Enjoy 121m of cascading water, set in beautiful parkland at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. The Waterfall is a haven for wildlife including the Sika Deer and the native Irish red squirrel. Families can enjoy a picnic and explore the playground and short walking trails.
Powerscourt Waterfall is 6km from the Main Estate and is set in one of Ireland’s most beautiful parklands at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. It is recommended that you drive to the location and there is plenty of parking available there.
Allow some time for your visit to view the magnificent spectacle, have a picnic and stroll around the acres of stunning countryside.
Visitors are welcome to picnic or BBQ at the waterfall. A refreshment kiosk is available during summer months offering coffee, tea, sandwiches and snacks.
There is a scenic walking trail of the parkland surrounding the waterfall which takes about 30 minutes. Visitors can enjoy views of the Waterfall from different vantage points on this trail.
The walk involve some inclines and we would recommend good walking shoes.
Carers travelling with people with disabilities are entitled to free entrance to the Waterfall.
There is parking and toilet facilities available at the waterfall. Visitors are permitted to park at the foot of the waterfall.
Baby changing facilities are available at Powerscourt Waterfall.
Dogs are welcome to visit the waterfall. Please keep them on a leash!
Visitors are welcome to take photos during their visit to Powerscourt Estate, however commercial photography is not permitted in the Gardens. Please note that drone photography is not permitted at Powerscourt Estate, unless by prior arrangement with the Powerscourt Estate Office.
The stunning driveway from the gatelodge towards the Waterfall is surrounded by Beech, Oak, Larch and Pine trees some of which were planted over 200 years ago. Look out for the Giant Redwoods, which are native to Northern California where they may grow up to 80m high and live for 4,000 years so they are still youngsters!
The Waterfall is an ideal location for summer picnics and barbecues. There is a vast amount of space to keep children entertained. There is also a playground for younger children. But be mindful of the other inhabitants of the parkland! It is a haven for wildlife and children can have fun trying to spot some of the locals – the Chaffinch, Cuckoo, Raven and the Willow Warbler. Some other inhabitants are the Sika Deer which were introduced to Ireland in 1858 and there may be a red squirrel or two.
If you fancy some refreshments there is a kiosk on site that serves everything from coffee and tea to hot-dogs and ice-cream. The kiosk is open everyday from the 1st June to the end of August and year round at weekends, if weather permits. There is ample car parking and toilet facilities at the waterfall. Dogs are welcome but they must be on a leash.
Take time to explore the pathways that meander through the flora and fauna, walk along the woodland pathways and listen to the birdsong.
In August 1821, Richard Wingfield (5th Viscount Powerscourt) dammed the river above the waterfall in preparation for a visit from King George IV. His intention was to release a massive torrent of water to impress His Majesty with the power and magnificence of the famed waterfall. However the King, who was rumoured to be as wide as he was tall, spent too long at the banquet table and never went to see it. This turned out to be a stroke of good fortune, as when the water was released, it washed away the specially-built viewing platform on which he was to stand!
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.