Welcome to the National Botanic Gardens

Our new website was launched in June 2018. Please bear with us as we add material and updates.

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.

From Sunday 28th October 2018 we revert to Winter Opening Hours Open daily 9am to 4.30pm weekdays

10am to 4.30pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

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!

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Christmas in the Gardens

As ever, we are running a series of seasonal events in the run up to Christmas. Highlights include the Christmas Market on Sunday 9th December (featuring Santa Claus), festive themed tours, and eco-crafts for all ages. Saturday 24th November & 15th December...

Halloween at Glasnevin 2018

This year was our busiest yet! Our annual Halloween extravaganza featured Magical Plants, Decorated Pumpkins, a Harvest Display, and games with Maths Week Ireland. Thank you to all who took part and dressed up on the day! If you missed our main event don't fret -...

Halloween Harvest Display 2018

Each year our display features produce grown in the Botanic Gardens Organic Vegetable Garden, Grass Garden, Nursery and beyond. Guides Ciara Travers and Melissa O'Brien put the finishing touches to the scene last week and it is expected to last until early November....

Totally Terrific Tomato Tally Makes New World Record!

https://www.facebook.com/TotallyTerrificTomatoFestival/videos/313017122617422/ As of Friday 24th August 2018 we have a record breaking number of tomato cultivars on display in the Teak House at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin. The Totally Terrific...

Heritage Week 2018 – Sharing Stories

Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th August 2018 This year we will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate Heritage Week at both Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh. We are delighted to host the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival at Glasnevin and share the remarkable story of the...

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin

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The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh

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