Further to the Taoiseach’s announcement of Friday 27th March all OPW Heritage sites including Parks, with the exception of the Phoenix Park will be closed, effective immediately. For a full list of properties see

The National Botanic Gardens at both Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh will remain closed to visitors until Easter Sunday, April 12th.

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.

Car Parking facilities are available but during busy periods may be limited. In line with our principles of sustainability we encourage visitors, where possible to walk, cycle or use Dublin Bus.

Winter Opening Hours from Sunday 27 October 2019 to March 2020:

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

Summer Opening Hours from Sunday 1 March 2020:

9am to 5pm weekdays
10am to 6pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays


Due to the National Coronavirus emergency, all tours at Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh are suspended until the end of May.

Click here for further details on tours in Glasnevin. Tours in Kilmacurragh are available from April to mid-October; click here for more.

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Rhododendron ‘Thomas Acton’ registered with the RHS, March 2020

Rhododendron ‘Thomas Acton’ registered with the RHS, March 2020

From the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh Very early in the 1860s, some rhododendron seedlings arrived at Kilmacurragh, sent to Thomas Acton by Dr David Moore, Curator of the National (then Royal) Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. The seedlings were a...

National Botanic Gardens Crossword

National Botanic Gardens Crossword

Have a go at our National Botanic Gardens crossword. You'll find a lot of clues related to plants and nature. There is one puzzle and a choice of simple or cryptic clues. Download and print: Botanic Gardens Crossword v1 (pdf file) Find the solution here: Botanic...

Spring Nature Hunt: Activity Sheet for Kids

Spring Nature Hunt: Activity Sheet for Kids

(Now also: as Gaeilge) We've created a Spring-Themed Nature Hunt to help you and your kids to engage with the outdoors. There is no need for you to go anywhere crowded for this, as you should be able to find most of these things in your own garden or local green...