County Wicklow’s Powerscourt Gardens

The lovely Powerscourt Gardens are part of Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow, Ireland. The estate itself has been voted in the Top 10 Houses in the World by Lonely Planet, and the gardens have been voted the third best Garden in the World by National Geographic. One visit to this popular destination and you’ll understand why garden enthusiasts fall in love with Powerscourt.

Touring the Italian Garden

The Italian Garden is one of the main gardens in Powerscourt. It looks out on a splendid view of Sugar Loaf Mountain. The Italian Garden is an exquisite collection of stone terraces that connect Triton Lake to the house. These terraces were designed in the 1840s by architect Daniel Robertson. According to popular legend, Robertson suffered terribly from gout, and would direct the laborers while reclining in a wheelbarrow.

Touring the Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden was the favorite retreat of Lord Londonderry. Springtime is best for visiting the Japanese Garden, when the azaleas are in bloom. But visitors in the fall are treated to the foliage of the Japanese maples. This garden has many traditional Japanese elements, including a pagoda and a stream that runs beneath beautiful Japanese-style bridges. The grotto is a particularly romantic place, with secret pathways and moss-covered walls.

Planning Your Visit to Powerscourt Gardens

The gardens are open year-round. They open daily from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, with an earlier closure at dusk during the winter. An accessible route is available through the gardens for disabled visitors. If you fall in love with Powerscourt Gardens and you live locally, consider purchasing a membership for unlimited access. Visitors to the area may best enjoy their trip by joining the Glendalough and Powerscourt tour, which begins with a ride along the rugged coastline and concludes at the gardens.

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