The Gardens are Open
The National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh will close at 2.00pm on Thursday 24 December 2020 (Christmas Eve) and the National Botanic Gardens at both Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh will be closed on Friday 25 December 2020 (Christmas Day).
During the Level 5 Covid restrictions (edited December 2020), we are pleased to welcome visitors to the Gardens, from 10.00am to 4:30pm (Glasnevin), and 9.00am to 4:30pm (Kilmacurragh), Monday to Friday, weekends, and bank holidays—until further notice. However, be warned that numbers will be restricted.
The safety of visitors and staff is our priority, and in order to adhere to Government Guidelines there will be a limit on the numbers of visitors allowed to enter at any given time. At Glasnevin, the Car Park, some of the toilets, and Cemetery Gate have reopened but the Glasshouses, Visitor Centre, and Herbarium & Library will remain closed for the time being.
From 28th December the main café will be open for takeaway food and drinks only. For more info, click here. Please note that other areas of the Visitor Centre remain closed to visitors. Toilets are available in the Courtyard next to the main pedestrian entrance.
To ensure adequate social distancing we have organised separate entry and exit points and a one-way, clockwise, system through the gardens to ensure your visit will be relaxing and worry-free. The paths are marked with white arrows indicating the routes you can take around the Gardens, and our friendly guides will be on hand to assist. Here is a map of the Gardens showing the routes. Highlights at this time of year include the Herbaceous Border, annual and bedding displays, and Rose Garden.
Bear in mind that there may be delays entering the Gardens. We may need to close the gardens for short periods if the Gardens reach capacity. Once this happens we will wait for some visitors to leave before allowing more to enter.
Please note that the usual rules apply: no dogs (except guide dogs), no ball games, picnics, sports, bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates, micro-scooters, balance bikes and other vehicles (except wheelchairs).
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.
Our Guided Tours, have returned! However, due to Coronavirus/Covid-19 all other Events and Workshops are still suspended until further notice. Please check back here for updated information.
The Botanic Gardens Blog
Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Blog for all news articles and updates.
We are delighted to announce a new hybrid daffodil cultivar - Narcissus 'Kilmacurragh' (pictured). This wonderful flower was bred by the famous Northern Ireland daffodil breeder Brian Duncan in 2005 and is a Narcissus poeticus (old pheasant’s eye) hybrid. Brian Duncan...
The 2020 Exhibition is Open! This year for the very first time we changed the format of our very popular Pumpkin decorating competition to an online event. We have been amazed and thoroughly entertained by the very high standard of all the entries and it...
Announcing the prize-winners of the Decorated Pumpkin Competition 2020! There were an impressive 321 entrants this year! Congratulations to the following entrants. A One4all voucher will be sent to you once we have received your postal address. Please...
As autumn turns towards winter with the ancient festival of Samhain, the original Halloween when the veil between the worlds of living and dead is lifted, the baleful eye of the yew berry surveys the change of season from its sinister branches. Why...
Join the coven again for a look at some of the pumpkins and gourds in the Witches' Garden! Happy Halloween! We hope you have a spooktacular evening We give you a look at pumpkins. Find out where they originate and how to grow your own for next year! ...
Join the coven for a look at magical plants in the glasshouse! Here's one of our Botanic Witches bringing you into the glasshouse, over in the Witches' Garden! The Gardens are a place to enjoy the wonder and beauty of nature. The site will remain open...
Express your inner artist! Join us this week for our creative Biodiversity Challenge. Following the success of our Facebook Earth Day Art competiton (see below) we’re inviting artists young and old to take part in a new challenge for the International Day of Biodiversity–and our own Biodiversity Week. Details here »
For Earth Day 2020 (22 April 2020), we invited everyone, young and old, to take part in a drawing challenge on Facebook.
The theme for the competition was ‘Take care of the Earth and the Earth will take care of you’. We asked you to show us your world, the different ways our Earth supports and nurtures us – the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water that fills our rivers and oceans, (and perhaps what we are all missing most at the moment) the space it gives us to play and explore.
View the 2 winners, and the shortlisted entries »