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.

Car Parking facilities are available but during busy periods may be limited. In line with our principles of sustainability we encourage visitors, where possible to walk, cycle or use Dublin Bus.

Winter Opening Hours from Sunday 27 October 2019 to March 2020:

9am to 4.30pm weekdays
10am to 4.30pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Christmas Opening Hours:

The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, will be closed on Wednesday 25 December, Christmas Day.

The Visitor Centre including the Garden Tearooms will be closed on Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, Friday 27 December but you are still free to walk in the gardens and glasshouses. The Garden Tearooms will close from 12 midday on Monday 23 December.

The car park at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, will be closed on Wednesday 25 December, Christmas Day, but the gardens will remain open to pedestrians. The Acton Café will be open from 9.30am – 2pm on Tuesday 24 December and will close on Wednesday 25 December and Wednesday 1 January 2020.

Summer Opening Hours:

9am to 5pm weekdays
10am to 6pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Tours:

Glasnevin: Monday – Saturday 11.30pm and 3.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm and 2.30pm

Kilmacurragh: 12pm and 3pm daily, April to mid-October

Click here for further details on tours in Glasnevin. Tours in Kilmacurragh are available from April to mid-October; click here for more.

What’s On

Browse events on the Calendar page here

or download the current events brochure here – National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Events

Oct 12 2019 – Dec 31 2020 all-day
12:00 am
Come and visit our ‘Dry Garden’. The Herbarium in Focus Permanent Exhibition in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, reveals the science and history behind this national collection of dried plant specimens and museum objects. Read[...]
Jan 1 @ 11:30 am – Jan 31 @ 4:00 pm
11:30 am
Discover some winter colour as we go on a stroll through the gardens and glasshouses. January is the ideal time to see some of our best South African and South American blooms, scented Chinese blossoms,[...]
Jan 18 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Ring in the New Year with a brisk stroll around the Gardens and learn how being in nature can affect our mental and physical well-being. Humans have evolved an instinctive bond with nature, which our[...]
Jan 18 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Shirely Lanigan has been visiting gardens professionally for over two decades. She will share insights into her favourites and ask what is the state of play in the world of Leinster gardens. Organised with the[...]
3:00 pm
Gary Mentanko, JFK Arboretum, travelled to Lofoten, a rugged yet beautiful archipelago which hosts a rich tapestry of plants in its uniquely mild climate to look at ‘the North’ through a lens of biology, culture,[...]
Jan 25 @ 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 colder winter months. Be sure to wear old clothes wince we may be making a mess! Suitable[...]
Jan 25 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Ring in the New Year with a brisk stroll around the Gardens and learn how being in nature can affect our mental and physical well-being. Humans have evolved an instinctive bond with nature, which our[...]
Feb 1 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
11:00 am
Come and see the technique behind making the traditional St Brigid’s cross with step-by-step instructions. Fresh rushes will be used and if there is enough on hand you will have a chance to make one[...]

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Celebrating a Sustainable Christmas at Glasnevin

Celebrating a Sustainable Christmas at Glasnevin

This year we have more festive events than ever, including a two day Eco Craft Market, concerts, themed tours, and of course visits to Santa Claus. From the beginning of December our festive displays will be up - the giant wreaths and Christmas tree in the Visitor...

Plant News from the 18th World Wildlife Conference

Plant News from the 18th World Wildlife Conference

by Dr Noeleen Smyth, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Elephants, Giraffes, Sharks, Frankincense, Rosewoods and Malawi Cedars…  What do all these have in common? These were some of the plant and animal species discussed at the world wildlife conference also known...

Vacancy – Curator at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

Vacancy – Curator at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED The OPW currently has a vacancy for Curator at the National Botanic Gardens. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin is Ireland’s leading botanical and horticultural institution, which cultivates a comprehensive collection of plants for...