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My plan for Dublin was to see Cliffs of Moher (check), drink Jameson (check) and spend a day at Powerscourt House & Gardens.

Once again I decided to take a bus tour down to Wicklow County where the estate is located. With about 47 acres to cover I knew I would have a relaxing afternoon walking the gardens and exploring the house.

The house is actually restored from a devastating fire that occurred in 1976. You can read more about the history here. The ballroom was not open to the public the day I visited. There was a lovely gift shop and a large furniture showroom on the second floor.

To make the most of the weather I immediately entered through the visitor center to gain access to the gardens. Walking out from the building on to the ‘gardens’ I was not disappointed.

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In the snap above the house is to my back and Sugarloaf Mountain in the distance (adore the name). Below you can see a stunning view of the house.

There are many areas to see! I spent my time strolling around the ‘Walled Garden’, ‘Pets’ Cemetery’, ‘Japanese Garden’, and close to the house admiring all the gates.

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Nothing like a Japanese Garden in Ireland, how suiting!

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Pets’ Cemetery

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All in all I was very pleased with the day trip. Before the bus pulled out of the drive I hit the gift shop and what do you know, I found the perfect wool throw. Not only do I look forward to cooler temperatures to break it in, but having the memory of visiting Powerscourt House & Gardens on my first trip to Ireland!

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