One of the new audio guides at the Powerscourt Estate. Photograph: ©Fran Veale
Alex Slazenger, Sarah Slazenger, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross and Anthony Wingfield (11th Lord Powerscourt). Photograph: ©Jason Clarke
Still taken from the audiovisual film

Tourists using the new audio guide. Photograph: ©Jason Clarke



Martello’s interpretive feasibility study in 2015 helped obtain a €60,000 grant from Failte Ireland. Martello wrote and produce a nine-minute audiovisual overview of the estate and its history This is shown inside the house.

Martello also wrote, produced a themed a multilingual audio-guided tour of thirty locations around the estate, in six languages. Visitors can wander at will. The handsets automatically synchronise with the audiovisual inside the house. Visitors can just point and click at items of interest in the gardens.

Three members of the extended Wingfield/Slazenger family provide a compelling personal ‘inside track’ as the presenters of both the audiovisual and the audio-guides. The guides also offer a selection of interactive quests and treasure hunts for families with children.


The new interpretation at Powerscourt beat both Kew Gardens, and Hampton Court to win the UK Association for Heritage Interpretation ‘2017 Landscape Discovery Award’.