The Powerscourt Estate is one of the most beautiful country estates in Ireland. It is a must see either on a private tour or shore excursion from Dublin.
Situated in the mountains of Wicklow on 1000 acres, it was originally an important strategic site for the Anglo-Normans who came to Ireland in the 12th century. By the year 1300 a castle had been built here and was in the possession of the le Poer (Power) family from which it takes its name. The succeeding centuries saw the castle held for different periods by powerful families such as the O’Tooles and the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare.
Powerscourt Gardens, which cover 47 acres, were laid out in two main periods. When the house was rebuilt in the decade after 1731, the surrounding grounds were laid out in a series of formal rides and parkland. The gardens are spectacular, and this private tour from Dublin will allow you a fantastic opportunity to relax and unwind in the beautiful surroundings of County Wicklow. read more about Powerscourt gardens
Dalkey (Irish: Deilginis, meaning “thorn island”) is a picturesque seaside resort just south of Dublin City, Ireland. It was founded as a Viking settlement and became an important port during the Middle Ages. In modern times, Dalkey has become a thriving seaside suburb and a minor tourist attraction. It has been home to many writers and celebrities including Maeve Binchy, Hugh Leonard, Bono U2 and Van Morrison. read more about Dalkey village
Private shore excursion, half day tour to Powerscourt house and garden from Dublin (lasts 4 – 5 hours) This private tour has a morning and afternoon option. Enjoy spectacular gardens, tasty food and a little retail therapy at the Avoca Handweavers outlet. The Powerscourt tour has it all.
On a full day tour of Dublin city, the following sights will be covered however, if you intend to enter any of these attractions* guests need to book and pay for entrance in advance, in order to make the most of your available time and to avoid disappointment and long waits.
Suggested City driving route will include the following highlights –
The General Post Office (GPO)
Trinity College Book of Kells*
St Patrick’s Cathedral*
Christ Church Cathedral*
The Phoenix Park
Please note – Many Irish state-run visitor attractions provide their own guides and therefore do not permit external guides to conduct tours. The Guinness Storehouse visit is a self-guided visit.