The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

An Eighteenth-Century Arboretum

Welcome to Kilmacurragh

During Level 5 Covid restrictions, The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh are still open. Our tour season has come to an end but there is still lots to explore.

The Gardens lies within an 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 conifer and rhododendron collections.

Read latest Kilmacurragh-related blog post:

Rhododendron ‘Thomas Acton’ registered with the Royal Horticultural Society, March 2020 »

Winter (1st Nov—mid-Feb)

Mon—Sun: 9:00—16:30
Last entry at 16:00

Summer (mid-Feb—Oct)

Mon—Sun: 09:00—16:30
Last entry at 16:00

Further details on 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 (currently takeaway only). Guided tours are available during the summer season.

We hope you enjoy your visit!