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.

Car Parking facilities are available but during busy periods may be limited. In line with our principles of sustainability we encourage visitors, where possible to walk, cycle or use Dublin Bus.

Winter Opening Hours from Sunday 27 October 2019 to March 2020:

9am to 4.30pm weekdays
10am to 4.30pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Summer Opening Hours:

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 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[...]
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[...]
Nov 23 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Rainforests are one of the most important habitats for both plants and animals and are known as the lungs of the world. Discover its tropical plants in the Great Palm House, learn how we recreate[...]
3:00 pm
Dr Noeleen Smyth, Conservation Botanist at the National Botanic Gardens, talks about the results of the meeting of parties to the CITES Convention in Geneva 2019. CITES is the Congress on International Trade in Endangered[...]
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6:00 pm
Aiva is a professional florist and former student of the Teagasc School of Amenity Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens. She loves to use all things natural, whether grown in her own allotment, foraged, or[...]
11:00 am
Especially for kids this Christmas. Help spread beauty and prevent waste this Christmas by making your own plantable eco-friendly cards with recycled and natural materials. Using biodegradable seed infused paper, these cards will keep giving[...]
Nov 30 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Rainforests are one of the most important habitats for both plants and animals and are known as the lungs of the world. Discover its tropical plants in the Great Palm House, learn how we recreate[...]
Dec 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00 am
Are you dreaming of a green Christmas? Make your own unique eco-conscious gifts with biodegradable, seed infused paper and reduce your waste this holiday season. Using recycled materials each card can then be planted in[...]

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Plant News from the 18th World Wildlife Conference

Plant News from the 18th World Wildlife Conference

by Dr Noeleen Smyth, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Elephants, Giraffes, Sharks, Frankincense, Rosewoods and Malawi Cedars…  What do all these have in common? These were some of the plant and animal species discussed at the world wildlife conference also known...

Vacancy – Curator at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

Vacancy – Curator at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED 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 collection of plants for...

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...