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.

Open Daily

The National Botanic Gardens are open every day except Christmas Day, 25th December, and are free to enter and explore.

From Sunday 28th October 2018 to the end of March 2019 we are on Winter Opening Hours 

Open daily 9am to 4.30pm weekdays

10am to 4.30pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

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!

Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2:00 pm
Caoimhe Creed, guide at Dublin Castle and former Fighting Words instructor, will lead you through the process of crafting a story inspired by the Botanic Gardens. Nature and plants have enlivened much of literature and[...]
3:00 pm
Discover the grand passions, obsessions, secrets, and myths of the Gardens with our stimulating series of Lightning Talks. It’s access all areas as the staff of the Botanic Gardens speak. With five speakers and just[...]
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00 am
A fun kids’ workshop where we will be making bird feeders to help our feathered friends during the cold winter months. Be sure to wear old clothes since we may be making a mess. Suitable[...]
Jan 26 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
As part of the First Fortnight Festival, we are delighted to bring you a very special guided walk. It is believed that humans have evolved to have an instinctive bond with nature, one which our[...]
Jan 27 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
11:30 am
Step-by-step demonstrations using fresh rushes in celebration of the Feast of St. Brigid. Come and discover the technique behind making the traditional St. Brigid’s Cross. As we will have limited supplies of rushes this is[...]
Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
3:00 pm
Step-by-step demonstrations using fresh rushes in celebration of the Feast of St. Brigid. Come and discover the technique behind making the traditional St. Brigid’s Cross. As we will have limited supplies of rushes this is[...]
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00 am
A fun kids’ workshop where we will be making bird feeders to help our feathered friends during the cold winter months. Be sure to wear old clothes since we may be making a mess. Suitable[...]
Feb 6 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
Following on from our January Lightning Talks, find out about the grand passions, obsessions, secrets, and myths of some very special invited guests. With five speakers and just five minutes per talk, these presentations will[...]

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

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...

Halloween at Glasnevin 2018

This year was our busiest yet! Our annual Halloween extravaganza featured Magical Plants, Decorated Pumpkins, a Harvest Display, and games with Maths Week Ireland. Thank you to all who took part and dressed up on the day! If you missed our main event don't fret -...

Halloween Harvest Display 2018

Each year our display features produce grown in the Botanic Gardens Organic Vegetable Garden, Grass Garden, Nursery and beyond. Guides Ciara Travers and Melissa O'Brien put the finishing touches to the scene last week and it is expected to last until early November....

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin

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The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh

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