Welcome to the National Botanic Gardens

Our new website was launched in June 2018. Please bear with us as we add material and updates.

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 in both Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh, and are free to enter and explore.

Open daily 9am to 5pm weekdays

10am to 6pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Tickets for guided tours are available for purchase; 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!

Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – Aug 24 @ 4:45 pm
10:00 am
A joint exhibition between National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, the Geological Survey Ireland and the Natural History Museum will show-case the amazing 360 million year old fossils from Kiltorcan Quarry, Co. Kilkenny. Kiltorcan is internationally known for its[...]
National Botanic Gardens of Ireland
Aug 4 @ 2:30 pm – Aug 25 @ 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Saturdays 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th August GUIDED WALK: Plant Hunters Walk The travels of the plant hunters make wonderful stories!  Often away for several years at a time in the most inaccessible parts of[...]
Car Park
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
This year we are delighted to be hosting the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival. We will have an exhibition of tomato cultivars to demonstrate the sheer diversity of this amazing fruit. Last year’s festival displayed over 200[...]
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Aug 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
Afternoon Lecture: Take a tour through time with Ireland’s fossil plants. Matthew Parkes, geological curator with the Natural History Museum, will pay brief visits to all of Ireland’s significant plant fossil localities, starting with the[...]
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Aug 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
11:00 am
Children’s workshop. Ever wanted to start your very own dried plant collection? Get great tips and discover how you can become a plant collector! Join our guides on an expedition through the Botanic Gardens, identifying[...]
Aug 25 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
At the Academy in Ancient Greece, philosophy students strolled outdoors while pondering the big questions. As Friedrich Nietzsche said centuries later, “it is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth.” The ambiance of[...]
National Botanic Gardens
12:00 am
Thursday 4th October National Tree Day Guided Walk for Schools: Learn all about Trees Find out some fascinating facts and learn a little on how to identify trees while discovering how amazing trees really are[...]
10:30 am
Friday 12th October WORKSHOP: Beginner’s Photography with the Outdoor Studio Join us for this one day Photography Workshop in the beautiful location of Kilmacurragh Gardens in County Wicklow. Combining the stunning autumn with the beautiful[...]

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Heritage Week 2018 – Sharing Stories

Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th August 2018 This year we will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate Heritage Week at both Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh. We are delighted to host the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival at Glasnevin and share the remarkable story of the...

Totally Terrific Tomato Festival competition

As part of the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival we are running a tomato growers competition! We are accepting entries on Friday 17th from 9.30am - 4.30pm & Saturday 18th August from 10am-12pm. The tomatoes will be judged at 1pm on Saturday 18th by our expert panel....

Garden Plants of Ireland – An introduction

Over the centuries, Irish gardeners, nurseries, and estates have contributed a wealth of additions to our gardens. Whether an odd seedling of a different colour, an upright form of a usually tumbling shrub, or a crafted or spontaneous hybrid between two plants, these...

Water Shortages and the Hosepipe Ban

Water shortages are affecting us all following the recent drought. Following the hose-pipe ban, we are committed to leading by example. We will continue to care for our plants using watering cans, with a focus on important conservation collections. We do use our own...

Events Programme Now Available!

We are delighted to announce that the programme of events until next February is now available to download. Click here to access your digital copy. From exhibitions to themed tours, guided walks to children's workshops, there is something for everyone going on at the...

Science Week 2017

  The National Botanic Gardens have a programme of events for National Science Week. One of Ireland's moored weather buoys will be with us all week. Standing 4m tall and weighing 3.5 tonnes (right) these buoys are vital sentinels to offshore weather conditions...

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin

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The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh

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