Family Day Out

Powerscourt Gardens is a favourite with adults and children alike.

Families will enjoy the sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes with secret hollows, rambling walks and over 200 variations of trees and shrubs.

Powerscourt Gardens can be described as a ‘Secret Garden’ for children as there are so many hidden treasures and areas of the gardens to explore.

Children will be awed by the unique Pets’ Cemetery where the much loved pets of the Wingfield and Slazenger families now rest. They will delight in the range of animals and there headstones tell a story about each such as ‘Eugenie’ the Jersey cow who had 17 calves and produced over 100,000 gallons of milk!

Explore the Japanese Garden and discover something truly special. Children can play among the secret grottos, and explore the many pathways and bridges that run through this beautiful garden. This  garden gives the visitor a sense of being somewhere tropical with its wonderful collection of Japanese plants and flowers and trees.

Tower Valley will be another area of the garden to capture a child’s imagination with fantastic woodland walks and Pepperpot Tower. They can explore the woodlands on their way to the Pepperpot Tower and re-enact fairytales and soldier stories when there. At its base, the Tower is decorated with canons some of which were used in historic events such as the Spanish Armada and the Battle of the Boyne.

Inside we have the Avoca Terrace Café where they can available some cookies and milk, ice-cream or a hot chocolate as a treat!

Children can also visit the audio visual exhibition in Powerscourt House to listen to tales of raging battles, the tragic fire which brought Powerscourt House to the ground and learn of the exciting work that brought Powerscourt back to life! Learn how the gardens were designed by the famous landscape architect Daniel Robertson.

Powerscourt Estate

*Level 5 Restrictions Update – January 2021* 

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.

Best wishes, ⁠⁠

Powerscourt Management⁠