Powerscourt Waterfall
Powerscourt Waterfall
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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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  • Alan B
    104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful waterfall
    Stopped off here on route to Wexford from Dublin. 7 Euros entry and a big free car park. Walked a few hundred yards from the car and there it was. Well kept paths led to different parts of the waterfall which was beautiful. You could get as close as you you wished. Next to the car park was a well stocked cafe where we got lunch. Toilets were clean and there were plenty of outdoor benches to have a bite to eat or justa coffee.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • FK Beechmount
    78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not Welcoming
    Haven't been here for years as there was no charge on the last occasion we were there. We have no objection to paying to a top class facility. However the gentlemen at the gate was far from welcoming and was so full of his own importance, you could have mixed him up with robot. He was far from welcoming and would nearly encourage you to turn for home as there was no engagement other that his officialdom and authority. As always the Waterfall was amazing, When we went for a coffee, service was fine but with wasps and flies plentiful, there was little comfort and we left early.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Sketch27
    33 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area but experience RUINED with all the BBQ's etc.
    Waterfall is beautiful and the walks, etc. equally as beautiful. Shame to have the experience ruined by an invasion of people drinking and BBQ-ing all around the area you have to walk through to get to the actual waterfall. Unbelievable, this is allowed in such a scenic area. Wouldn't bother going back if this is the norm and wouldn't recommend it to anyone either. There are plenty of places to BBQ and drink without ruining a lovely area like this. Management, get a grip. They're destroying it. Avondale Forest Tree Top Walk is amazing if anyone is interested.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 May 2024
  • Sharon M
    Windham, New Hampshire652 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a Nice Waterfall - Enjoyable for Us!
    There seem to be a lot of mixed reviews here, but we enjoyed it. We were not there to see any of the BBQ's that people are writing about, however, we did see the firepits for them. The falls are pretty and it really isn't an activity that takes a lot of time. Perhaps people are paying a fee and wanting to hang around for awhile to get their money's worth - We must have been there on a good day, timing may be everything! We stayed at the hotel so it worked for us!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 June 2024
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Adil S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Visited this evening,with 2 families.i have 3 kids all less than 5 yrs of age and friends had 3 kids as well.very bad experience,couldn’t stay more than 30mins due to these small flies/insects.we were bitten very badly.Management should have informed us before entering.We never faced thsi kind of situation before.Anyway i would be carefull next time and wouldn’t go after 4pm.My arms and legs,and my kids faces and neck ,all visible body parts were badly bitten,looks like allergic rash or something.
Written 15 June 2024
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Sharon M
Windham, NH652 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
There seem to be a lot of mixed reviews here, but we enjoyed it. We were not there to see any of the BBQ's that people are writing about, however, we did see the firepits for them. The falls are pretty and it really isn't an activity that takes a lot of time. Perhaps people are paying a fee and wanting to hang around for awhile to get their money's worth - We must have been there on a good day, timing may be everything! We stayed at the hotel so it worked for us!
Written 10 June 2024
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Mary M
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Powerscourt waterfall has always been our favourite place to visit. What stunning scenery and we never minded paying the fee in as it was worth every penny.Our son proposed at the foot of the waterfall ,to his now wife, 5 years ago.We decided to take a trip there last Sunday ,as the anniversary of when they got engaged was coming up and they have now a one year old boy which they thought would be a beautiful place to bring him.However, what a shock we got when we arrived. We knew it would be somewhat busy but it literally was like a music festival. The mass of people bbq drinking was just beyond belief.We nanaged to get a spot and quickly eat our picnic.Beside us there was a couple of men smoking out of a big pipe god only knows what it was.We decided to walk further away to see if we could get a quieter spot for my grandson to play with his ball. We found a spot near a bridge and right beside the stream that comes from the waterfall. We were there about 30 mins when a man dressed in what looked like a religious gown went by me and down to the stream about 10feet away from us and pulled down his trousers and sat down in the stream to go to the toilet. We were horrified as not only was our grandson with us other children at the bridge were bathing in the water.We challenged the man when he finished and he just said sorry and walked away. We couldn't get out of the place quick enough after that.Also down near the bridge there is alot of vegetation and signs saying no bbq ,but smoke was rising out of the tress clearly people not caring if the place catches fire.We will not be returning anytime soon for sure.
Written 4 June 2024
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Pat G
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Would recommend to go early a lot of barbeques which spoil the natural beauty worth the entrance fee no
Maybe go off-peak
Written 3 June 2024
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Sketch27
33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Waterfall is beautiful and the walks, etc. equally as beautiful. Shame to have the experience ruined by an invasion of people drinking and BBQ-ing all around the area you have to walk through to get to the actual waterfall. Unbelievable, this is allowed in such a scenic area. Wouldn't bother going back if this is the norm and wouldn't recommend it to anyone either. There are plenty of places to BBQ and drink without ruining a lovely area like this. Management, get a grip. They're destroying it.
Avondale Forest Tree Top Walk is amazing if anyone is interested.
Written 6 May 2024
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shane h
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A fabulous place with stunning waterfalls woods paths and lovely playground.... that's where it ends it is destroyed with smoke and toxic smell of barbecues and gangs loitering drinking smoking etc not a nice atmosphere to bring kids....won't be back what a shame
Written 6 May 2024
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globetrotter_gnl
Ireland38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is an absolutely stunning area with breathtaking scenery. We just visited today with the first nice weather of the year and it was really off putting. The toxic fumes of portable BBQs with so much smoke was unbearable and I can’t understand how it’s allowed at the foot of the waterfall itself. There was multiple large groups drinking, smoking and blaring loud (terrible) music who were totally inconsiderate of others around them. I’m all for a party and fun, but don’t feel it has to put out others enjoying their day out. My kids are young we had to move from the waterfall area down to the river to escape the chaos. Pleading something will be done to move these parties/BBQs to a designated area away from the beautiful waterfall. Such a shame and would never see this in any other country.
Written 21 April 2024
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A O
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Views amazing great open spaces and picnic benches. Would definitely suit families. Close to Powerscourt House and gardens and the village of Enniskerry.
Written 11 February 2024
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ANO
Dublin, Ireland18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We visit here today and really what are we paying for……… a visit to an open tree lined park like area with a waterfall .
We walked up to the waterfall which took about 5 minutes and what the hype is about I have no idea, in my opinion it is just water running fast from heavy rainfall off the top of a mountain. I have visited Glencar Waterfall in Leitrim which was amazing, but this is just a tourist rip off !!!
Also around the base of the Waterfall is extremely dangerous, very uneven ground, exposed roots from trees and sharp rocks, THIS AREA SHOULD BE FENCED OFF !!!!

There is a Waterfall at Glendalough which you can walk to from the top car park and the full amenities which are amazing at this area , cost €4.00
Written 30 October 2023
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FK Beechmount
Galway78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Haven't been here for years as there was no charge on the last occasion we were there. We have no objection to paying to a top class facility. However the gentlemen at the gate was far from welcoming and was so full of his own importance, you could have mixed him up with robot. He was far from welcoming and would nearly encourage you to turn for home as there was no engagement other that his officialdom and authority.
As always the Waterfall was amazing, When we went for a coffee, service was fine but with wasps and flies plentiful, there was little comfort and we left early.
Written 24 September 2023
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