Travel to the outskirts of Dublin and enjoy the delightful rural countryside taking you south to the Powerscourt Estate, a haven of peace and quiet. Upon arrival, you’ll drive along the elegant avenue of stately beech trees. In 1974 a traumatic fire destroyed the interior of Powerscourt House and today the building is partially restored. You can take an independent stroll around the small exhibition which traces the evolution of the estate and its owners. The gardens here are probably the finest in Ireland, both for their design and dramatic setting, at the foot of Great Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Though the house was gutted by a fire, the splendid gardens, maintained with meticulous care, can still be enjoyed. You may stroll nearby at your leisure admiring the open views, or venture further into the landscaped gardens. What makes the gardens at Powerscourt so remarkable is their grandeur of scale, combined with great delicacy and refinement of detail. It's a magnificent example of an aristocratic garden planned with taste, knowledge and imagination. You’ll have time to browse in the excellent range of small quality gift shops here. Your return drive will take you through the Dublin suburbs and then back to your ship.
Need to Know:
Note: Walking is at guest’s discretion during the visit to Powerscourt Gardens. There are some steps in the gardens.