The tour begins with a drive through south county Dublin as you travel towards County Wicklow. Powerscourt Estate is situated just an hour's drive outside Dublin with the scenic backdrop of the Sugarloaf Mountain. Powerscourt Estate has been welcoming visitors for more than 50 years and offers a magnificent example of an aristocratic garden. The gardens were laid out by Daniel Robertson, who was inspired by the Villa Butera in Sicily. The most striking features are the circular pond and the fountain flanked by winged Pegasi, elaborate ironwork, Italian statuary and the double staircase with the Aeolus fountain and Italianate patterned ramps.
From the gardens, you'll be able to see the lovely Richard Castle's Palladian mansion, which was destroyed by fire in 1974. In recent years Powerscourt has re-roofed the house, and you will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition tracing the origin of the house through the tragic fire to its ongoing re-construction. You will also have time to visit a craft and gift shop in the grounds. You will spend about 2 hours enjoying the pleasant atmosphere at Powerscourt.
Next you'll travel to the city of Dublin for a one hour city orientation drive, where you'll get to see Dublin's highlights. Originally founded as a Viking settlement during the 9th century, Dublin has grown over time to become the capital of the Republic of Ireland. Dublin offers a fascinating blend of old and new, with a significant amount of modern development over the past decade blended with landmarks that are hundreds of years old. After your driving tour of Dublin you will have approximately 2 hours free time for lunch on your own, personal exploration, and shopping.
My guide was excellent and accommodating. He went out of his way to make sure we had the full Dublin experience. It was a history and literature lesson all wrapped up in one city.
Reviewer: Jeff Webster
Our tour guide Tom was extremely knowledgeable and personable. He did a great job of pointing out sites of interest along the way to Powerscourt and gave us a very thorough tour of Dublin. The van for our tour was extremely nice and very comfortable. We were surprised that we were his only customers. This tour is a great value for the price
Reviewer: A. Carter
The tour operator was well organized and helped us as soon as we got off the ship. Our guide, Dave, was prompt, incredible funny, and really personalized the experience just for us. He told us about the history, quaint stories and was willing to be flexible with our tour. Powerscourt was incredible and beautiful. I highly recommend this tour. I cannot emphasize enough that our guide, Dave, made this special and Dublin is memorable because of him. This is a highly reputable tour operation. The vehicle was immaculate and the driver really looks out for you!
Reviewer: Evelyn Dubblestyne
This was a lovely excursion...got to see some of the countryside and also the city. We had a great tour guide who was very informative and very accommodating. His name is James O Dea...highly recommend him. My husband and I would definitely use Shore Excursions again sometime. Thank you