Powerscourt House and Gardens is an 18th century historical estate in Wicklow, and one of the most well-known and popular in Ireland. The estate incorporates a terrace restaurant overlooking the garden, speciality shops, a garden pavilion, interiors gallery and an exhibition on the history of the estate. The house, originally a 13th century castle, was extensively altered during the 18th century by German architect Richard Cassels, while a fire in 1974 prompted a full renovation in 1996. We pride ourselves in bringing you to the most magical of places and Glendalough, in County Wicklow is such a place. World-wide tourists flock to ‘the valley of the two lakes’ for its outstanding history and scenery. Walk through its Monastic Site with its Round Tower to the scenic lakes and valleys.
Dun Laoghaire is an ideal spot for a relaxing walk. In the past it was a major port of entry from Britain between 1821 to 1920 and was named Kingstown. It takes its name from a fort built on the coast by High King Laoghaire, in the fifth century. No trace of the fort remains. The Harbour is used by thousands of people each day for sight-seeing. It will offer you great views of the city. Here you will get many photo opportunities.
We continue South with Powerscourt Gardens which are a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces and ornamental lakes. Take in some of the 200 varieties of trees and shrubs. Set against the backdrop of the Sugarloaf Mountain, the extensive grounds are over 47 acres in size. Inspiration for the garden design followed visits to gardens at the Palace of Versailles, Schönbrunn Palace near Vienna, and Schwetzingen Castle near Heidelberg.
Powerscourt Waterfall is the highest waterfall in Ireland. Just 5 klms from the Gardens itself. As we drive from the gate lodge towards the waterfall you are surrounded by Beech, Oak, Larch and Pine trees, some of which were planted over 200 years ago. Look out for the Giant Redwoods, native to Northern California and grow up to 80m high. There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy at the waterfall including birds such as the Chaffinch, Cuckoo, and the Willow Warbler.
Tour deep into the history of Ireland at Glendalough, a mythical glaciated valley with serenity calling you. This “valley of two lakes” – reveals the remarkable remains of this early Christian site deep in the Wicklow Mountains. Feel at one with nature. Indulge your imagination in the story of Saint. Kevin who born into a noble family, renounced his riches for a life among the birds and animals and a life in prayer in this seclusion in a cave above the Upper Lake. Over time he attracted followers and the monastic enclave grew.
We tour into the beauty that is Avoca village in County Wicklow and complete our comforting drive along the Wicklow Mountains taking time for a photo opportunity along the bridge made famous by Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler in the film P.S. I Love You. We return to Dublin in sedate style.
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|Monday||9.00 - 18.00 approx|
|Tuesday||9.00 - 18.00 approx|
|Wednesday||9.00 - 18.00 approx|
|Thursday||9.00 - 18.00 approx|
|Friday||9.00 - 18.00 approx|
|Saturday||9.00 - 18.00 approx|
|Sunday||9.00 - 18.00 approx|