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Exploring Ireland Solo – Powerscourt Estate

I left Kilkenny in the morning and had decided to head to Powerscourt Estate on the way to my last B&B in Glendalough. According to Google maps, this journey was supposed to take about 2 hours. However, there was a bad accident on the M11 and they closed the entire freeway down. Since everyone had to get off at the same exit, the road was backed up for miles and miles.  I’ll talk about this in my summary post but I was operating without any GPS because I didn’t pay for international cell service… So, I had to pull over and look at the paper map I had and figure out a way to get where I was going without taking the freeway.

Stressful day for sure but when I finally made it to Powerscourt, it was worth it. I mean, look at these photos! If you love grand houses and amazing gardens, you are going to LOVE this place. The gardens were recently voted No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic. So, you know it’s good 😉

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

The gardens spread out over 47 acres so you could really spend a whole day wandering around and taking time in them all. I think I was here for about 3 hours and I saw a good amount of the gardens. One thing to note, the house is just a big gift shop/cafe and there is nothing to really tour there. I was surprised by this fact but I think the gardens are really the main attraction anyway!

When you walk out the back, you’ll head down a grand staircase which takes you to the gardens. I made my way down the steps to pond first. I lucked out with another gorgeous day which was much needed after being stuck in the car for so long!

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

I headed over to the Japanese gardens next which were just incredible. The trees were flowering and everything was so green. I’m a big fan of Japanese maple trees which were

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

I did not know what these were at first because this bush was GIANT! The biggest azaleas I’ve ever seen!

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

I headed down the path on the backside of the pond and was rewarded with this view.

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

Turn around and you get this view…

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

Then I kept walking and horses were just there frolicking? Is this real life?!

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

When you are closer to the house, you move into the walled and manicured gardens complete with these amazing ornate gates.

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

Including a wall of roses. I mean, come on!

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

Tell me more, tell me more!

Opening times: Daily: 9.30am – 5.30pm (Last entry 5pm)

Location: Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. (about an hour south of Dublin)

Cost: €10.00 for adults

More info: If you want more info, head to the Powerscourt Estate website here.


I hope you enjoyed Powerscourt and go see it next time you find yourself in Ireland!

Exploring the Powerscourt Estate - Due Midwest

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  • Reply Penelopi

    LOVE Ireland!!!! I just visited it 4 months ago and I felt in love!! I was in Limerick city and Dublin. 🙂

    March 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm
    • Reply duemidwest

      I loved it too! I didn’t make it to Limerick, I’ll have to add that to my list for next time!

      March 27, 2017 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Susanna

    Beautiful photos! Ireland is the perfect place to travel solo, in my opinion. Everyone is helpful and friendly and it’s a great place to discover yourself. It’s always empowering to hear stories like this. Happy travels!

    March 25, 2017 at 5:32 pm
    • Reply duemidwest

      Thanks so much! You’re right, I thought the solo travel was pretty easy. Everyone was very nice and I was proud of finding my way everywhere with no phone! I need to go back again and try harder to meet locals though. My introverted self has to really try hard in that regard! 🙂

      March 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Julia Dent

    That countryside is gorgeous! 🙂 You’re convincing me to visit Ireland again!!

    March 25, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    • Reply duemidwest

      You should! I feel like I could spend weeks there and not see everything I want to. I will definitely slow down next time and spend several days (instead of 1) in each area.

      March 27, 2017 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Alex | Life Well Wandered

    Oh my goodness! Those gardens look absolutely lovely! I really love the pictures of flowers you took as well. I have a similar feeling with visiting Versailles–the house was too overly toursity but I could spend ages wandering around the gardens!

    March 25, 2017 at 6:41 pm
    • Reply duemidwest

      Thanks, I took SO many flower photos! I really had to narrow it down… haha! I totally agree about Versailles too! The gardens are probably the best part. Not to say the interior is anything to shake a stick at 😉

      March 27, 2017 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Therie

    My goodness I could get lost in those gardens for hours! I’m in love!

    April 7, 2017 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Due Midwest - How to Spend Six Days in Ireland

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