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.

Open Daily

The National Botanic Gardens are open every day in both Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh, and are free to enter and explore.

Open daily 9am to 5pm weekdays

10am to 6pm 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!

Jun 2 @ 2:30 pm – Jul 28 @ 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Saturdays in June & July GUIDED WALK: Meadows and Hedgerows Join our expert guides on a stroll through the summer meadows. From wild Irish orchids to yellow rattle, discover the many wonderful plants that are[...]
Car Park
Jul 18 @ 3:00 pm – Jul 26 @ 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th August HERITAGE WEEK: Sharing Stories @NBG Kilmacurragh The world of plants is full of stories but where do they come from?  How did they get here?  Where did they get[...]
Car Park
Jul 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Did you know that the idea for Velcro was sparked by a seed head? Can you guess which plants were responsible for the creation of waterproof paint? Join us on this fascinating tour and find[...]
Glasnevin
Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
An intriguing demonstration of some of the scented plants from the Gardens. Learn how they can made into essential oils and perfumes. See how rose water, herbal infusions and homemade perfumes are made. Discover how[...]
Glasnevin
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
11:00 am
Children’s workshop. Ever wanted to start your very own dried plant collection? Get great tips and discover how you can become a plant collector! Join our guides on an expedition through the Botanic Gardens, identifying[...]
Glasnevin
Jul 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Did you know that the idea for Velcro was sparked by a seed head? Can you guess which plants were responsible for the creation of waterproof paint? Join us on this fascinating tour and find[...]
Glasnevin
Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
An intriguing demonstration of some of the scented plants from the Gardens. Learn how they can made into essential oils and perfumes. See how rose water, herbal infusions and homemade perfumes are made. Discover how[...]
Glasnevin
Aug 4 @ 2:30 pm – Aug 25 @ 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Saturdays 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th August GUIDED WALK: Plant Hunters Walk The travels of the plant hunters make wonderful stories!  Often away for several years at a time in the most inaccessible parts of[...]
Car Park

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Water Shortages and the Hosepipe Ban

Water shortages are affecting us all following the recent drought. Following the hose-pipe ban, we are committed to leading by example. We will continue to care for our plants using watering cans, with a focus on important conservation collections. We do use our own...

Events Programme Now Available!

We are delighted to announce that the programme of events until next February is now available to download. Click here to access your digital copy. From exhibitions to themed tours, guided walks to children's workshops, there is something for everyone going on at the...

Science Week 2017

  The National Botanic Gardens have a programme of events for National Science Week. One of Ireland's moored weather buoys will be with us all week. Standing 4m tall and weighing 3.5 tonnes (right) these buoys are vital sentinels to offshore weather conditions...

Totally Terrific Tomato Festival 2017

  For this week the National Botanic Gardens is hosting the largest collection of Tomato cultivars ever assembled in Ireland. The Totally Terrific Tomato Festival takes place at Killruddery House and Gardens each year in September. This year 203 cultivars went on...

A Rare Find: Green-Flowered Helleborine

The National Botanic Gardens are pleased to announce a significant find in Ireland's botanical world. The green flowered helleborine (Epipactis phyllanthes) is a rare Irish orchid confined to little more than a dozen sites on the island. Its rarity and variability...

Sheep-Eating plant blooming at the gardens NOW!

We are delighted to announce the blooming of one of the most handsome plants in our collection. Puya berteroniana (aka. the Sheep-eating plant) has begun flowering in the Curvilinear House and will last through to the first week of June. But it is unfurling fast as...

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin

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The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh

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