Welcome to the National Botanic Gardens

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland are an oasis of calm and beauty, and entry is free. A premier scientific institution, the gardens contain important collections of plant species and cultivars from all over the world. The National Botanic Gardens in Dublin are located in Glasnevin, just three kilometres from Dublin City Centre, and are famous for the exquisitely restored historic glasshouses. The National Botanic Gardens in Wicklow are located in Kilmacurragh, where the milder climate, higher rainfall, and deeper, acidic soils of this historic Wicklow garden, provide a counterpoint to the collections at Glasnevin. The two gardens have been closely associated since 1854.

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland are operated and managed by the Office of Public Works.

Car Parking facilities are available but during busy periods may be limited. In line with our principles of sustainability we encourage visitors, where possible to walk, cycle or use Dublin Bus.

Winter Opening Hours from Sunday 27 October 2019 to March 2020:

9am to 4.30pm weekdays
10am to 4.30pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Summer Opening Hours:

9am to 5pm weekdays
10am to 6pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Tours:

Glasnevin: Monday – Saturday 11.30pm and 3.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm and 2.30pm

Kilmacurragh: 12pm and 3pm daily, April to mid-October

Click here for further details on tours in Glasnevin. Tours in Kilmacurragh are available from April to mid-October; click here for more.

What’s On

Browse events on the Calendar page here

or download the current events brochure here – National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Events

Oct 12 2019 – Dec 31 2020 all-day
12:00 am
Come and visit our ‘Dry Garden’. The Herbarium in Focus Permanent Exhibition in the National Botanic Gardens reveals the science and history behind this national collection of dried plant specimens and museum objects. Read about[...]
Dec 1 @ 11:30 am – Dec 31 @ 4:00 pm
11:30 am
Brighten up your December day with a guided tour of our seasonal plants looking their best at the moment, including Holly and the wide range of conifer trees in the Gardens. Venture indoors to view[...]
11:00 am
Especially for kids this Christmas. Help spread beauty and prevent waste this Christmas by making your own plantable eco-friendly cards with recycled and natural materials. Using biodegradable seed infused paper, these cards will keep giving[...]
Dec 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Explore the traditions surrounding some of our favourite festive plants – from kissing under the mistletoe and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, to the symbolism of the yew at the winter solstice and the[...]
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
11:00 am
Learn basic macrame techniques and bring home your own bohemian style plant hanger. Ever wanted to learn macrame? Then come join us in the beautiful surroundings of the National Botanic Gardens for an afternoon of[...]
Dec 8 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
ConTempo Quartet : Bogdan Sofei – Violin, Ingrid Nicola – Violin, Andreea Banciu – Viola, Adrian Mantu – Cello Multi award winning and virtuoso quartet ConTempo Quartet delight National Botanic Garden visitors with Baroque composer,[...]
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
10:00 am
Fill your bags with locally handcrafted goodies from our Christmas Eco Craft Market. This year the Market will boast over 70 gorgeous stalls brimming with food and sustainable gift ideas. On Sunday 15 December only[...]
Dec 14 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Explore the traditions surrounding some of our favourite festive plants – from kissing under the mistletoe and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, to the symbolism of the yew at the winter solstice and the[...]

The Botanic Gardens Blog

Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Blog for all news articles and updates.

Celebrating a Sustainable Christmas at Glasnevin

Celebrating a Sustainable Christmas at Glasnevin

This year we have more festive events than ever, including a two day Eco Craft Market, concerts, themed tours, and of course visits to Santa Claus. From the beginning of December our festive displays will be up - the giant wreaths and Christmas tree in the Visitor...

Plant News from the 18th World Wildlife Conference

Plant News from the 18th World Wildlife Conference

by Dr Noeleen Smyth, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Elephants, Giraffes, Sharks, Frankincense, Rosewoods and Malawi Cedars…  What do all these have in common? These were some of the plant and animal species discussed at the world wildlife conference also known...

Vacancy – Curator at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

Vacancy – Curator at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED The OPW currently has a vacancy for Curator at the National Botanic Gardens. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin is Ireland’s leading botanical and horticultural institution, which cultivates a comprehensive collection of plants for...