The Gardens have reopened

We are pleased to welcome back visitors to the Gardens, from 10.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, and at weekends and bank holidays, from 10.00am to 6.00pm. However, be warned that numbers will be restricted.
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. 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.

As of 7 August, the main cafe is open again, for takeaways only. A selection of sandwiches, cakes, and drinks including speciality coffees are now available. For more click herePlease note that other areas of the Visitor Centre remain closed to visitors. 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, and our friendly guides will be on hand to assist. Here is a map of the Gardens showing the routes. Highlights at this time of year include the Herbaceous Border, annual and bedding displays, and Rose Garden.

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).


Visitor Centre Reception

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



autumn daily guided botanic garden tours

Our daily guided tours are back from Wednesday 1 July and are now free of charge as part of the government’s July Stimulus Plan for domestic tourism. Discover the magnificent and rare treasures of our living plant collections.

Join our one of our popular guided tours and discover the most iconic, helpful, and quirky plants of our collections. Our experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens. Highlights in September include autumn colour and the organic harvest.

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Please note that for now the glasshouses remain closed to the public, so our tours will take place outdoors.


At this difficult time, we are conscious of your safety and that of your guide. Group numbers will be limited to 6 plus guide. Guides will wear a mask or visor and we ask that you observe proper social distancing. By booking a tour, you affirm that, to the best of your knowledge, all members of your party have no symptoms of COVID-19 and have not travelled nor arrived from overseas in the 14 days before the date of the tour.

Tours will take place with a minimum of 2 people.

We will keep you all updated throughout the coming weeks as we enter different phases of the government’s COVID-19 plan.
We look forward to welcoming visitors back to the National Botanic Gardens and hope you enjoy your visit. Thank you.


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.


Opening Hours

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Our Tours are returning!

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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 »

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Self-Guided Biodiversity Trail

Self-Guided Biodiversity Trail

Designed for National Heritage Week and suitable for all of the family! Take part in this self-guided tour of the gardens, exploring biodiversity at its best while finding out about the importance and variety of pollinators all around us....

Research Assistant – Contract Position Available Sep 2020

Position: Research Assistant Duration: 12 months Location: National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland A research assistant position is available immediately for a fixed term of 12 months on the DAFM funded project GENENET. The GENENET project aims to establish a gene...

Press Release: Aquatic House Complex

Press Release: Aquatic House Complex

OPW commences work to save important buildings at Botanic Gardens with a plan to restore them in the future.     Visitors to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin will have noticed what looks like some building work commencing on site in recent days....

In Praise of Weeds

In Praise of Weeds

The past few weeks have seen the vast majority of us confined to a much smaller area than usual, and even with a new routine of responsibilities to juggle between home, work and family, it's likely that life has contained more stillness and quiet than we would have...

A National Seed Bank in the National Botanic Gardens

A National Seed Bank in the National Botanic Gardens

Plants are fascinating. Even though they surround us and feed us, they often go unseen and unnoticed each day. They even hold the record for the largest and oldest organisms on earth - the largest being a clone of aspen trees and the oldest being a bristle cone pine...

Biodiversity Week Challenge!

Biodiversity Week Challenge!

Express your inner artist! Join us this week for our creative Biodiversity Challenge on Facebook » What's it About? Despite how much we have been using our technology over the last few weeks we can’t forget how dependent we are on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for...