Powerscourt Waterfall, County Wicklow
Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland's highest at 121m (398ft.) and is 6km (3.6mi) from the Main Estate. It is set in one of Irelands most beautiful parklands at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. As you drive from the gatelodge towards the Waterfall you are surrounded by Beech, Oak, Larch and Pine trees some of which were planted over 200 years ago. Look out for the Giant Redwoods, which are native to Northern California where they may grow up to 80m (262ft) high and live for 4,000 years so they are still youngsters.
The Waterfall is an ideal location for summer picnics and bbqs. There is a vast amount of space to keep children entertained. There is also a playground for younger children. But be mindful of the other inhabitants of the parkland! It is a haven for wildlife and children can have fun trying to spot some of the locals – the Chaffinch, Cuckoo, Raven and the Willow Warbler. Some other inhabitants are the Sika Deer which were introduced to Ireland in 1858 and there may be a red squirrel or two.
Don't fret if you forget your picnic as there is a kiosk on site that serves everything from coffee, tea, hotdogs, sandwiches and of course ice cream. The kiosk is open every day during summer and year round at weekends – weather permitting.
There are ample car parking and toilet facilities. Dogs are welcome but they must be on a leash.
Take time to explore the pathways that meander through the flora and fauna and most of all walk on the grass, hug the trees and listen to the birdsong.
Please note, the safest way to get to Powerscourt Waterfall is by car. We wouldn’t recommend walking.
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