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.

Winter Opening Hours:

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

Summer Opening Hours from Sunday 3rd March 2019:

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

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 the latest below, or see the full calendar at this link.
Download the current events brochure here – NBG Events March – September 2019

12:00 am
Bill uses a unique painting style to capture the essence of some of the wonderful trees growing in the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Co. Wicklow. He has worked in publishing, advertising, and freelance design before[...]
3:00 pm
This presentation by Nora Pacenti features her work on a remarkable collection which was thought to be lost before being rediscovered here in the Herbarium of the National Botanic Gardens. For more on this collection[...]
11:00 am
Ever wondered how to preserve plants, or wanted to start your very own plant collection? Get great tips and discover how you can become a plant hunter! Join our guides on an expedition through the[...]
10:30 am
This three-day workshop covers all the basics of digital photography, how to understand your camera and use it to take better and more creative photographs. Suitable for all digital camera types, this workshop aims to[...]
Jul 27 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
11:30 am
The Gardens are delighted to host the Annual Dublin Show of the Irish Fuchsia and Pelargonium Society, a fantastic opportunity to see the highest standard of species, hybrids and cultivars of these beautiful plants competing[...]
Jul 27 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Join our expert guides on a stroll through the summer meadows. From wild Irish orchids to yellow rattle, discover the many wonderful plants growing in our regenerated meadows. 2.30pm. Meet at the Car Park  [...]
Jul 27 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Come on a different type of tour in which we explore the relationship between plants and sound! Humans have used plants for centuries to make music; learn about some of these fascinating species and how they[...]
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am
Kids, join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Erasmus Education Garden! Each week we will have a different activity to help you to become an expert gardener. Sow your own vegetable and flower[...]

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Positions Advertised at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

Three positions have been advertised in the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. See https://www.publicjobs.ie/en/ for details and application forms. The closing date for applications is 3pm, 25th April 2019. Botanist (Grade III), National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin...