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

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

Aug 17 @ 2:00 pm – Sep 1 @ 5:45 pm
2:00 pm
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[...]
Aug 20 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am
Workshops begin at 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.00pm & 3.30pm and last about 20-30min Kids, join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Erasmus Education Garden! Each week we will have a different activity to help[...]
Aug 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am
Get your hands messy in our Children’s Erasmus Education Garden on Wild Child Day! Come along to make your own seed bombs filled with Irish wildflower seeds – brilliant for encouraging bees, butterflies, birds, moths[...]
Aug 22 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
2:30 pm
Get outside and active on a summer’s day with this journey round the globe and through the senses! Find out how and why humans bond with the natural world the way we do, explore nature’s[...]
Aug 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Join us for a stroll through the gardens where we’ll take a look at plants that have inspired hobbies and pastimes in the past. What plants did the ancients use for weaving? How did the[...]
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am
Workshops begin at 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.00pm & 3.30pm and last about 20-30min Kids, join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Erasmus Education Garden! Each week we will have a different activity to help[...]
Aug 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
11:00 am
Kids, learn how to save your tomato seeds – join us for tomato squishing in the Erasmus Education Garden! Suitable from ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown-up! Takes place Tuesday[...]
Aug 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
Kids, learn how to save your tomato seeds – join us for tomato squishing in the Erasmus Education Garden! Suitable from ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown-up! Takes place Tuesday[...]

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Totally Terrific Tomatoes – Submission Guidelines for 2019

Totally Terrific Tomatoes – Submission Guidelines for 2019

Fellow tomato heads... this is a call to arms, or "a call to toms" for our Totally Terrific Tomato Festival display. If you can supply a variety that we don't have, please, let us know! Check the extensive list below. You can message organisers at...