Exclusive Powerscourt and Dublin City
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.
Reviewer: frances mak
our guide and driver went beyond his way to accommodate us, he not only told us the history but also a lot of stories about the places which is very entertaining. We were able to visit a lot of places which was not even on the list. Highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Michael Swift
Our driver met us on the pier in a large, comfortable Van/SUV. We got a private tour, which was a bonus as we were not going through the expansive gardens at the same time as the LARGE tour groups. This gave us an opportunity to enjoy the gardens at our own pace and take lots of pictures without others getting in the shot. Powerscourt provide use of an MP3, included in the admission, which allows you to hear additional information in many garden areas. There is also a waterfall that has a separate fee attached. It was dry due to a drought so we didn't go to see it. Our driver was very knowledgeable, accommodating and talkative but did not have a set plan for the sights of Dublin. After some discussion, he took us to trails along the water with beautiful water views (my husband and I both enjoy hiking). I would suggest you research what exactly you would like to see prior to getting to Dublin, so you can see the sights that mean the most to you..
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!