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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

This is the highest waterfall in Ireland and near Powerscourt Gardens. We stopped with a bus tour so had limited time to explore. I would love to go back and take in the beauty and the magnificent trees!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

This is Irelands highest waterfall, and although beautiful, once you've seen it there's not much more to say. The entry is not cheap at around €5 a head, and I was expecting viewing platforms across the river or strategically placed across the rocks to enable optimal viewing. As it is myself and my friends along with all other visitors clambered... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

You really need a nice fine day to make the most of this visit. The entry fee isn't to bad. There is a cafe on site but we only got ice cream, there was a constant stream of people buying food so it must be ok. The green area in front of the waterfall is fantastic for having your picnic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

Scenic view, pick nick area, playground for children, small cafe. Nice place to come and relax. It's unbelievably beautiful in autumn

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

The waterfall and its surroundings are so lovely to see that it is definitely worth paying to get to see. If you are a fan of nature and appreciate its beauty this place is for you. There is a small kiosk there serving a variety of food and beverages, and toilets are available also. There is a nice playground for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

A nice place to spend a couple of hours through the weekend with the family... waterfall is inspiring and beautiful

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