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Powerscourt House (Powerscourt Estate)

  • House & Family History: In August of 1821 George IV visited Powerscourt House. Lord Francis Powerscourt, the fictional Victorian-Edwardian detective created by David Dickinson in the early 21st century, lived at Powerscourt. His character has appeared in 15 novels by Dickinson.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Powerscourt garden, inspired by those at Versailles, Schönbrunn Palace, and Schwetzingen Castle (near Heidelberg), are considered among the finest in Europe (in 2014 "National Geographic" magazine listed Powerscourt as No. 3 of the world's top ten gardens). The garden boasts over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs; highlights include the Italian Garden, the Japanese Garden, the famous pet cemetery, Triton Lake, and the Dolphin Pond. The wrought iron gates (circa 1770) that form the entrance to the gardens were brought here from Bamberg Cathedral in Bavaria. The Powerscourt Waterfall is the highest in the British Isles. At its height in the 19th century, the Powerscourt Estate spanned 50,000 acres.

  • Architect: Richard Castle (Cassels)

    Date: 1731-41
    Designed: Rebuilt house for 1st Viscount Powerscourt

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. II, p. 155, 1855.

    Country Life: C, 1062 plan, 1946.

  • Title: Classical Architecture in Britain: The Heroic Age
    Author: Worsley, Giles
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 168
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)
    ISBN: 0300058969
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Unknown

    Park Listed: Unknown

  • "The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France" [aka "Henry V"] (1944). "Captain Lightfoot" (1955). "Sword of Sherwood Forest" (1960). "Underground" [aka "Resistance"] (1970 - as the hotel). "Barry Lyndon" (1975). "Excalibur" (1981). "Scarlett" (1994 - TV mini series, as the exterior of the Dublin hotel). "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002 - Powserscourt House was the count's home). "Prince William" (2002 - TV). "Ella Enchanted" (2004). "King Arthur" (2004). "Breakfast on Pluto" (2005 - as the waterfall). "The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse" (2005). "The Faeries of Blackheath Woods" (2006). "The Old Curiosity Shop" (2007). "The Tudors" (2007–10 - TV mini series). "Camelot" (2011 - TV mini series). "Mr. Malcolm's List" (2022).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Slazenger family

    Past Seat / Home of: Richard Wingfield, 1st Viscount Powerscourt, 1740-51; Edward Wingfield, 2nd Viscount Powerscourt, 1751-64; Richard Wingfield, 3rd Viscount Powerscourt, 1764-88; Richard Wingfield, 4th Viscount Powerscourt, 1788-1809; Richard Wingfield, 5th Viscount Powerscourt, 1809-23; Richard Wingfield, 6th Viscount Powerscourt. 1823-44; Mervyn Edward Wingfield, 7th Viscount Powerscourt, 1844-1904; Mervyn Richard Wingfield, 8th Viscount Powerscourt, 1904-47; Mervyn Patrick Wingfield, 9th Viscount Powerscourt, 1947-61; Wingfield family here from the 16th century until 1961.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 35312-046-000

    Fax: 35312-863-561

    Email: gardens@powerscourt.ie

    Website: http://www.powerscourt.ie

    Historic Houses Member: No