What to do and see in Enniskerry, Ireland: The Best Places and Tips

January 14, 2018 Myesha Cogley

Enniskerry (historically Annaskerry, from Irish: Áth na Sceire, meaning "rugged ford") is a village in County Wicklow, Ireland. It had a population of 1,811 at the 2011 census.
Restaurants in Enniskerry

1. Powerscourt Gardens and House

Enniskerry, Ireland +353 1 204 6000
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Powerscourt Gardens and House

Voted No. 3 In the Top 10 Gardens of the World - by National Geographic! One of the world's great Gardens, Powerscourt is situated 20km south of Dublin City Centre in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains.The Garden was begun by Richard Wingfield in the 1740's and stretches out over 47 acres. It is a sublime blend of formal Gardens, sweeping terraces, and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled Gardens and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs. The House was gutted by fire in 1974 but recently has been reborn as an exceptional tourist destination. An audio visual brings to life the rich history of the Estate, while the double height Georgian Ballroom has been restored and hosts wedding and special events.The House is now home to the best in Irish design in gifts, clothes and furniture in the Avoca Stores and Interiors Gallery. Treat yourself to lunch at the Terrace Cafe where you can enjoy exceptional food, from each loaf of Irish bread to Mediterranean tarts or extraordinary salads. Come and explore all that Powerscourt House & Gardens has to offer, there's something for everyone from little explorers to garden enthusiasts!

Reviewed By AlbertSalichs - Manresa, Spain

Powerscourt Gardens and House is a very beautiful castle with a really big park located in the surroundings of Dublin. Here it is possible to visit the main park, the japanese Gardens, the waterfall, the animals cemetery and the other parts of the complex. It is amazing! especially for childs. We came here with my child, who is 2 years old, and she enjoyed a lot walking, running, seeing the park and touching the lake water. Also, in the house there are a lot of services like restaurants or shops.
(See also Powerscourt Waterfalls)

2. Powerscourt Golf Club

Enniskerry, Ireland +353 1 204 6033
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4.5 based on 133 reviews

Powerscourt Golf Club

Powerscourt Golf Club is located in the rolling Wicklow hills, just 25 minutes from Dublin City Centre. The Estate is renowned for its magnificent Gardens and the highest waterfall in Ireland and is home to the Championship East and West golf courses. The West Course was designed by David Mclay Kidd and the East Course by Walker Cup Captain Peter McEvoy. Both courses are currently rated among Ireland's top 20 parkland courses and are a must for the discerning golfer's calendar. The East Course has hosted the 1998 Irish PGA and the 2001 Irish Seniors Open.

Reviewed By KarolaVicky - Dublin, Ireland

There are two courses in Powerscourt. We played West course which is 18 holes. Par 5 were not that long which was nice. Course is well maintained and course is very open so you won't loose many balls. Course was not difficult to play. €55...MoreHi Vicky, Thanks so much for your review of Powerscourt Golf Club. Delighted that you enjoyed the golf and views. I never tire of the views on the course! Best wishes, Aoife O'Driscoll Marketing & Communications Manager Powerscourt Estate

3. Military Road

Enniskerry, Ireland +353 1 605 7700
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

Military Road

Reviewed By Lisa W - Worcestershire, United Kingdom

We spent our last day driving the military road in the Wicklow Mountains and stopping off for photo opps. Signage is sporadic and roads are narrow with not many places to pull in so drive with care. I wouldn't attempt the drive unless a lovely sunny day as you would not be able to appreciate its sheer beauty. Can be windy high up so bring a jacket!
A lovely break and contrast from the humdrum of Dublin.

4. Powerscourt Waterfall

Enniskerry, Ireland +353 1 204 6000
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4 based on 919 reviews

Powerscourt Waterfall

Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland's highest at 121m (398ft). It is set in North County Wicklow just outside Enniskerry Village. The magnificent Waterfall cascades down over the granite rocks from the peatlands above. The crystal clear water flows down to the river below where it continues on its journey out to sea at Bray. The valley itself was carved out by a glacier during the ice age! Today Powerscourt is a haven for some of Ireland's wildlife, flora and fauna. The Sikka deer were first introduced here by Lord Powerscourt in 1858. The Waterfall is best seen just after heavy rain and the sheer volume of water and noise is certainly a sight to behold. The Waterfall is an ideal location for summer picnics and barbecues. There is a vast amount of space to keep children entertained. There is also a playground for younger children. Don't fret if you forget your picnic as there is a kiosk on site that serves everything from coffee and tea to hot-dogs and ice-cream. The kiosk is open everyday from the 1st June to the end of August and year round at weekends, if weather permits. There is ample car parking and toilet facilities at the waterfall. Dogs are welcome but they must be on a leash. Take time to explore the pathways that meander through the flora and fauna, walk along the woodland pathways and listen to the birdsong.

Reviewed By Elaine K

We wanted to visit here for sometime and weren't disappointed. It is a naturally picturesque place, plenty of stunning surroundings, walks, hikes and a coffee shop (note cash only)and a playground for children. There was a manned barrier at the entrance and a drive directly to the car park, plenty of parking available.
In the summer I can imagine it's quite busy as you could bring a picnic.
Definitely worth a visit.

5. ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel

Powerscourt Estate | The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, Enniskerry, Ireland +353 1 274 9710
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel

Escape the world to ESPA. Indulge every sense with our world class spa experience. Relax and rejuvenate, unwind and rebalance with customised packages of personal pampering and expert treatments. With 20 impeccable treatment rooms, including a private Spa Suite, a 20-metre Swarovski Crystal-lit heated pool and a state-of-the-art thermal suite, award-winning ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel has everything to recalibrate body, mind and spirit. Our cutting edge fitness studio offers a large range of advanced cardio-vascular and resistance equipment by Technogym. In tune with the wild natural beauty which surrounds it, the Spa's dramatic spaces feature stone, wood and slate. It's a harmony reflected in the quiet serenity of the Sugar Loaf's pyramid across the valley.

Reviewed By Freida782 - Oshawa, Canada

The amenities that this spa offers are world class. Steam and dry sauna, plunge pool with jets, heated lounge chairs overlooking a beautiful garden/trees and Mountains. Have never seen such a beautiful pool - black tiles, gorgeous.
Bought the midweek special of 105 Euro. Came with a nice light lunch of soup, chicken pita, fruit and dessert. Enjoyed the steam rooms, plunge pool, pool and had a full body massage.
I have had better massages however it was enjoyable.
I had asked if the massage therapist was registered with License number and was told yes, unfortunately found out after that in Ireland the massage therapist do not have a license number so back in Canada our Insurance companies can not reimburse you for the massage. Just the same it was well worth the money.
Spent about 4 - 5 hours just enjoying the premises and the serenity.

6. Killegar Stables Riding School

The Scalp, Enniskerry, Ireland +353 1 286 0919
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Killegar Stables Riding School

Killegar stables is one of Ireland best established riding schools, situated on the Dublin /Wicklow boarder, just above the postcard village of Enniskerry.Offering horse riding lessons, trekking and livery services with a personal touch. We are just 5 minutes from the center of Enniskerry Village, The Powerscourt Estate & Ritz Carlton Hotel.We cater for all age groups and standards. Private tuition available.We take pride in maintaining a warm, friendly atmosphere for all clients.

Reviewed By Dublin122

3 total novice riders spent an hour here on easter Saturday. We were looked after by Claire (we think that's her name !). She was super. So patient and encouraging. We were all slightly nervous. Stayed in the arena area for first half hour and then out on the road for a trot. Everyone super friendly. Great scenic views of the Mountains.

7. Tara's Palace and Museum of Childhood

Powerscourt House, Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Ireland +353 1 274 8090
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Tara's Palace and Museum of Childhood

Visit the enchanting Museum of Childhood & Tara’s Palace, located in the magnificent Powerscourt House, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.Let your imagination take over as you view antique toys, historic childhood bygones and dolls’ houses dating back over 300 years.Be amazed at Tara’s Palace, our centre piece, which is one of the world’s most magnificent Dolls’ Palaces. Let your mind step into this miniature palace created to 1/12th scale by Irish master craftsmen. Kids of all ages, from 5 to 105 love Tara’s Palace.The Museum of Childhood is one of Dublin’s ‘must see’ museums. It is a hidden treasure. Ideal as part of a day trip to the Powerscourt Estate and the beautiful village of Enniskerry itself.So, for a great treat, drop in to see us in Tara’s Palace. We look forward to welcoming you.

Reviewed By ladybrr - West Kilbride, United Kingdom

Situated within Powerscourt Estate and entry fee is 8 euros concession ticket. It houses bears, dolls, dolls' houses and various toys. It is a charity and most of the items have been donated. One of the volunteers shows you around then leaves you to wander around by yourself. The dolls' houses are wonderful with miniature furnishings in amazing detail - tiny pop up books, bottles of wine, painted ceilings and so on. There is so much to see and admire. There are also beautiful examples of Irish lace, baby gowns embellished with pleats and lace, crochet, etc.

8. St. Patrick's Church

5 Church Road, Enniskerry, Ireland +353 1 286 3862
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4 based on 70 reviews

St. Patrick's Church

Reviewed By jillianjh - Jonesboro, Arkansas

Founded in the twelfth century, this church is definitely worth a visit. I believe it is the tallest in Ireland. The Gothic architecture alone is stunning. In contrast to other older cathedrals, the floor is very bright. It has some notable people buried in it, including Jonathan Swift. The grounds surrounding the church are beautiful. They also have an area marked where St. Patrick himself supposedly baptized a large number of people.

9. Dun Laoghaire Golf Club

Ballyman Road, Enniskerry, Ireland +353 1 272 1866
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Dun Laoghaire Golf Club

Dun Laoghaire Golf Club sits dramatically between Mountains and the sea in Ballyman Glen, a uniquely beautiful valley on the borders of Counties Dublin and Wicklow. One of the best courses in Ireland, the 27 hole championship course has been designed to allow different combinations of the three nine hole courses to be played. For the professional and club golfer alike, a thrilling experience awaits with the wonderfully inspiring backdrop of the Wicklow Mountains.The course is complemented by our "State of the Art" Golf Academy, an extensive practice facility allowing golfers to hone their skills before putting them to the test on the course. Wide panoramic views can be enjoyed from the clubhouse which offers an exceptional level of comfort. The dedicated service and friendly club atmosphere, ensure a memorable visit.

Reviewed By Robert B

spent most of the day here played a round of golf at a wonderful golf venue,and then enjoyed the good food and friendliness of the staff and others out to enjoy the day
The club house,the course design are really something and the attention to detail and design would draw me back again

10. Enniskerry Bike Hire

Enniskerry, Ireland +353 87 441 4061
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5 based on 12 reviews

Enniskerry Bike Hire

Enniskerry Bike Hire is Wicklow's newest and friendliest independent mobile bicycle hire company and was started in early 2012 with the intention of bringing eco-friendly tourist transport to this beautiful corner of county Wicklow.Based in the beautiful village of Enniskerry we offer a convenient mobile service delivering bikes to all local hotels, B&B's hostels and also to all local transport links.

Reviewed By Eileen R

After the latest trip adviser award I decided to compliment Enniskerry bike hire on their professionalism and courtesy during our bike rental experience last weekend. We got great advice from Neil who pointed out the different trips we could take. We decided on the coast road. We cycled from Enniskerry to bray and on to grey stones. It was a wonderful trip. We even spent a couple of hours on the beach. The bikes were in great shape. We had an exhilarating and exhausting day. Well worth it and great value for money. Keep up the good work.

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