For over 20 years the house largely remained a ruin, although Ralph and Gwen courageously refurbished part of it where they lived for a number of years.
Gwen and Ralph’s son, Dr Michael Slazenger was a medical doctor. In 1990 he took a year-long break from his career to consider what to do.
It was his vision to transform Powerscourt into a sustainable business to ensure its long term survival.
In 1996 the house was re-built as you see it now.
Powerscourt House today is home to the best of Irish design in gifts, clothes and furniture. The Avoca Terrace Café offers the finest Irish artisan, freshly prepared food. Powerscourt House was voted as One of the Top Ten Houses and Mansions Worldwide by the Lonely Planet Guide. It is wonderful to see Powerscourt House thriving today as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland.
Sarah Slazenger daughter of Dr Michael Slazenger now runs the Estate today.
Her cousin Alex Slazenger is the Head Gardener.
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.