Powerscourt Gardens are situated 19Km(12mi) south of Dublin in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. The gardens were begun by Richard Wingfield in the 1740s. Stretching over 45 acres they are a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statuary and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and over 200 variations of trees and shrubs. There is much more to the gardens than is shown on this web site, including a Japanese Garden.
5km from the formal Gardens is Ireland's Highest Waterfall tumbling 135 metres into the Dargle Valley. Powerscourt Waterfall has been a major attraction since the 1760's and has been a favourite family picnic spot for years.
It falls into a hollow cut out by ice over 10,000 years ago. The Waterfall is fed by waters from blanket bog on top of the mountains above the valley. Peat often gives the water a brown colour, and the volume of water coming down changes dramatically a couple of hours after rain.
The Waterfall area is a natural haven for Wildlife: the Chaffinch, Cuckoo, Chiffchaff, Raven and Willow Warbler can be heard, and the nesting holes of the Tree Creeper can be seen in the trunks of the giant Redwood trees near the base of the Waterfall. Ancient Oak trees stand in the valley, as do Beech, Birch and Rowan.
From Dublin: Take N11 (South) for about 19Km Take exit signposted: "Enniskerry, Powerscourt Gardens, Bray South". Turn left at roundabout, pass large stone sheep on left then over flyover. Turn right at roundabout, rejoin N11 heading North for Dublin, stay on ramp. Immediately take next left R117 to Enniskerry (Caution). Follow signs for Powerscourt.
44 from Hawkins Street (Dublin City Centre) to Enniskerry. 185 from Bray Dart (Railway Station) to Enniskerry.
Note: Map is an approximate indication ONLY. Please contact Powerscourt Gardens and House for directions and precise location prior to your visit.