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Enniskerry

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Enniskerry is a small village in the County Wicklow quite near Dublin. It is still a quaint place worth seeing as it still has not been overrun by the ever spreading Dublin urban sprawl.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

Enniskerry is close enough to Dublin to be served by the city buses – and far enough away for the bus route to go through magnificent rugged scenery in the narrow defile of The Scalp.

You can take either the 185 Bus from Bray or the 44/44c from Dublin city centre.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Japanese garden at Powerscourt
  • 1 Powerscourt House and Gardens, Powerscourt Estate, +353 1 204 6000, e-mail: . Daily 09:30-17:30 (in winter: closes at dusk). Powerscourt is one of Europe’s great treasures and Ireland’s most famous House & Gardens. Gracing the Wicklow mountains, 20km from Dublin city centre, Powerscourt is a heritage property with a surprising difference. Adult €9.50, Student/OAP €8, Child (U13) €5.00, Child (U5) Free.
  • 2 Powerscourt Waterfall, +353 1 204 6000. Daily at least 10:30-16:00 (opens earlier and closes later in summer). Four miles south of Enniskerry is Ireland's highest waterfall tumbling 398 feet into the Dargle Valley. The waterfall has been a major attraction since the 1760s and has been a favourite family picnic spot for years. €6 adults.
  • 3 St Patricks Church. The local St Patricks parish church and surrounding grounds which is just a few minutes walk up the hill southward out of the town is worth seeing.
  • 4 Glencree German war cemetery, Glencree (approximately 10 km from Enniskerry village, not easy to get to by public transport). There are 134 graves, mostly air force and navy personnel from World War II, very moving and a beautiful setting. Dr Hermann Görtz, a German spy, is also buried there. The single free-standing stone cross in the rear right hand corner of the cemetery was carved by him during his internment. Glencree Reconciliation Centre is across the road.

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Buy[edit]

There is at least one craft shop in the village, maybe two.

Eat[edit]

There are 2 or 3 restaurants in the village.

  • 2 Johnnie Fox's Pub, Glencullen Rd, Glencullen, Dublin Mountains. Dating from the 18th century, the highest pub in Ireland is also one of the best for seafood. Great atmosphere with traditional live Irish bands and friendly staff. Food is excellent, so is the craic. You can get a good view of Dublin by night on your drive up to the restaurant. Unfortunately, this place is a notorious tourist trap - however it has received something or a revival in recent years with dozens of Irish people travelling to the pub for casual drinks / something to do. Main courses €15-20.

Drink[edit]

  • The Powerscourt Arms Hotel has a lounge and bar and is ideally located in the centre for a drink.

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Glendalough — for the monastic village, round tower and lakes
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