We recently ran a competition and asked our social media fans' Is Powerscourt a place to visit more than once, and why?' The prize was annual membership for one family and what we thought was the most intriguing and clear answer was the winner! Below are the entries and the winning entry was:
Sue B: "Powerscourt Gardens is the most magnificent place to visit. You just can't see everything in one visit. As the seasons change the gardens change too. The beautiful thing about the gardens is the familiarity of the gardens, they welcome you each time like an old friend but as your welcomed in, its like you're finding things out about that friend you never knew. Lovely secrets at every turn. It's the one place you can go that you can lose yourself in time. You can visit every garden all at once or just sit back in your amazing surroundings and just watch the world go by. It truly is the closest place to Heaven. It lifts the heart, soothes the soul and energises the body"
Congrats Sue! Here are the other entries:
Sharon K: Absolutely from the acres of springtime flowers to the snows of winter no two days are the same there is always something new to see :0)
Andrea C: I've been visiting powerscourt since I was a child, this magical place has held me captivated each and every time I go. From pretending to be a princess trapped in the tower or a geisha in the Japanese gardens, to first dates walking hand in hand around the lake, and the perfect place to practise photography skills in college right the way to today, when I take anyone who hasn't been before, half because I want to show powerscourt off to visitors, and half because I want an excuse to go again!
Beth H: Always something new to see and do in Powerscourt
Liz L: Everytime we visit the journey up the drive takes our breath away and that's only the beginning.There is something for everyone in such a magical place. It's fun for the family and also a place where my husband and I go when we want some time together in beautiful surroundings.Everytime I visit I get a warm tingling feeling it makes me do happy and I always look forward to our next visit.Thanks for all the memories, santa, communions, family days out..hope there will be many more happy memories in powerscourt.
Mira S: Any time I visit Dublin, powerscourt gardens is MUST. Every time it looks different but every time amazing!!!
Margaret C: because it is simply stunning and makes you happy to be alive!
Katherine OB: Powerscourt is a place to go and escape from everyday life. Its like another world in powerscourt
Fiona F: powerscourt is a year round beauty you have to see the pet graveyard in the damp dark weather the pepper tower in mid autumn surrounded by leaves and lunch should be enjoyed in high summer by the beautiful water and if your ever lucky enough to make it in the snow the entire world changes everything takes on a magical air and glow like something out of a fairytail much can be seen year round in powerscourt and much can be gained from seeing it
Lyn K: A beautiful treat for all seasons!
Petra B: That must be the longest running competition ever. Over a year before we know the winner! But to answer the question: Powerscourt Estate is the most beautiful and peaceful place.
Cathy B: Beautiful peaceful place to walk around
Teresa C: powerscourt is like stepping back in time it is so beautiful as you step out on the terrace and view the italian gardens the grand steps down to them the japanese garden the pet cemetery of course you can enjoy the beautiful restaurant and shops here too you can sit out on the terrace and have your lucn and soak up the views of the the wicklow mountains
Martina B: Amazing and stunning the grounds are fab and inside is so lovely ..
Mark P: Love the gardens totally amazing would love to bring the kids for a chillaxing day
Andrea D: Because it is a timeless beauty!
Sarah C: Without a doubt it's a fantastic place for all ages. We were lucky to get a membership at Christmas last year and have loved it. The landscape changes weekly. There's fab events you can avail of weekly and the staff are amazing and super friendly. Fingers crossed Santa's good to us again this year x x
Elaine H: Most definitely love going different time of the year watching the seasons chamge in the leaves & flowers & savouring the peacefullness as you wander around the estate. Finishing off with a coffee in the avoca cafe.
Aisling ON: :It's an unspoilt beauty of Ireland
Claudine C: Such a beautiful place to visit......I think I lived there in a past life and may have burried my pets at the pet cemetary !!!!! Merry Christmas
Sonja O: What a beautiful prize and one to share with all the family making memories in the great outdoors. Wonderful!
Michelle L: Yes definitely, it's looks different with every season, the different colours of trees in autumn are beautiful
Nat L: We go back as often as we can - why? Because it's a magical place somewhere between Narnia and Wonderland where I feel like a child again only happier.
Celine H: I love Powerscourt it is just magical like Narnia in Wicklow...we have been many times and will continue to do so...we even visited the gardens when the house was in ruins....whenever we visit the locality we bring more visitors with us and recommend it to anyone going to visit the area omg I honestly wrote this before reading anything else....it is magical...a few times we have been the weather was not too good but as soon as we stepped into the garden the sun was shining there....wonderful, beautiful, spectacular.....love it
Mick B: Every day is different..light, flowers.. Weather:) ..so every day is special..
Margaret McG: I would love to visit given the chance we have never been. I looks wonderful at any time of year.
Tanya H: Because the romance of Powerscourt grows stronger with every visit
Angela G: Absolutely love it, on my own, with my husband or with the kids. It is a sanctuary and you can't but be in good form the minute you enter the driveway wander up the drive and make your way through the house & into the gardens . You are transported into another world almost its maintained so beautifully. Living close I visit as much as I possibly can and most especially throughout the Autumn months as the leaves change colour..it's just breathtaking # one of my favourite places in the world
Kelley M: I have been to ireland 4 times and missed seeing Powerscourt each visit, though I've wished to see it. This year I'm making it a priority. Just bought my airfare last night and in July I will be blessed to finally view it's splendors! So excited!
Roisin F: There are so many different ways to spend your time at Powerscourt it's a sin not to return and experience more. There's the beautiful Waterfall set into the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, a perfect spot for a family picnic and fun to be had in the playground. There's the woods full of wonder stretching all the way down from the gatehouse to the falls and the unforgettable formal gardens. The seasons and the changes they bring all make Powerscourt Estate such a special place.
Deirdre D: Four seasons each bringing a different prospect of Powerscourt Estate ,waterfall, forest walks and breathtaking views, Past and present and on into the future.
Gwen O'B: Although we've only been on one trip there, we'd go back again and again. Ireland as a whole seems to only shift in lovelinness in different weather. However foul the onslaught of rain, it fails to ever blur the lush landscape beyond beauty. No matter how glaring the sun strikes the Oceanside, it can't conceal the powerful glory of waves cresting and shattering on jagged shorelines. Having only glimpsed powerscourt estate in the glimmering gleam of a fearlessly sunny day that saturated the gardens with their brightest pigments and watched the estate grounds become gilded with the stretching tendrils of a golden sunset, we can only imagine its utter beauty magnified throughout the seasons and wish only to see it turn each varying face of beauty to the world when we're around to see it.
Joe S: There's a lot of history there (since 1731) and history takes time. So many visits are required to appreciate all it offers.
Jackie D: A gorgeous and special family outing!
Cathleen K: Have to visit again because the first time we visited we didn't have our two boys with us - and we discovered that it is such a wonderous place with so much to see and do - we know they will love it as much as we did - so we are planning a return visit as soon as we can.