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

Tours:

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

Click here for further details 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!

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Sustainable Living Fair

Living sustainably can be a challenge, with a complex range of choices we can make to lighten our impact on the Earth. What actions can we take ourselves at home, at work, and in our community? Take part in our Festival and discover practical, affordable tips on how...

Writing for a Change: Flash Fiction Competition

The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to announce a Flash Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction competition themed around Climate Change in partnership with the National Botanic Gardens and the Five Lamps Arts Festival. Climate change and the environment are constant...

Christmas Opening Hours

The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, open every day of the year except Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December. Every other day during the holidays you can enjoy a brisk stroll or enjoy the tropical surroundings in the glasshouses - an ideal break between Christmas...

Gardens Closed from 3pm on Saturday 15th December

VISITOR SAFETY NOTICE DUE TO THE ONGOING SEVERE WEATHER WARNING, THE GARDENS WILL CLOSE TODAY AT 3PM. APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE (pictured: A painting of Deirdre in "A book of myths" (1915) by Helen Stratton.)

Christmas in the Gardens

As ever, we are running a series of seasonal events in the run up to Christmas. Highlights include the Christmas Market on Sunday 9th December (featuring Santa Claus), festive themed tours, and eco-crafts for all ages. Saturday 24th November & 15th December CHILDREN’S...

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin

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The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh

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