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What would be a trip to Ireland without a visit to a castle or estate or two?  Having loved watching the series Downtown Abbey, we thought it would be fun to go see an estate called Powerscourt.  Powerscourt is located a little less than an hour south of Dublin in Wicklow County.  You may have heard of Wicklow as it was the area where the movie P.S. I Love you was predominately filmed. Other movies have been filmed there as well such as Braveheart, Michael Collins, Evelyn, and the HBO TV series The Tudors.  Some even call this region the Hollywood of Europe.  Powerscourt sits on 47 acres of beautifully manicured gardens.  The building which we see today was greatly altered in the 18th century by a German architect, and sadly in 1974, a fire broke out on the top floor destroying much of the top levels of the home and thus when you visit Powerscourt you will not be able to tour the rooms of the estate.  What you will find a handful of gift stores that include everything from an Irish ge…

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