Geography

Carved by a Glacier

The landscape didn’t always look like this. Had you been standing here 20,000 years ago you would have been very cold indeed, as Ireland was in the frozen grip of an Ice Age! The steep cliff before you over which the waterfall flows was created by a glacier which, as it retreated, carved out the valley in which you now stand.

Uncover the past

The cliff was formed at the contact point between two different types of rock, granite and mica schist. Look at the boulders and rocks at the base of the waterfall and along the banks of the river – can you pick out the two types? The slatey mica schist, with its silvery sheen is easily distinguished from the whiter, speckled crystalline granite.

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