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

Tours:

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

12:00 am
This annual visual treat, organised by the An Óige Photographic Group, is now in its 81st year! Featuring a wide range of prize-winning images, this year’s show includes a selection exploring the diversity of the[...]
Jun 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Join our expert guides on a stroll through the summer meadows. From wild Irish orchids to yellow rattle, discover the many wonderful plants growing in our regenerated meadows. 2.30pm. Meet at the Car Park  [...]
Jun 22 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
2:30 pm
Midsummer heralds the return of our highly popular Biophilia tour, first brought to you in the depths of winter and now in full glorious summer colour! Take a journey around the globe and through the[...]
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am
Kids, join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Erasmus Education Garden! Each week we will have a different activity to help you to become an expert gardener. Sow your own vegetable and flower[...]
Jun 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
3:00 pm
Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s notorious heroine. When Elizabeth meets the terse and abrupt Mr. Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is[...]
Jun 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2:00 pm
Explore the process of handmade paper-making in just 2 hours with this afternoon session especially for adults. Make pulp using recycled material and natural plant-based dyes. Infuse the paper with seeds to make plantable paper,[...]
Jun 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2:00 pm
Explore the process of handmade paper-making in just 2 hours with this afternoon session especially for adults. Make pulp using recycled material and natural plant-based dyes. Infuse the paper with seeds to make plantable paper,[...]
Jun 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Join our expert guides on a stroll through the summer meadows. From wild Irish orchids to yellow rattle, discover the many wonderful plants growing in our regenerated meadows. 2.30pm. Meet at the Car Park  [...]

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Positions Advertised at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

Three positions have been advertised in the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. See https://www.publicjobs.ie/en/ for details and application forms. The closing date for applications is 3pm, 25th April 2019. Botanist (Grade III), National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin...

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin

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