Welcome to the National Botanic Gardens

Our new website was launched in June 2018. Please bear with us as we add material and updates.

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.

Open Daily

The National Botanic Gardens are open every day in both Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh, and are free to enter and explore.

Open daily 9am to 5pm weekdays

10am to 6pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Tickets for guided tours are available for purchase; click here for information on tours in Glasnevin. Tours in Kilmacurragh are available during the summer season; click here for more.

What’s On

Browse the latest below, or see the full calendar at this link.
Download the events brochure for the whole year here!

Sep 6 – Oct 19 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 magical natural setting of the National Botanic Gardens will play host[...]
National Botanic Gardens
Sep 22 @ 2:00 am – Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm
2:00 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[...]
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Sep 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
  Discover a world of gourmet gardening delights, from the humble potato to the horned melon. Find out how to cook day lilies, which Japanese delicacy may be growing in your back garden and how[...]
National Botanic Gardens
Sep 22 @ 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[...]
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Sep 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
  Discover a world of gourmet gardening delights, from the humble potato to the horned melon. Find out how to cook day lilies, which Japanese delicacy may be growing in your back garden and how[...]
National Botanic Gardens
Sep 29 @ 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[...]
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
12:00 am
Thursday 4th October National Tree Day Guided Walk for Schools: Learn all about Trees Find out some fascinating facts and learn a little on how to identify trees while discovering how amazing trees really are[...]
Kilmacurragh
10:30 am
Friday 12th October WORKSHOP: Beginner’s Photography with the Outdoor Studio Join us for this one day Photography Workshop in the beautiful location of Kilmacurragh Gardens in County Wicklow. Combining the stunning autumn with the beautiful[...]
Kilmacurragh

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Totally Terrific Tomato Tally Makes New World Record!

https://www.facebook.com/TotallyTerrificTomatoFestival/videos/313017122617422/ As of Friday 24th August 2018 we have a record breaking number of tomato cultivars on display in the Teak House at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin. The Totally Terrific...

Heritage Week 2018 – Sharing Stories

Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th August 2018 This year we will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate Heritage Week at both Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh. We are delighted to host the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival at Glasnevin and share the remarkable story of the...

Totally Terrific Tomato Festival competition

As part of the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival we are running a tomato growers competition! We are accepting entries on Friday 17th from 9.30am - 4.30pm & Saturday 18th August from 10am-12pm. The tomatoes will be judged at 1pm on Saturday 18th by our expert panel....

Garden Plants of Ireland – An introduction

Over the centuries, Irish gardeners, nurseries, and estates have contributed a wealth of additions to our gardens. Whether an odd seedling of a different colour, an upright form of a usually tumbling shrub, or a crafted or spontaneous hybrid between two plants, these...

Water Shortages and the Hosepipe Ban

Water shortages are affecting us all following the recent drought. Following the hose-pipe ban, we are committed to leading by example. We will continue to care for our plants using watering cans, with a focus on important conservation collections. We do use our own...

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin

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The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh

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