Explore the Gardens
Set aside a couple of hours to experience the gardens at your leisure. Stroll through striking formal designs, discover hidden nooks and hollows or take in the stunning views of the landscape from our sweeping terraces. Named by National Geographic as the third finest garden across the entire globe, Powerscourt Gardens is its own world of wonder, just waiting to be explored.
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Dramatic terraces fall away, sweeping through stunning formal planting schemes and statuary towards Triton Lake, with the distinctive shape of the Great Sugar Loaf mountain providing a beautiful backdrop. Soak up the stunning scenery or picture yourself the star of a period drama as you stroll through The Italian Garden.
One of the oldest parts of the gardens, and steeped in history, the walled garden is also one of the most charming and restful spots to soak up the richness of nature. From the dramatic sweeps of tulips in spring to the romantic roses of summer, via the wild beauty of the Bee Sanctuary with its sways of lavender, these stunning surroundings are punctuated by beautiful water features and rich with natural life. With the scents and sights on offer, this a true relaxation destination on your tour of the gardens.
Head Gardener Alex spent his childhood running across the lawns at Powerscourt. He has since spent a decade amassing all the qualifications and experience required to be its custodian. Joined by a team of horticultural experts, they tend every aspect of the garden’s upkeep for you to enjoy.
Travel halfway across the world as you step into the Japanese garden, with its authentic plants and picturesque pagoda. Carefully crafted in concentric circles over 100 years ago, the design is both intriguing and exquisite. A garden for all seasons, you’ll discover new scents, colours and textures each time you visit.
A fun-filled voyage of discovery for adults and children alike, you’ll meet over half a century’s worth of much-loved family pets, including some rather unusual ones. Kids will love reading about the inhabitants such as ‘Eugenie’ the Jersey cow who had 17 calves and produced over 100,000 gallons of milk!
Tower Valley features a wide variety of beautiful, distinctive and unusual trees. It is also home to the Pepperpot Tower, modelled on an actual pepper pot from Lord Powerscourt’s dining table. Take in the view from the top of the tower whilst the children’s imaginations run riot amid the canons and atmospheric tower surroundings.
Throughout the gardens you’ll meet gods and mythical creatures, striking statues sourced from across Europe to create this incredible collection. Whether you choose to learn the history of each piece or simply enjoy their stunning looks, they lend an international flavour and drama to the gardens.
Two centuries of tree planting sees Powerscourt immerse visitors in a dizzying array of different species, each selected to add to the landscape. From the impressive avenue of beeches that greet you as you arrive at the estate to our Douglas Fir, which is the tallest tree in Ireland, there’s plenty for all to enjoy.
Sustainability & Biodiversity
The long-term overarching mission at Powerscourt Estate is to be recognised on a global stage for our sustainability initiatives, and to be Net Zero by 2025.
This garden was incredible. We went on a very rainy day and it was difficult to really enjoy the beauty that was there. We quickly walked thru the formal gardens, Japanese garden and tower house. The collection of trees were magnificent but it was raining too hard to read all the labels Would definitely go back if we get a chance.
The walled gardens are the most amazing flowers I have ever seen. I could have looked at them for hours. The rest of the grounds are very beautiful and peaceful when there aren’t large tour groups. The lunch at Avoca is very good, fresh and reasonably priced. You can even have some retail therapy at the stores. Again, the most amazing flowers!!!
I’ve wanted to visit Powerscourt for years and never got there until this trip. It did not disappoint. Just stunning. We had lunch in the cafe which was lovely. Many great lunch offerings. If you can sit outside, do because it’s one of the loveliest views in the country. There are gardens for everyone – formal, meandering, woodsy. There is a lovely Asian inspired garden, gorgeous water features and flowers galore. Plus views of the Wicklow Mountains. What an amazing place to spend time enjoying nature and the talents of the amazing gardeners and horticultural experts who keep this treasure so beautiful.
If I only I could live here! The grounds are stunning and even that word doesn’t seem to do it justice. There is so much to see here and everything you see is gorgeous. You’ll want to be here for a couple of hours so you can see everything at a leisurely pace. Definitely worth it!