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.
Further to the government COVID-19 Level 5 restrictions announcement, the Gardens, Waterfall and Riverwalk will remain open to visitors and annual members who live within 5 km of the Estate.
The Gardens close at 16.30 in January & at 17.00 in February, last admission is 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 – 3.30pm.
The following facilities will remain closed for the duration of the latest restrictions.
Please keep up to date on any changes through the news section of our website and social media channels.
We look forward to welcoming you all back to the Estate once the level 5 restrictions are lifted.