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 events on the Calendar page here

or download the current events brochure here – National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Events

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.
Oct 12 2019 – Dec 31 2020 all-day
12:00 am
Come and visit our ‘Dry Garden’. The Herbarium in Focus Permanent Exhibition in the National Botanic Gardens reveals the science and history behind this national collection of dried plant specimens and museum objects. Read about[...]
8:00 pm
After 15 years hard labour, Kew’s Rock Garden has been transformed from what it was in the 1920s and ’30s.  Many of these changes and improvements were overseen by Joanne Ryan.  Joanne will guide us[...]
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
10:00 am
Take part in our decorated pumpkin competition and your pumpkin can be part of a fantastic exhibition to be displayed in the Teak House. This unique event is a big hit with our visitors every[...]
Oct 19 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Explore the darker side of the Botanics on this adults-only tour. Throughout human history, plants have been used not just for sustenance and shelter, but also for more unsavoury practices. From poisons and hallucinogens to[...]
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
12:00 pm
It’s Dress-up Day when all you witches and ghouls can dress to distress. View the Halloween Harvest Display and Decorated Pumpkin Exhibition and discover all about Magical Plants when you visit the witches in their[...]

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Vacancy – Curator at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

Vacancy – Curator at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

http://opw.ie/en/latestnews/articleheading,39822,en.html The OPW currently has a vacancy for Curator at the National Botanic Gardens. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin is Ireland’s leading botanical and horticultural institution, which cultivates a comprehensive...

Herbarium in Focus – Exhibition brings to life the power of plants

Herbarium in Focus – Exhibition brings to life the power of plants

Herbarium in Focus, a free exhibition in Ireland’s National Herbarium at the National Botanic Gardens was officially opened on Thursday 3rd October 2019 by Office of Public Works (OPW) Commissioner, John McMahon. The purpose of the exhibition is to showcase the key...

Seasonal Guide Jobs Advertised for 2020

Seasonal Guide Jobs Advertised for 2020

Ever thought of working at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin or Kilmacurragh? Now is your opportunity to apply for seasonal guide jobs! For details and to apply go to the Office of Public Works website.