Winter wonderland in Wicklow / Paradis blanc en Wicklow


This morning I could have done the weekly shopping after the school run. I could then have gone home to warm up with a cup of tea and ignored this stunning day of winter in Wicklow. I could have sat down at the laptop for a few hours’ work.

But I would have missed that –
The frosty Powerscourt Gardens in the glorious winter sunshine, with in the background the Great Sugar Loaf as I have never seen it before – covered in snow. 

A subdued Mermaid, still recovering from a tummy bug, was my partner in crime. Never mind that she often had to sit when she would normally be running wild. Never mind that our hands got stiff with cold. Never mind that the car nearly got stuck up an icy upland road. 

With sunshine on our faces and crunchy frost under our feet, it felt great to be outside.


Ce matin, j’aurais pu faire les courses de la semaine après avoir déposé les graines de chêne à l’école. J’aurais pu rentrer me réchauffer avec une tasse de thé. J’aurais pu m’asseoir à l’ordinateur pour quelques heures de travail.

Mais j’aurais raté ce spectacle :
Les jardins glacés de Powerscourt sous le glorieux soleil d’hiver, avec en arrière-plan le Great Sugar Loaf comme je ne l’avais jamais vu – sous la neige.

Sirène, à peine remise de sa gastro du weekend, m’accompagnait. Peu importe qu’elle ait dû s’asseoir plusieurs fois alors qu’elle a plutôt l’habitude de courir partout. Peu importe que nos mains se soient engourdies de froid. Peu importe que la voiture se soit presque coincée sur une route de montagne verglacée.

Avec du soleil sur nos visages et du givre craquant sous nos pieds, il faisait bon être dehors.

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Visitor information

Powerscourt logoPowerscourt Gardens
Co Wicklow
Tel.  + 353 01 204 6000
Facebook @powerscourtestate

Open every day 9.30am–5.30pm; the gardens close at dusk in winter. Closed on 25–26th December.
Ticket prices: Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) €25; Adult €9.50; Child (5 to 13 years old) €5; Student/OAP €8.
Annual membership: Family €165; Adult €95.

Powerscourt Estate is part of the new Ireland’s Ancient East tourist route. The gardens were voted third best in the world by National Geographic.

Getting there

If travelling southbound on the N11 (Wexford), take exit 7 to Bray and Greystones (north). At the first roundabout, take the first exit, signposted for Dublin and Powerscourt. Cross the bridge over the N11. At the second roundabout, take the third exit to Dublin. Stay on the slip road for exit 6a to Enniskerry.
If travelling northbound on the N11 (Dublin), take exit 6a to Enniskerry.

Follow the R117 until Enniskerry. On the village’s main square, keep left on the R760 towards Powerscourt. Continue out of the village on that steep, narrow road, all the way to the main entrance gate to the Powerscourt Estate on the right. Once inside the gate, follow the avenue to the car park. Entrance to the gardens is through the ticket office, inside Powerscourt House.

Infos pratiques

Powerscourt Gardens
Co Wicklow
Tel. + 353 01 204 6000
Facebook @powerscourtestate

Ouverts tous les jours 9h30-17h30; fermeture à la tombée de la nuit en hiver. Fermés les 25 et 26 décembre.
Tarifs d’entrée : Famille (2 adultes et jusqu’à 3 enfants) 25 € ; Adulte 9,50 € ; Enfant (5 à 13 ans) 5 € ; Etudiant/3e âge 8 €.
Carte de membre annuelle : Famille 165 € ; Adulte 95 €.

11260841_1090229447661473_5704204953251683126_nPowerscourt est un des sites du nouveau circuit des Terres ancestrales d’Irlande (Ireland’s Ancient East). Les jardins ont été élus le troisième du monde par le magazine National Geographic.

S’y rendre

Circulant sur la N11 en direction du sud (Wexford), prenez la sortie 7 pour Bray et Greystones (north). Au premier rond-point, empruntez la première sortie, signalée pour Dublin et Powerscourt. Traversez le pont au-dessus de la N11. Au second rond-point, prenez la troisième sortie, en direction de Dublin. Restez sur la bretelle et poursuivez par la sortie 6a pour Enniskerry.
Circulant sur la N11 en direction du nord (Dublin), prenez la sortie 6a pour Enniskerry.

Suivez la R117 jusqu’à Enniskerry. Sur la place principale du village, prenez à gauche sur la R760 en direction de Powerscourt. Continuez sur cette route raide et étroite, jusqu’au grand portail d’entrée de Powerscourt sur la droite. Une fois passé le portail, suivez l’avenue jusqu’au parking. L’entrée se fait par la billetterie, à l’intérieur de Powerscourt House.

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary annual family membership to the Powerscourt Estate. All opinions are honest and my own.

Divulgation : J’ai reçu une carte d’adhésion annuelle gratuite du domaine de Powerscourt. Toutes les opinions sont personnelles et honnêtes.



19 Responses to “Winter wonderland in Wicklow / Paradis blanc en Wicklow

  • I hope mermaid is better now. What a beautiful place you live in you always seems to visit such amazing locations and as usual your photos do the spectacular scenery complete justice. Simply stunning. Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Catie. After the mild headache of switching hosts over the weekend (and losing several comments in the process), your comment makes my day.
      Mermaid does feel better, she even went back to school today.
      Thank you for hosting #PointShoot

  • I used to drive down every time it snowed to see the gardens! Once I brought my boyfriend (now husband) and we had the place pretty much to ourselves. It was great, never mind that I drove into a wall on the way home!!!

    • I only brought my daughter and we had the place to ourselves too, it was that early on an icy Monday morning. And I nearly got the car stuck in the snow on the road up to Djouce Woods!

  • Beautiful photos. I tried to go up the Slieve Blooms but my 7 seater wasn’t able for the icy roads.

  • Wow what stunning photos

  • Absolutely stunning photos. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out either. Sarah #ExplorerKids

  • Wow, that’s gorgeous!

  • Love your pictures and the winter atmosphere, these gardens look magical! I am really looking forward to visit Ireland with my little explorer one day 🙂
    Laura #explorerkids

  • Stunning photos, I really love the first one. The perfect winter scene

    Thank you for linking up

  • That first one looks like the Cornish Rough Tor up on the moor here, though I’ve not seen snow on it for years! a beautiful set of winter photos. #MySundayPhoto

  • My words! What a stunning view you have there! Absolutely breathtaking. Your writing is also brilliantly put by the way . Very eloquent. It’s beautiful. Thank you so much for linking up with us on #ExplorerKids

  • Gorgeous photos. I haven’t seen Sugar Loaf for over six months and how pretty does it look there. We managed to finally visit Powerscourt Waterfalls this year but didn’t make it to the gardens. They look so beautiful. Maybe we should try get to them when we’re back in Ireland next Easter! #mysundayphoto

  • What beautiful pictures. We live in the southern part of the States and very rarely get snow. I’ve told my (teens) that were going to head north this year and try a short snow hike to say we did it. Keep up the beautiful pictures! #adventurecalling

  • Lovely set of photos and sounds a great way for your little one to recover from a bug #adventurecalling

  • It’s wonderful that you immersed yourself in the beauty of Ireland. I’ve been hibernating and turning to craft this season. #FamilyFunLinky

  • Oh my goodness I so don’t blame you, what an absolutely stunning place to spend your morning. Your photos are beautiful and they really show the beauty of this wonderful place. Thank you so much for joining us and I hope you have a lovely Christmas #familyfun

  • Oh, these gardens look gorgeous. Doesn’t the snow completely transform a landscape? Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling and a happy New Year.

  • Just beautiful! Your photos are fab and I love that Mermaid got to experience it despite being poorly.

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