The Gardens have reopened, from Monday 18 May.
We are pleased to welcome back visitors to the Gardens, from 10.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, and at weekends, from 10.00am to 6.00pm. 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. The current travel restrictions mean we will not be opening the car park until June 8 at the earliest. The Cemetery Gate, Glasshouses, Visitor Centre, toilets, Café, Herbarium & Library will also remain closed for the time being.
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 peonies, irises, and bedding displays.
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).
We will keep you all updated throughout the coming weeks as we enter different phases of the government’s Covid-19 plan.
We look forward to welcoming visitors back to the National Botanic Gardens and hope you enjoy your visit. Thank you.
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.
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.
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The Botanic Gardens Blog
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