oldest parts of the Gardens and feature fascinating plants along Ireland’s largest herbaceous border. The Walled Gardens were once known as ‘The Kitchen Garden’ as vegetable and fruit trees once grew here to keep the family kitchen well stocked. Today you will spot some tasty apples during the autumn.
The original selection of plants and shrubs along the herbaceous border were chosen by Lady Powerscourt, the wife of the 7th Viscount. Her husband Lord Powerscourt once said “The planting of the choice plants and shrubs, and seeing them increase year by year in size and beauty has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life.”
Take a quiet moment and relax beside the small fountain in the centre of the garden. This fountain was collected by Lord Powerscourt in London and he considered a fountain of its quality “difficult to find” and thus a prized possession.
In the Walled Garden you will find ‘Julia’s Memorial’, a calm reflective pond built in honour of the 7th Viscountess by her son. Her husband Mervyn, the 7th Viscount also named the bust of a lady at the front of the house “Empress Julia”.
Don’t miss the 240 year old Bamberg Gate which came from the Cathedral at Bamberg in Germany. The 7th Viscount bought this from Mr. Pratt, a curiosity dealer in London. Admire its intricate ironwork and interesting perspective. From here, enjoy the vibrant colours and beautiful scents of the Rose Garden.
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.