Powerscourt Estate located in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland, is a large country estate which is noted for its house and landscaped gardens, today occupying 19 hectares (47 acres). The house, originally a 13th-century castle, was extensively altered during the 18th century by German architect Richard Cassels, starting in 1731 and finishing in 1741. A fire in 1974 left the house lying as a shell until it was renovated in 1996. Originally the family seat of the Viscounts Powerscourt, the estate has been owned by the Slazenger family, founders and former owners of the Slazenger sporting goods business, since 1961. It is a popular tourist attraction, and includes Powerscourt Golf Club, an Avoca Handweavers restaurant, and an Autograph Collection Hotel. The gardens are magnificent.
“Valley of the Two Lakes” is a fascinating monastic settlement in a spectacular natural setting just an hour south of Dublin. The monastery was founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died about 618 AD. It combines extensive monastic ruins with a stunning natural setting in the Wicklow Mountains. The beauty and tranquillity of the lakes and glacial-carved valley no doubt appealed to St Kevin, a hermit monk, who founded the monastic site near the Lower Lake in the 6th Century. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Despite attacks by Vikings over the years, Glendalough thrived as one of Ireland’s great ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning until the arrival of the Normans.
An atmospheric jail museum experience in Wicklow Town, Wicklow’s Historic Gaol offers visitors a glimpse of life in Ireland’s past. Through an interactive tour led by experienced actor guides, Wicklow’s Historic Gaol tells the story of its prisoners including the participants in the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and those awaiting transportation to a new life in Australia. The harshness of prison life in the 18th century, the story of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, the cruelty of the transportation ships and hope of a new life in Australia can all be experienced in this thought-provoking attraction in Wicklow Town. The original gaol dungeon is open again for the first time in over 100 years and enables visitors to experience first-hand the sights and sounds of harsh life in the dungeon. Wicklow Gaol’s story is interwoven with the history of Wicklow and Ireland itself and is a highlight on any historical itinerary of the town and its surrounds. The town itself has a wonderful harbour used by small merchant ships.
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