The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

A Nineteenth-Century Arboretum

Welcome to Kilmacurragh

The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh occupies a large estate planted 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.

Open Daily

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!



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