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


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

Kilmacurragh: 12pm and 3pm daily, April to mid-October

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

What’s On

Browse the latest below, or see the full calendar at this link.
Download the current events brochure here – NBG Events March – September 2019

Sep 1 @ 12:30 pm – Nov 30 @ 4:00 pm
12:30 pm
Autumn in the gardens is an incredible experience. Join us for aspecial guided tour through the autumn leaves and herbaceousborders savouring the seasonal colour and viewing some of thesculptures dotted throughout the gardens along the[...]
Sep 5 – Oct 18 all-day
12:00 am
Sculpture in Context will present a thought-provoking collection of work that bridges the gap between art and nature, organic forms and man-made objects. The natural setting of the National Botanic Gardens will play host to[...]
12:00 am
A chance for both primary and secondary schools to explore the exciting outdoor sculpture exhibition. Come and collect your self-guided trail at the Education and Visitor Centre or download the Primary School level here.
Sep 21 – Sep 22 all-day
12:00 am
We are delighted to host the return of the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland’s Dahlia Show. When it comes to dahlias, can you tell a pompom from a semi-cactus, or a decorative from a peony[...]
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am
Workshops begin at 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.00pm & 3.30pm and last about 20-30min Kids, join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Erasmus Education Garden! Each week we will have a different activity to help[...]
Sep 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
8:00 pm
Booking Essential: Click here to book A journey through the ups and downs of planning and planting gardens from Ireland to China, including the intriguing story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, ancestor of the Queen and[...]
Sep 28 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
2:30 pm
‘The greatest service rendered to any country is to add a useful plant to its culture’ – Thomas Jefferson, 1800. Throughout history, plants have supplied us with food, medicine, and other essentials; as empires expanded[...]
Sep 28 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
3:15 pm
On Saturdays throughout the exhibition, you will have a rare opportunity to join one of the participating artists for a guided tour through the exhibition to gain an insight into Ireland’s largest outdoor and indoor[...]

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Sculpture in Context 2019

Sculpture in Context 2019

Now in its 19th year, Sculpture in Context presents a thought-provoking collection of work that bridges the gap between art and nature, organic forms and man-made objects. The beautiful setting of the National Botanic Gardens plays host to an impressive collection of...

Totally Terrific Tomatoes – Submission Guidelines for 2019

Totally Terrific Tomatoes – Submission Guidelines for 2019

Fellow tomato heads... this is a call to arms, or "a call to toms" for our Totally Terrific Tomato Festival display. If you can supply a variety that we don't have, please, let us know! Check the extensive list below. You can message organisers at...