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The Slazengers at Powerscourt

In 1961, Ralph and Gwen Slazenger purchased Powerscourt from the 9th Viscount of Powerscourt, Richard Wingfield.

The Slazengers at PowerscourtThe Estate had previously been in the Wingfield family  for 350 years .

Ralph Slazenger was from the famous Slazenger family His father and Uncle started the company that produced tennis racquets and balls  (Slazenger tennis balls are still used at Wimbledon today) although that company was bought over and the Slazenger’s are not involved with it today.

An engineer and inventor, Ralph’s primary reason for purchasing the estate was not for the Grand House and Gardens, but his interest in renewable energey and is desire to harness hydroelectricity from the Waterfall. As it turned out the waterfall was not suitable for this, but it showed Ralph’s passion for renewable energy ahead of his time.

Meanwhile his wife Gwen’s was drawn to the estate as she had a passion for farming and the countryside,

Ralph and Gwen lived happily on the estate for over 10 years with plans to open it to visitors.

A Tragic Tale

In 1974 a major refurbishment of the house was completed in preparation for it joining the gardens as a visitor attraction. Tragically, in the early hours of November 4th a fire broke out on the top floor of Powerscourt House and by the morning the main part of the house was a roofless shell. No one was injured, but all of the principal reception rooms and bedrooms were destroyed. The walls of the main house, revealing stonework dating back to the 16th century, stood as a stark reminder of the fire for over twenty years. After the fire, Powerscourt House was restored and re-opened in 1996, although not ​to its original glory.

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Powerscourt Estate Open & In Bloom

As travel restrictions are being lifted from next Monday (29th June), we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the country back to Powerscourt Estate.  The Gardens are now beautifully in bloom and are a perfect place to visit to unwind and experience nature in all its summer glory.

We advise visitors to the Gardens to pre-book in advance online to guarantee entrance.  Book on www.powerscourt.com/tickets.

From the 29th of June, the areas and facilities open on the Estate include –

-The Gardens (9.30 am-5.30 pm, 7 days a week, last entry 5 pm)
-The Waterfall (9.30 am- 7 pm, 7 days a week, last entry 6 pm)
-The Garden Pavilion (9.30 am-5.30 pm, 7 days a week, Sunday 10 am – 5.30 pm)
-Avoca Food Hall (9.30 am-5.30 pm, 7 days a week)
-Avoca Cafe Restaurant (9.30 am- 4 pm, 7 days a week)
-The Design Loft (10 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week)
-Neptune by Global Village open from the 3rd of July
-Avoca outdoor takeaway coffee & treats
-The Riverwalk (for Annual members)
-The Golf courses (Open to all golfers to book tee times from the 29th of June)
-Powerscourt Hotel open for bookings from the 2nd of July
-Powerscourt Distillery open from Friday 3rd July (Friday & Saturday from 11.30am- 5pm & Sunday 12pm-5.30pm).

To keep our staff, members, and visitors safe we will be facilitating social distancing, hand sanitising, and other safety measures. Please read the list of safety measures here.

To keep informed please visit the News Section of our website and keep an eye on social media for updates.

Best wishes, ⁠⁠
Powerscourt Management⁠