The Waterfall at Powerscourt is Ireland’s highest at 121m (398ft) and is set in the Powerscourt Estate at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. This is one of Ireland’s most beautiful parklands set in a steep glaciated ravine. The area is surrounded by Beech, Oak, Larch, Pine and even Giant Redwood trees – some of which were planted over 200 years ago. In August 1821, during the visit of King George IV to the Powerscourt Estate, Richard Wingfield, the 5th Viscount Powerscourt decided to try and impress him by building a dam so that he could release a torrent while he and the King stood on a specially made bridge below the falls. The King was unable to leave the banquet  at Powerscourt House (a couple of drinks too many may have played a part!). When the waters were finally released, the bridge was washed away at such force that the two of them would have probably drowned! Who said drinking was bad for you?

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