Tour may be operated in the AM or PM or Both (Both AM and PM will avoid congestion)
» 0900-1000 Drive through Dublin to Powerscourt
» 1000-1145 Visit Powerscourt Estate (house exhibition and gardens)
» 1145-1245 Drive back to the ship
The tour begins with a drive through South county Dublin view Dublin suburbia as you travel towards County Wicklow. Powerscourt Estate is situated just outside Dublin with the backdrop of the Sugarloaf Mountain. Powerscourt is owned by the Slazenger family and has been welcoming visitors for more than 50 years.
Powerscourt is a magnificent example of an aristocratic garden laid out with taste and imagination with a backdrop of Richard Castle’s Palladian mansion, which was destroyed by fire in 1974. The gardens were laid out by Daniel Robertson, who was inspired by the Villa Butera in Sicily. The most striking features are the circular pond and the fountain flanked by winged Pegasi, elaborate ironwork, Italian statuary and the double staircase with the Aeolus fountain and Italianate patterned ramps.
In recent years Powerscourt has re-roofed the house and you will have the opportunity of visiting the exhibition of the house – tracing the origin of the house to the tragic fire that destroyed it in the early 1970’s to its ongoing re-construction of the house. There is a nice craft and gift shop in the grounds of the House. Return to the ship by the most direct route.
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