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Powerscourt Waterfall

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Address: Enniskerry, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 204 6000
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Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland's highest at 121m (398ft). It is set in...

Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland's highest at 121m (398ft). It is set in North County Wicklow just outside Enniskerry Village.

The magnificent Waterfall cascades down over the granite rocks from the peatlands above. The crystal clear water flows down to the river below where it continues on its journey out to sea at Bray. The valley itself was carved out by a glacier during the ice age!

Today Powerscourt is a haven for some of Ireland's wildlife, flora and fauna. The Sikka deer were first introduced here by Lord Powerscourt in 1858. The Waterfall is best seen just after heavy rain and the sheer volume of water and noise is certainly a sight to behold.

The Waterfall is an ideal location for summer picnics and barbecues. There is a vast amount of space to keep children entertained. There is also a playground for younger children.

Don't fret if you forget your picnic as there is a kiosk on site that serves everything from coffee and tea to hot-dogs and ice-cream. The kiosk is open everyday from the 1st June to the end of August and year round at weekends, if weather permits. There is ample car parking and toilet facilities at the waterfall. Dogs are welcome but they must be on a leash.

Take time to explore the pathways that meander through the flora and fauna, walk along the woodland pathways and listen to the birdsong.

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While the waterfall is the big attraction here, the parkland that the entrance fee €5.50 pp covers is extensive and full of lovely surprises. If you have kids who cannot pass a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While the waterfall is the big attraction here, the parkland that the entrance fee €5.50 pp covers is extensive and full of lovely surprises. If you have kids who cannot pass a playground then blindfold them as you pass this one (at the first car park) with diggers and slides and climbing nets. If you do get stuck there, you... More 

1 Thank Brian D
San Ramon, California
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87 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the second biggest waterfall in Ireland measuring in just shy of 400 feet. It is an easy place to walk and take in the scenery. I was impressed by the friendly staff at the entrance and although we stayed only an hour or so one could make a day of this natural beauty. Take your camera!

1 Thank Robert S
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit on a good day! The waterfall was in full flow after the dreadful rain we have had over the past few weeks and it was spectacular! Lovely walks around the area and a cafe and facilities at the waterfall. Quite expensive we thought though at €5.50 single and €16 per family of four....

Thank bennett-on-the-go
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The waterfall site is at approx. 10-15 minutes by car from the Powerscourt estate and Enniskerry. Be careful on your way, as roads are somewhat narrow at traits. Upon arrival, we paid 5.50 Euro each to a charming lady at the entrance, so it's quite economical. From there, the road to the waterfall is parallel to the woods and we... More 

Thank Irene V
Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great spot for photography! Lots of opportunities for creative shots. Loved that it was accessible during winter even though the amenities were closed.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here while visiting the nearby Powerscourt Estate. Signposting is pretty poor so check on a map (or satnav) but parking on site is pretty decent. There's a small concession selling drinks and hot snacks near the carpark which is good idea to keep you going while trekking down to and back from the waterfall. There seemed to be... More 

Thank Seán L
Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited with a group of friends recently after heavy rain so the waterfall was incredible in its power and flow. Really really beautiful with surrounding forest for walking or biking. Picnic tables scattered around too so bringing a picnic would be ideal. Surprised at being charged at entry €10 but when stated we were students it cost €5 each. Small... More 

Thank Kiara G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time at the Waterfalls in Powerscourt - stunning views in a beautiful location. Kids loved the little Playground next to the "Cafe" , lots of Parking available and reasonable entrance fee. Great day out, will be back in the summer, lots of benches for BBQ and family days out.

Thank chica771
Salt Lake City, Utah
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I guess you learn that even when you think you've researched a place thouroughly you can still be caught out. Sadly upon reading minimal information regarding Powerscourt, with the suggestion by some to - go see the waterfall, you assume it has the opening hours of the estate. Yet it did not. I am pretty sure we arrived in their... More 

Thank utemom
County Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Even in the darker days of December this beautiful natural treasure can fill anyone with wonder. Owing to a lot of rainfall in previous days the water was cascading in torrents. The clean fresh air was very welcome after plenty of indulgence in the festive season. A definite must to see. Sheer beauty

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