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
Monday – Saturday 11.30pm and 3.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm and 2.30pm
The Botanic Gardens Blog
Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Blog for all news articles and updates.
The National Botanic Gardens (OPW), in collaboration with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) have carried out a progress report on Ireland’s ability to achieve the 16 Targets outlined in our National...
A black and white image of five staff members, titled Grand Old Men in the National Botanic Gardens, appeared in Features magazine in 1947. The photograph was reproduced in a history of the Gardens, The Brighest Jewel, noting the men had served in total more than 220...
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...
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...
RHSI Gold Medal of Honour awarded to Seamus O’Brien, Head Gardener at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh
The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (RHSI), founded in 1816, is a charity, dedicated to promoting and improving the knowledge, skill, and practice of horticulture, arboriculture, and floral art while encouraging respect for the environment and creating a sense...
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...