The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

An Eighteenth-Century Arboretum

Welcome to Kilmacurragh

The National Botanic Gardens at both Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh are reopening on Monday, May 18th.

The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh occupies a large estate developed extensively during the nineteeth century by Thomas Acton in conjunction with David Moore and his son Sir Frederick Moore, Curators of the National Botanic Gardens at that time. It was a period of great botanical and geographical explorations with numerous plant species from around the world being introduced to Ireland for the first time. The different soil and climatic conditions at Kilmacurragh resulted in many of these specimens succeeding there while struggling or failing at Glasnevin. Kilmacurragh is particularly famous for its conifers and rhododendron collections.

Read our latest blog post related to Kilmacurragh: Rhododendron ‘Thomas Acton’ registered with the Royal Horticultural Society, March 2020 »

Open Daily

Current Opening Hours »

Kilmacurragh is open all year round, every day, except for Christmas Day. The grounds are free to enter and explore, and Acton Café offers coffee and lunches on site. Guided tours are available during the summer season.

We hope you enjoy your visit!

Due to the National Coronavirus emergency, all tours at Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh are suspended until the end of August.