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:

Monday – Saturday 11.30pm and 3.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm and 2.30pm

Click here for further details 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!

2:30 pm
Let loose the growing potential of your back garden! If you are new to gardening, or simply unhappy with the results of previous attempts, this class is for you. Join Niamh Donohoe, our Organic Garden[...]
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Mar 23 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
During the month of the feast of Saint Patrick we are hosting a special Irish plants and folklore tour. Hear about the magical myths and legends surrounding Irish plants from ancient to modern times. Find[...]
8:00 pm
Chant21 is coming back this spring to please your soul with the finest selection of early 17th-century Italian and Polish music composed under the King Vasa’s patronage. For generations, the Vasas were true music lovers,[...]
2:30 pm
Get creative in the vegetable garden! Let organic gardening expert Niamh Donohoe show you how to get started with edible landscaping – how to mix flowers with vegetables, the benefits of companion planting and the[...]
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Mar 30 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
During the month of the feast of Saint Patrick we are hosting a special Irish plants and folklore tour. Hear about the magical myths and legends surrounding Irish plants from ancient to modern times. Find[...]
Mar 31 @ 9:30 am – Apr 7 @ 4:00 pm
9:30 am
Did you know we offer Free tours to Primary & Secondary school groups? This National Tree Week discover the iconic trees and remarkable specimens of the National Botanic Gardens. On this tour you will hear[...]
2:30 pm
In celebration of National Tree Week, this tour visits many majestic and interesting old trees throughout the Gardens, exploring their secret world, their inner workings and even how they communicate with one another! A similar[...]
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2:30 pm
Joseph McConville, President of the Tree Council of Ireland, gives this talk in conjunction with a new leaflet for landowners throughout the country. Are street trees and roadside trees being removed unnecessarily, without being surveyed[...]
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The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Grand Old ‘Men’ – Denis McNally, Paul Maher, and Edel McDonald

A black and white image of five staff members, titled Grand Old Men in the National Botanic Gardens, appeared in Features magazine in 1947. The photograph was reproduced in a history of the Gardens, The Brighest Jewel, noting the men had served in total more than 220...

Sustainable Living Festival

Living sustainably can be a challenge, with a complex range of choices we can make to lighten our impact on the Earth. What actions can we take ourselves at home, at work, and in our community? Take part in our Festival and discover practical, affordable tips on how...

Writing for a Change: Flash Fiction Competition

The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to announce a Flash Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction competition themed around Climate Change in partnership with the National Botanic Gardens and the Five Lamps Arts Festival. Climate change and the environment are constant...

Christmas Opening Hours

The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, open every day of the year except Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December. Every other day during the holidays you can enjoy a brisk stroll or enjoy the tropical surroundings in the glasshouses - an ideal break between Christmas...

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin

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The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh

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