The 1st Viscount Powerscourt was keen to make his mark and assert his position as one of importance in society, so he set about transforming the medieval castle at Powerscourt into a grand mansion. In 1730 he commissioned the German-born architect Richard Castle to build Powerscourt House, a 68 room mansion which was completed in 1741. The mansion was designed around the medieval castle in the style of Palladian architecture and featured baroque dome-roofed towers on either side, giving it in the words of one architectural historian, “The massive dignity of a great Italian Renaissance villa.”
The North front was adapted to present a grand entrance in the Palladian manner, while the South front faced the gardens and was initially only two storeys in height. An extra storey was added in 1787 and further major alterations were made in the late 19th century. The house contained some of the finest 18th century interiors in Ireland and was one of the country’s most beautiful mansions. In 1961, the Slazenger family purchased the Estate from the 9th Viscount Powerscourt.
The past and present history of Powerscourt feature in this short film narrated arrated personally by its 2 families and owners over the past 400 years, cousins Sarah and Alex Slazenger and Anthony Winfield.
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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