Dating back to the 13th century, Powerscourt is a vast country estate noted for its magnificent Palladian style mansion and 47 acres (190.000 sqm) of formal landscaped gardens in the picturesque village of Enniskerry, County Wicklow. Set on a commanding hilltop position, against the backdrop of the Sugarloaf mountains, a sweeping terrace on the mansion’s southside opens onto a breath-taking, ornamental garden and lake. The Gardens offer visitors a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks. Managed by Head Gardener, Alex Slazenger and a team of four gardeners, Powerscourt Gardens were designed from 1731 onwards, with the desire to create a garden which was part of the wider surrounding landscape. Powerscourt Gardens include The Walled Gardens, The Italian Garden, The Dolphin Pond, The Japanese Garden, Pets Cemetery and Pepperpot Tower, among other features and attractions
The Italian Garden truly offers the best of garden landscaping and design. The terraces were designed in the 1840’s by architect Daniel Roberston and took 100 men over 12 years to build. The Pepperpot Tower in Tower Valley offers the best vista of the trees at Powerscourt, which have been planted over the past two centuries with hundreds of varieties to enjoy. The Japanese Garden was created by the 8th Viscount and Viscountess Powerscourt in 1908. This garden is like a view into a different world where you can enjoy the sight and perfume of azaleas, Japanese maples and cherry blossom.
The fountain in the Triton Lake is based on the fountain in Piazza Barberini in Rome. The Winged Horses which watch over the lake form part of the family coat of arms and were made in Berlin in 1869. The Pets Cemetery is one of Irelands largest private pet cemeteries, this is the resting place of many of the family pets. The 7th Viscount bought the Dolphin pond in Paris in the late 19th century. It is surrounded by magnificent trees, including a line of Japanese red cedars which were planted in 1864. Finally, the walled garden is one of the oldest parts of the gardens and features fascinating plants along Ireland’s longest double herbaceous border. The beautiful intricate Bamberg Gate in the garden is 240 years old and came from the Cathedral at Bamberg in Germany.
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow,