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.

Open Daily

The National Botanic Gardens are open every day in both Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh, and are free to enter and explore.

Tickets for guided tours are available for purchase; click here for information on tours in Glasnevin. Tours in Kilmacurragh are available during the summer season; click here for more.

 

What’s On

Browse the latest below, or see the full calendar at this link.
Download the events brochure for the whole year here!

Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – Jul 15 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Inside, Outside ‘n’ Beyond: Gerard Byrne celebrates 30 years of painting the National Botanic Gardens Having travelled the world as one the of leading exponents of modern impressionist painting, Gerard has returned repeatedly over the[...]
Glasnevin
2:30 pm
A heady tour of the most fragrant summer flowers including a brief history of perfume. Of course, plants do not produce their scent just for our pleasure but to entice pollinators and give chemical warning[...]
Glasnevin
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
Theatre in the Gardens: Meet me in the Gardens From the company that brought you Angels in the Park, Shiva Productions presents a unique and powerful site-specific theatrical experience, which will take you on a[...]
Glasnevin
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6:00 pm
The National Concert Hall Gamelan is a fascinating instrument consisting of a wide variety of gongs, bells, and xylophone-type instruments that produce a magical sound when played. The orchestra is delighted to have been invited[...]
Glasnevin
2:30 pm
A heady tour of the most fragrant summer flowers including a brief history of perfume. Of course, plants do not produce their scent just for our pleasure but to entice pollinators and give chemical warning[...]
Glasnevin
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
11:00 am
Suitable for children age 8 and up. Booking Essential. Free. Explore the weird and wonderful world of insects and mini-beasts living in and around the pond at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with[...]
Glasnevin
2:30 pm
Did you know that bees can see an extra colour, that green is the basis of all life on Earth, or that urine was an essential element of an eighteenth-century dyeing process? Delve into the[...]
National Botanic Gardens
7:00 pm
Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland[...]
Glasnevin

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Events Programme Now Available!

We are delighted to announce that the programme of events until next February is now available to download. Click here to access your digital copy. From exhibitions to themed tours, guided walks to children's workshops, there is something for everyone going on at the...

Science Week 2017

  The National Botanic Gardens have a programme of events for National Science Week. One of Ireland's moored weather buoys will be with us all week. Standing 4m tall and weighing 3.5 tonnes (right) these buoys are vital sentinels to offshore weather conditions...

Totally Terrific Tomato Festival 2017

  For this week the National Botanic Gardens is hosting the largest collection of Tomato cultivars ever assembled in Ireland. The Totally Terrific Tomato Festival takes place at Killruddery House and Gardens each year in September. This year 203 cultivars went on...

A Rare Find: Green-Flowered Helleborine

The National Botanic Gardens are pleased to announce a significant find in Ireland's botanical world. The green flowered helleborine (Epipactis phyllanthes) is a rare Irish orchid confined to little more than a dozen sites on the island. Its rarity and variability...

Sheep-Eating plant blooming at the gardens NOW!

We are delighted to announce the blooming of one of the most handsome plants in our collection. Puya berteroniana (aka. the Sheep-eating plant) has begun flowering in the Curvilinear House and will last through to the first week of June. But it is unfurling fast as...

Visit to the Gardens by HRH The Prince of Wales

On Friday morning we were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to the National Botanic Gardens. As Patron of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the Prince of Wales has a special interest in the work of Botanic Gardens around the...

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin

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The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh

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