Welcome to the National Botanic Gardens – We Are Open!

During the Level 5 COVID restrictions (edited March 2021), we are pleased to welcome visitors to the Gardens, from 10.00am to 5.00pm on weekdays and 10.00am to 6.00pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays (Glasnevin), and 9.00am to 4:30pm (Kilmacurragh), Monday to Friday, weekends, and bank holidays—until further notice. However, be warned that numbers will be restricted.

We would respectfully remind visitors to the National Botanic Gardens that under the current level 5 restrictions you may not travel to the Gardens if you live further than 5 km from the site. An Garda Síochána have asked us to remind people that it is in all our interests to help reduce infection rates at this critical time. 

See a map of 5km radius from National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin here: 5KM from home Glasnevin National Botanic Gardens

See a map of 5km radius from National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh here: 5KM from home Kilmacurragh National Botanic Gardens

The safety of visitors and staff is our priority, and in order to adhere to Government Guidelines there will be a limit on the numbers of visitors allowed to enter at any given time. At Glasnevin, the Car Park, some of the toilets, and Cemetery Gate have reopened but the Glasshouses, Visitor Centre, and Herbarium & Library will remain closed for the time being.

For more info on the Café, click here. Toilets are available in the Courtyard next to the main pedestrian entrance.

To ensure adequate social distancing we have organised separate entry and exit points and a one-way, clockwise, system through the gardens to ensure your visit will be relaxing and worry-free. The paths are marked with white arrows indicating the routes you can take around the Gardens. Here is a map of the Gardens showing the routes. 

Bear in mind that there may be delays entering the Gardens. We may need to close the gardens for short periods if the Gardens reach capacity. Once this happens we will wait for some visitors to leave before allowing more to enter.

Please note that the usual rules apply: no dogs (except guide dogs), no ball games, picnics, sports, bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates, micro-scooters, balance bikes and other vehicles (except wheelchairs).

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.

Online Events with the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

We are delighted to announce a series of online talks with a great variety of speakers. Bookings are now open for March here

Online Lectures March poster



Opening Hours

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Visitor Centre Reception

Please use the Visitor Centre phone number or email to enquire about all events, educational, or accessibility queries:
+353 1 804 0319 botanicgardens@opw.ie

What’s On

Due to Coronavirus/Covid-19 all Tours, Events and Workshops are suspended until further notice. Please check back here for updated information. We are running some online events. See Eventbrite for details and booking.

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

The boxwood of Thailand and the cinnamon of Borneo

The boxwood of Thailand and the cinnamon of Borneo

Wuu Kuang Soh The Boxwood family, Buxaceae, consists of six genera and about 100 species worldwide from the Northern to Southern Hemisphere. The group presence is small in Thailand with only two genera and five native species (Soh and Parnell 2018). However, in the...

Systematics of Syzygium Gaertn. in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

Systematics of Syzygium Gaertn. in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

Syzygium Gaertn. is the largest genus in Myrtaceae with about 1,200 species of mostly medium to large trees occurring in the tropics and subtropics from India to the Pacific Islands, and found in a diverse range of habitats from sea shore to montane forest. Perhaps...

Plants and the Pandemic – online talk with Dr Noeleen Smyth

This live talk took place on 10 February 2021, on Crowdcast. With thanks to Dr Noeleen Smyth. The alarming loss of forests and other wild habitats globally has caused worldwide concern but for many of us this may not have registered as an impact that has anything to...

Trait-based ecology

Trait-based ecology

Trait‐based ecology uses phenotypic characteristics of plants to study responses to environmental change and to investigate ecological hypotheses. These phenotypes that are associated with plant functioning are called functional traits. One example of a widely known...

Express your inner artist! Join us this week for our creative Biodiversity Challenge. Following the success of our Facebook Earth Day Art competiton (see below) we’re inviting artists young and old to take part in a new challenge for the International Day of Biodiversity–and our own Biodiversity Week. Details here »


Online Exhibition

For Earth Day 2020 (22 April 2020), we invited everyone, young and old, to take part in a drawing challenge on Facebook.
The theme for the competition was ‘Take care of the Earth and the Earth will take care of you’. We asked you to show us your world, the different ways our Earth supports and nurtures us – the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water that fills our rivers and oceans, (and perhaps what we are all missing most at the moment) the space it gives us to play and explore.
View the 2 winners, and the shortlisted entries »