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A guide to the historic Powerscourt centre in Dublin

26 May 2017 · 2 min read

Powerscourt is an old Georgian house, once owned by the third Viscount of Powerscourt. It was used as a party and event venue during the Parliament season in the city back at that time. The building is a very classical one with ornaments and chandeliers.

People of all ages stop by at Powerscourt shopping centre and that’s no wonder as it has a perfect location right in the middle of the centre, just off Grafton street, at South William Street. Open each day, there is plenty of time for exploring all shops such as French connection and All Saints, buying some antiquities, Irish crafts and grabbing a bite at one of the restaurants, Farrier& Draper if you like it a little fancy or The Pepper Pot for homemade organic food with seasonal products. How about a good piece of carrot cake?

From wedding gifts to gowns to accessories, Powerscourt centre offers plenty of shops to find your perfect outfit. Let Pzazz arrange your hair and Covet bridal take care of your dress.

Powerscourt’s top floor is available for venue hire. It’s the house’s own little theatre and is suitable for any event, conference or fashion show. The room has a built-in-stage, projectors, wi-fi, sound system and comfortable seating that can all be adapted to the client’s wishes.

There is something really unique about this place and that’s the guided tours that are hosted. They don’t guide you through the shops but the stories of the walls, ceilings and floors and what happened in them in the 18th century are told. Here’s a list of places you’ve probably been to already (if you’re a local) but if you decide on taking the tour, you will see them in a completely different light:

Pygmalion Bar used to be the kitchen and the cellars of the house, the entrance hall used to be the garden (sounds weird?), The Bonsai Shop was Lord Powerscourt’s dressing room & bedroom, Pzazz Hair Salon was Lady Powerscourt’s dressing room & bedroom, The Town Bride shop used to be the music room, The Powerscourt Gallery obviously was the famous ball room and The Lost Society was the dining room. Go and find out yourself.

Car park:

The centre itself does not offer any parking facilities, however, Drury Street (park your bike there all day long), Brown Thomas and Stephen’s Green car parks are very close and offer daily parking rates.

Opening times:
  • Monday to Sunday
  • 10am until 6pm
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