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
Christmas Opening Hours:
The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, will be closed on Wednesday 25 December, Christmas Day.
The Visitor Centre including the Garden Tearooms will be closed on Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, Friday 27 December but you are still free to walk in the gardens and glasshouses. The Garden Tearooms will close from 12 midday on Monday 23 December.
The car park at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, will be closed on Wednesday 25 December, Christmas Day, but the gardens will remain open to pedestrians. The Acton Café will be open from 9.30am – 2pm on Tuesday 24 December and will close on Wednesday 25 December and Wednesday 1 January 2020.
Summer Opening Hours:
9am to 5pm weekdays
10am to 6pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays
Glasnevin: Monday – Saturday 11.30pm and 3.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm and 2.30pm
Kilmacurragh: 12pm and 3pm daily, April to mid-October
The Botanic Gardens Blog
Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Blog for all news articles and updates.
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...
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...
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...