Powerscourt 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 in an area known as killing hollow, which is in Tower Valley near the Pepperpot Tower.
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.