Welcome to the National Botanic Gardens – We Are Open!

 

During the current COVID restrictions (edited January 2022), we are pleased to welcome visitors to the Gardens, from 10am to 4.30pm on weekdays and on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays (Glasnevin), and 9am to 4.30pm (Kilmacurragh), Monday to Friday, weekends, and bank holidays.

The safety of visitors and staff is our priority, and in order to adhere to Government Guidelines there will be a limit on the numbers of visitors allowed to enter at any given time. At Glasnevin, the Car Park, some of the toilets, and Cemetery Gate have reopened but the Glasshouses and Herbarium & Library will remain closed for the time being.

For more info on the Café, click here. Toilets are available on the side of the Visitor Centre next to the main pedestrian entrance.

To ensure adequate social distancing we have organised separate entry and exit points to the Gardens and in to the Café.

Bear in mind that there may be delays entering the Gardens. We may need to close the gardens for short periods if the Gardens reach capacity. Once this happens we will wait for some visitors to leave before allowing more to enter.

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).

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Hours

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Tours

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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.

Jan
26
Wed
Daily Guided Tours @ National Botanic Gardens
Jan 26 @ 11.30am

Booking Essential: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/219791300697

Cost: €5 per person, children under 12 go free.

Times: 11.30am and 3.00pm. Tours last approx. 1 hour.

Brighten up your winter day with a guided tour of our seasonal plants looking their best at the moment as well as some of the most remarkable plants in our collections. Our experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens.

Please note that for now the glasshouses remain closed to the public, so our tours will take place outdoors.

Themed Guided Tour: Biophilia @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Jan 26 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm

It is believed that humans have evolved to have an instinctive bond with nature, one which our increasingly urbanised life threatens to disrupt. Join us for a brisk stroll around the Gardens and learn about the effect that plants have on our physical and mental states as well as the social benefits this exposure brings to us.

Booking Essential. Tickets on Eventbrite
Meet at the front door of the Palm House at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin.

Please note that for now the glasshouses remain closed to the public, so our tours will take place outdoors.

Jan
27
Thu
Daily Guided Tours @ National Botanic Gardens
Jan 27 @ 11.30am

Booking Essential: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/219791300697

Cost: €5 per person, children under 12 go free.

Times: 11.30am and 3.00pm. Tours last approx. 1 hour.

Brighten up your winter day with a guided tour of our seasonal plants looking their best at the moment as well as some of the most remarkable plants in our collections. Our experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens.

Please note that for now the glasshouses remain closed to the public, so our tours will take place outdoors.

Jan
28
Fri
Daily Guided Tours @ National Botanic Gardens
Jan 28 @ 11.30am

Booking Essential: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/219791300697

Cost: €5 per person, children under 12 go free.

Times: 11.30am and 3.00pm. Tours last approx. 1 hour.

Brighten up your winter day with a guided tour of our seasonal plants looking their best at the moment as well as some of the most remarkable plants in our collections. Our experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens.

Please note that for now the glasshouses remain closed to the public, so our tours will take place outdoors.

Jan
29
Sat
Daily Guided Tours @ National Botanic Gardens
Jan 29 @ 11.30am

Booking Essential: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/219791300697

Cost: €5 per person, children under 12 go free.

Times: 11.30am and 3.00pm. Tours last approx. 1 hour.

Brighten up your winter day with a guided tour of our seasonal plants looking their best at the moment as well as some of the most remarkable plants in our collections. Our experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens.

Please note that for now the glasshouses remain closed to the public, so our tours will take place outdoors.

Themed Guided Tour: Biophilia @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Jan 29 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm

It is believed that humans have evolved to have an instinctive bond with nature, one which our increasingly urbanised life threatens to disrupt. Join us for a brisk stroll around the Gardens and learn about the effect that plants have on our physical and mental states as well as the social benefits this exposure brings to us.

Booking Essential. Tickets on Eventbrite
Meet at the front door of the Palm House at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin.

Please note that for now the glasshouses remain closed to the public, so our tours will take place outdoors.

Jan
30
Sun
Daily Guided Tours @ National Botanic Gardens
Jan 30 @ 11.30am

Booking Essential: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/219791300697

Cost: €5 per person, children under 12 go free.

Times: 11.30am and 3.00pm. Tours last approx. 1 hour.

Brighten up your winter day with a guided tour of our seasonal plants looking their best at the moment as well as some of the most remarkable plants in our collections. Our experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens.

Please note that for now the glasshouses remain closed to the public, so our tours will take place outdoors.

Themed Guided Tour: Brigid’s Day – History, Mystery, and Magic @ National Botanic Gardens
Jan 30 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Traditionally, 1 February is the first day of spring in Ireland. Now often known as St Brigid’s Day, this celebration has deeper roots in the ancient festival of Imbolc.
In the Celtic calendar, Imbolc landed about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It was one of four significant cross-quarters (days halfway between a solstice and an equinox) – the others being Bealtaine, Lughnasadh, and Samhain (better known as Halloween).
Imbolc is a time when fertility returns to the earth and the barren winter landscape begins to change. In the Gardens, we note the first stirrings of spring. On this tour, we will explore some of the fascinating folklore surrounding this festival and similar spring traditions from other parts of the world, all while breathing in the fresh growth of the Gardens.

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