Welcome to the National Botanic Gardens

 

 The National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin are currently open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and 10am to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays. The Gardens at Kilmacurragh are open 9am to 5pm daily. 

At Glasnevin, The Garden Tearoom is open for both seated and takeaway options. The cemetery gate is open. The Glasshouses, Visitor Centre, and Herbarium & Library have reopened after a period of closure due to COVID-19. 

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.

Please note that the usual rules apply: no dogs (except guide dogs), no ball games, picnics, sports, bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates, micro-scooters, balance bikes and other vehicles (except wheelchairs).

 

Opening Hours

For Glasnevin »

For Kilmacurragh »

Tours

At Glasnevin »

At Kilmacurragh »

 

Visitor Centre Reception

Please use the Visitor Centre phone number or email to enquire about all events, educational, or accessibility queries:
+353 1 804 0319 botanicgardens@opw.ie

 What’s On

Upcoming events below and our calendar page.

May
19
Thu
Biodiversity Week Tour: Alien Arrivals @ National Botanic Gardens
May 19 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Invasive alien species are said to be one of the primary causes of the global decline in biodiversity. But what exactly are alien species, where do they come from, and how have they become problematic? This Biodiversity Week, join us at the National Botanic Gardens for a walk and talk to discover some of the alien species that have colonised Ireland. Learn to recognise and record some of the most important invasive species that occur locally, understand their impacts on Irish ecosystems and discuss potential solutions to this global challenge.

May
20
Fri
Biodiversity Week Tour: Pollinator Paradise @ National Botanic Gardens
May 20 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm

What do bees, bats, birds, lizards and humans all have in common? They are linked through the phenomenon of pollination, plants using animals to carry their pollen from flower to flower, giving rise to new plants, for a price. This Biodiversity Week, take a guided tour of the Gardens, and uncover the heroes, tricksters and villains of the world of pollination.

Biodiversity Week: Bat Walk at the Gardens with the Irish Wildlife Trust @ National Botanic Gardens
May 20 @ 9.15pm – 10.45pm

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust for a free National Biodiversity Week event hosted by the National Botanic Gardens. At this exciting evening bat walk you will have the opportunity to walk the National Botanic Gardens at dusk with an Irish Wildlife Trust guide in search of beautiful bats. We will learn about the life cycle of these fascinating creatures and hopefully get to see and hear some of the bats of the Bots.

Please bring warm clothes as this event takes place after sunset. Children are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

May
21
Sat
Biodiversity Week: Dawn Chorus at the Gardens @ National Botanic Gardens
May 21 @ 5.00am – 6.30am

Every May, the sweet and wild song of the dawn chorus reaches its height, as birds proclaim their presence to welcome the new day. Join us for this unique early morning event at the National Botanic Gardens for Biodiversity Week, and witness the sound of the dawn in this haven of the city.

Note: Booking essential – see Eventbrite or click on ticket link for details. Wrap up warm as the early morning can be chilly, and sunshine is not guaranteed! Families are welcome, though we do ask that everyone can stay quiet for the birds on the day. And although this is all about the sound, bring binoculars if you have them, to better spot the birds!


Biodiversity Week Tour: Pollinator Paradise @ National Botanic Gardens
May 21 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm

What do bees, bats, birds, lizards and humans all have in common? They are linked through the phenomenon of pollination, plants using animals to carry their pollen from flower to flower, giving rise to new plants, for a price. This Biodiversity Week, take a guided tour of the Gardens, and uncover the heroes, tricksters and villains of the world of pollination.

May
22
Sun
Kids’ Drop by Activities @ National Botanic Gardens
May 22 @ 11.00am – 4.00pm
Kids' Drop by Activities @ National Botanic Gardens
We are delighted to announce that our Drop by Activities are back!
Kids, join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Erasmus Education Garden. Each week we will have a different activity to help you to become an expert gardener. Sow your own vegetable and flower seeds or re-use everyday things to create your own piece of eco-art. Check in to our facebook page for updates on each weeks activity.
Suitable from ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown-up!
Times: 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.30pm & 4.00pm
No booking required, first-come first-served. Please note that you must book a separate workshop if you wish to bring a group of children (six or more)
May
29
Sun
Kids’ Drop by Activities @ National Botanic Gardens
May 29 @ 11.00am – 4.00pm
Kids' Drop by Activities @ National Botanic Gardens
We are delighted to announce that our Drop by Activities are back!
Kids, join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Erasmus Education Garden. Each week we will have a different activity to help you to become an expert gardener. Sow your own vegetable and flower seeds or re-use everyday things to create your own piece of eco-art. Check in to our facebook page for updates on each weeks activity.
Suitable from ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown-up!
Times: 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.30pm & 4.00pm
No booking required, first-come first-served. Please note that you must book a separate workshop if you wish to bring a group of children (six or more)
Jun
5
Sun
Kids’ Drop by Activities @ National Botanic Gardens
Jun 5 @ 11.00am – 4.00pm
Kids' Drop by Activities @ National Botanic Gardens
We are delighted to announce that our Drop by Activities are back!
Kids, join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Erasmus Education Garden. Each week we will have a different activity to help you to become an expert gardener. Sow your own vegetable and flower seeds or re-use everyday things to create your own piece of eco-art. Check in to our facebook page for updates on each weeks activity.
Suitable from ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown-up!
Times: 11.00am, 11.30am, 3.30pm & 4.00pm
No booking required, first-come first-served. Please note that you must book a separate workshop if you wish to bring a group of children (six or more)

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Hello Spring trail

Hello Spring trail

Visiting the Botanic Gardens and looking for an activity for the kids? Check out this brand new trail and discover the joys of spring. When printing, please print on both sides of the page and then you can fold it into a neat little booklet. Alternatively, pick up a...

Rhododendron Week 2022

2 – 10 April 2022 Events brought to you by the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland and the Office of Public Works. See botanicgardens.ie/calendar for event details.  https://youtu.be/V_jPipvGpC0 In early April the gardens at Kilmacurragh are marked by the splendour of...

Irish Heritage Plants awarded National Plant Collection Status

Irish Heritage Plants awarded National Plant Collection Status

A collection of 1,000 plants managed by the Irish Garden Plant Society (IGPS) has been awarded National Plant Collection status by Plant Heritage. Plant Heritage is a UK based organisation who work to conserve the diversity of garden plants. The Irish Garden Plant...