Embedded in a magnificent natural setting, Powerscourt Garden attracts over 500,000 visitors every year. And rightly so, because the facility is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. We owe this splendour to the 6th and 7th Viscount Powerscourt, who lived here in the 19th century. At times, under the aegis of these two noblemen, up to 100 employees were employed in the gardens alone. New statues were constantly integrated into the garden landscape. From the back of the manor house, a path leads down a magnificent staircase lined with statues to the terraced garden and the artificial pond. Behind it, the cone silhouette of the Sugarloaf towers above the scenery. A perfect sight in every season!
A walk through the garden leads past the rose garden to the Walled Garden. This is also the oldest part of the garden. Next stop is the Dolphin Pond, a fish pond that owes its name to a fountain with a dolphin statue. A multitude of ancient, partly exotic trees surround the pond. The next stop on the way is quite curious: an animal cemetery on a slope. Here the former ladies and gentlemen of the estate buried their pets and erected gravestones in memory of them. The path soon divides into a natural part with azaleas and rhododendrons on the one hand, and a landscaped pond with a magnificent view of the garden and the Powerscourt House on the other. A little to the south is an almost magical Japanese garden with narrow paths, stairs and small bridges. In the center is a pagoda. The path continues through Tower Valley, a wooded valley leading to Pepper Pot Tower. As the name suggests, the tower was modeled after a pepper shaker from the dining room of the 8th Viscount Powerscourt.
Powerscourt House was only reopened in 1997 after it burnt out completely in 1974. Today it houses exhibitions on the history of the estate, a café and various shops. Originally, the magnificent building dates back to 1730.