13th Century

14th and 15th Century The O ToolesPowerscourt is one of the most beautiful estates in Ireland. Situated in the mountains of County Wicklow, it was originally an important strategic site for the Anglo-Normans who came to Ireland in the late 12th century.

Where Powerscourt House stands today there was once a 13th century medieval castle, owned by the Le Poer Family from which ‘Powerscourt’ takes its name. Powerful Irish families including the O’Tooles and the Fitzgeralds battled for possession of the castle and its lands over the succeeding centuries.

In 16th century Ireland the control of land was a cutthroat business.

Le Poer’s lands were soon overrun by the O’Tooles.

Clan Chieftain Phelim O’Toole kept switching sides in the constant fighting between Queen Elizabeth I of England and the Wicklow clans. In 1603 a band of exasperated Englishmen cornered O’Toole near his castle.

The eighty-year old clan chief was killed.

The Killing Hollow in Tower Valley, where this happened, features on our garden tour.

Powerscourt Estate

*COVID Update – April 2021* 

Further to the government announcements, the Powerscourt Estate team is pleased to inform you  that from Monday 12th April we will be able to welcome visitors from the rest of County Wicklow, and those living within 20km of Powerscourt Estate.

In line with the latest Government guidelines, we can welcome back visitors and annual members to enjoy the Gardens, Waterfall and Riverwalk (members only). The Garden Pavilion is also open for essential retail. The Golf Club will reopen to members from the 26th April.

During April the Gardens are open from 9.30 to 17.30 and the Waterfall from 10.30 to 17.30, with last admission 30 minutes before close.

The Avoca Food Hall is open 7 days a week (9.30 am – 5.30 pm). Avoca Outdoor Hatch is open for takeaway coffee, toasted sandwiches & treats 7 days a week (10.00 am – 4.00 pm). Avoca Pizza Van in the Courtyard is open Fridays, Saturday & Sundays from 12 noon – 3.30 pm.

The following facilities will remain closed for the duration of the latest restrictions.

Avoca Café Restaurant
Avoca Retail (Visit avoca.com for details)
The Design Loft
Neptune by Global Village
Powerscourt Hotel
Powerscourt Distillery
Cool Planet Experience

To keep you and our staff safe we continue to facilitate social distancing, hand sanitizing and other safety measures.

Further updates will follow in the coming weeks as guidelines are adjusted.

Best wishes, ⁠⁠

Powerscourt Management⁠