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Powerscourt Waterfall

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Address: Enniskerry, Ireland
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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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Gorgeous.......but not for €6 each

Went here 3 days after Christmas to take photos and the fresh air in. It was beautiful and real crisp weather, but there is no need for the entrance fee to be so... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Dublin, Ireland

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stunning we were virtually the only people at the park - great paths to walk along amazing colours - but most of all is the waterfall must see

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice place to spend an afternoon, go for a walk or even have a BBQ or a picnic. There is a shop on the grounds which sells teas and coffees and hot snacks - there is only an outdoor seating area. There is also a playground which is great for children.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here 3 days after Christmas to take photos and the fresh air in. It was beautiful and real crisp weather, but there is no need for the entrance fee to be so high. Considering the number of people they get monthly, they could try a seasonal fee. High peak change €6 and may €3 in winter months.

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Foxford, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I guess I was naïve to think that this was a free activity. Charging to see a waterfall...is it very Irish. Paying to drive in, park, walk etc wasn't what we had in mind. It was really nice to see but bitter sweet at the same time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though we had to pay 6 euros per person, the Falls were worth seeing. The gate fee is used for upkeep, and being able to drive all the way to them was worth it! A person wouldn't even have to get out of their cars to enjoy the beauty!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning views and great time there. The only downside was the coffee at the kiosk there... Terrible.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

Visited here in August 16 on way up to Northern Ireland. Not the greatest road signage when you leave the motorway but we found it. Took some lovely photos of the waterfall. It's worth a visit if you're in the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

The waterfall is very easy to find and you can drive right up to the base of it, making it the perfect stop if you have small or fussy children. There's also a small amount of hiking trails in the area, and a fantastic playground for children. The waterfall itself is the tallest in Ireland (121 m) and is certainly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

Was a little hard to find. The road signs were a hit and miss on directions. There were nice hiking trails around the waterfall and a nice play area by the concession stand for the kids to play on

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

This is a beautiful waterfall with easy access from the parking lot. There is a charge but it is to keep the facilities up so I don't understand some other folks complaints.

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