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.
The National Botanic Gardens are open every day except Christmas Day, 25th December, and are free to enter and explore.
From Sunday 28th October 2018 to the end of March 2019 we are on Winter Opening Hours
Open daily 9am to 4.30pm weekdays
10am to 4.30pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays
The Botanic Gardens Blog
Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Blog for all news articles and updates.
RHSI Gold Medal of Honour awarded to Seamus O’Brien, Head Gardener at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh
The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (RHSI), founded in 1816, is a charity, dedicated to promoting and improving the knowledge, skill, and practice of horticulture, arboriculture, and floral art while encouraging respect for the environment and creating a sense...
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...
VISITOR SAFETY NOTICE DUE TO THE ONGOING SEVERE WEATHER WARNING, THE GARDENS WILL CLOSE TODAY AT 3PM. APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE (pictured: A painting of Deirdre in "A book of myths" (1915) by Helen Stratton.)
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 CHILDREN’S...
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 -...
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....