Powerscourt Estate and Gardens
Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains near the village of Enniskerry is perhaps the most beautiful garden in all of County Wicklow, at the Estate of Powerscourt. The breathtaking mountain setting combines with a formal landscape to create a garden experience widely recognized as one of the finest in all of Europe. The design is inspired by Italian and Greek tradition, and incorporates unique antique sculpture, fountains, and ironwork -- all amidst the beauty of the horticultural wonders growing there. You'll see ancient native trees as well as various ornamental varieties, brilliant beds of assorted summer flowers, elegant Japanese gardens, a grove of monkey puzzle trees, and even a pet cemetery.
As an added bonus, the on-site garden center employs wise and friendly experts who can answer any of your gardening questions. Steeped in centuries of history, the gardens were redesigned in Victorian style between 1743 and 1767 by Daniel Robertson. Legend says that he supervised the work as it progressed -- from a wheelbarrow, as he sipped from a bottle of sherry! The gardens are located on the grounds of the stately 18th century Powerscourt Manor House, which was damaged by fire in 1974, and is now partially rebuilt. The house currently contains a cafeteria with a spectacular scenic view, as well as a variety of souvenir and specialty shops.
The Powerscourt Waterfall is the highest in all of the British Isles, at 121m (398 ft). During the Romantic Era, it inspired many an artist and writer with its simple yet powerful beauty. Relax at the popular picnic ground, and let the children enjoy the playground and nature trail. Getting There Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall are situated about 20km south of Dublin, at the foot of the Wicklow mountains. The best way to get there is to take the DART train from Dublin City Centre to Bray, from where you can take a Number 185 bus directly.