Explore the House
Whether you want to pick up unique and high-quality examples of Irish design in the shops or take a restful pause for delicious coffee and cake at the Avoca Terrace Cafe, the house offers everything you could want, set in stunning surroundings that have been the setting of many a film and TV series.
Explore the History
Discover more about the past and present history of Powerscourt including the families and owners over the past 400 years.
1st Viscount of Powerscourt
The Wingfield Family Lineage
Powerscourt House and Gardens
The Slazengers at Powerscourt
From handcrafts to homewares, no trip to Powerscourt is complete without picking up a little treat for yourself or a thoughtful gift for a friend from our designer shops. Discover homemade breads, books, jewellery and more as you browse through the elegant and thoughtfully curated displays in the house. The step outside and discover garden and outdoor living delights, plus exclusive Powerscourt gifts at The Garden Pavillion.
Whether you’re looking for a delicious lunch of local fare or a restorative hot drink served with a mouth-watering slice of freshly baked cake, the Avoca Terrace Café has it all. On fine days there’s nothing nicer than sitting on the terrace, taking in the sweeping gardens and mountains and soaking up arguably the best restaurant café view in Ireland as you enjoy delightful produce; cooked and served with exquisite care.
Over fifty different movies and TV series have been shot at the Powerscourt Estate since Laurence Olivier started the trend by filming Henry V here in 1944. Whether you’re looking for a location for your next picture, or simply want to imagine yourself starring alongside Tom Cruise or Anna Hathaway, learning about our cinematic history is part of the fun.
Powerscourt started life as a 13th century castle over 800 years ago, before being transformed into its current grand Palladian mansion style by the 1st Viscount Powerscourt between 1730 and 1741. During your visit you’ll learn all about the families who’ve called Powerscourt home and the evolution of the estate over the centuries, starting with the introductory video in the house and then continuing with a free audio guide for the gardens, available as a free app.
Powerscourt has become Ireland’s first premier visitor attraction to be certified by Sustainable Travel Ireland. Our vision is for Powerscourt House & Gardens to be known as one of Ireland’s most iconic sustainable visitor attractions, recognised on a global stage as a place of immense beauty and biodiversity. We aim to be a pioneer on sustainability & nature-centred initiatives and experiences.
Give Powerscourt as a gift
Give the gift of the wonder of Nature. Powerscourt Gift Cards can be used in the Gardens, Garden Pavilion or Golf Club.
An absolutely gorgeous garden. National Geographic rates it the third prettiest in the World. Was there for a couple of hours. Cafe was delicious.
Really worth a visit to the gardens, they are beautiful and you can easily spend a few hours here. The cafe sold really lovely food…something for everyone. Shops were lovely too… the house was closed so we will have to come back 🙂