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, Glasnevin, reveals the science and history behind this national collection of dried plant specimens and museum objects. Read[...]
Feb 1 @ 11:30 am – Feb 29 @ 4:00 pm
11:30 am
February is no time for roses, but many other blooms delight the senses – from fragrant daphne and winter-sweet to delicate snowdrops and woodland anemones. Why not join us for a brisk stroll and celebrate[...]
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
7:30 pm
An illustated presentation by Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland. This lecture will place a strong emphasis on the identification of common garden birds. They should be cherished as garden visitors so Niall will offer suggestions[...]
Feb 29 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
2:30 pm
‘The greatest service rendered to any country is to add a useful plant to its culture’ – Thomas Jefferson, 1800. Throughout history, plants have supplied us with food, medicine, and other essentials; as empires expanded[...]
Feb 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
A healthy garden is a complex living system with lots of different interdependent species. Dublin Community Growers has invited Mary Montaut to give a presentation on looking at your gardens as complete ecologies. Discover the[...]
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm
12:00 pm
Take a rejuvenating guided tour amidst the splendid spring blossoms and foliage of the Gardens, and hear stories of the cultivation, ecology, and folklore of our beautiful plant collections. Enjoy the colourful tulips, delicate cherry[...]
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
Join one of our knowledgeable guides for a tour of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh, that takes you from the seventeenth century, when Saint Mochorog established the abbey, right up to the present[...]
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
Join one of our knowledgeable guides for a tour of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh, that takes you from the seventeenth century, when Saint Mochorog established the abbey, right up to the present[...]

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Totally Terrific Tomato Festival 2020 – Collect a Seedling!

Totally Terrific Tomato Festival 2020 – Collect a Seedling!

This year we are delighted to once again host the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival, and share the remarkable story and sheer variety of this amazing fruit - last year's festival featured a World Record breaking 261 cultivars! This display runs in the Teak House...

Research Position Available Feb 2020

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Duration: 24 months Location: National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland A research position is available immediately for a fixed term of 24 months on the DAFM funded project GENENET. The GENENET project aims to establish a gene...

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...