Tour Times: Friday 11 October tours starting at 2.30pm & 3.30pm; Sunday 13 October tours starting at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
This beautiful long, low range of glasshouses is one of Ireland’s most renowned architectural treasures. It was manufactured and for the most part built by the great Dublin Ironmaster and engineer Richard Turner, who also is responsible for the Palm Houses at Kew Gardens and Belfast’s Botanic Gardens.
Started in 1843, the first phase was completed in time for the visit of Queen Victoria to Ireland in 1849. In the 1990s it was fully restored by the Office of Public Works, with particular care being taken to restore the building faithfully in all its facets. It won the Europa Nostra Award for innovation in faithful restoration of a historic building in 1997.
This is the most important building in the National Botanic Gardens, and its central dome was featured for many years on Irish stamps.
Tours are Free and last approximately 30 minutes. First come, first served.
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