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

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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.

Oct
3
Mon
Sculpture in Context 2022 @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Oct 3 all-day

The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin will host the 36th annual Sculpture in Context Exhibition free to the public from 1st September to  7th October inclusive. Bringing together the work of more than 120 artists using a wide range of media, these works of art represent the rich, diverse character of Irish and International contemporary sculpture. From the smallest, most intricate ceramic works to stone sculptures of monumental scale, visitors to the exhibition will be enriched by the experience of viewing such inspiring works in one location.

Exhibiting artists for 2022 include: Michael Quane RHA, Jen Donnery, Martin O’Keefe, Petr Holecek, Tracey McVerry and Fiona Smith. Sculpture in Context is a pivotal event in the Irish arts calendar and is the longest-running and largest sculpture exhibition in the country. It attracts a large public and critical audience and is the cultural highlight of the National Botanic Gardens calendar. Sculpture receives a spectacular presentation throughout 50 acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds with artworks displayed in the most unexpected and surprising places. Visitors can enjoy smaller sculptures exhibited in the glasshouses and in the gallery located above the restaurant in the Visitors’ Centre.

For more information see Sculpture in Context.

For all enquiries regarding accessibility or for Schools and Colleges guided tours and educational queries, please contact the Botanic Visitor Centre Reception at Tel.+353 1 804 0319 or by email botanicgardens@opw.ie 

Sculpture made of grey fliedstone showing a human carrying an creature on a horse.

Michael Quane – Horse Rider with Quadruped

Bronze curlew balancing on an old agricultureal wheel on a wooden plinth surrounding by bushes and trees.

Fiona Smith – Fragile Balance

Tall thin metal reflective sculpture - almost leaf shaped - with foliage and trees behind it.

Martin O’Keefe – Flame

Cermaic figure of Narcissuc lyeing on an rock peeringinto the water of a pond.

Jen Donnery – Echo & Narcissus

Five see through glass rectangular sculpture with red, blue and clear spirals, wavy lines and patterns on them, photographed against a pink and blue sunset sky.

Tracey McVerry – Flight of the Souls

4 metre long sculpture of a gold giant frog leaping into the pond

Petr Holecek – Quack Quack

Oct
4
Tue
Sculpture in Context 2022 @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Oct 4 all-day

The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin will host the 36th annual Sculpture in Context Exhibition free to the public from 1st September to  7th October inclusive. Bringing together the work of more than 120 artists using a wide range of media, these works of art represent the rich, diverse character of Irish and International contemporary sculpture. From the smallest, most intricate ceramic works to stone sculptures of monumental scale, visitors to the exhibition will be enriched by the experience of viewing such inspiring works in one location.

Exhibiting artists for 2022 include: Michael Quane RHA, Jen Donnery, Martin O’Keefe, Petr Holecek, Tracey McVerry and Fiona Smith. Sculpture in Context is a pivotal event in the Irish arts calendar and is the longest-running and largest sculpture exhibition in the country. It attracts a large public and critical audience and is the cultural highlight of the National Botanic Gardens calendar. Sculpture receives a spectacular presentation throughout 50 acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds with artworks displayed in the most unexpected and surprising places. Visitors can enjoy smaller sculptures exhibited in the glasshouses and in the gallery located above the restaurant in the Visitors’ Centre.

For more information see Sculpture in Context.

For all enquiries regarding accessibility or for Schools and Colleges guided tours and educational queries, please contact the Botanic Visitor Centre Reception at Tel.+353 1 804 0319 or by email botanicgardens@opw.ie 

Sculpture made of grey fliedstone showing a human carrying an creature on a horse.

Michael Quane – Horse Rider with Quadruped

Bronze curlew balancing on an old agricultureal wheel on a wooden plinth surrounding by bushes and trees.

Fiona Smith – Fragile Balance

Tall thin metal reflective sculpture - almost leaf shaped - with foliage and trees behind it.

Martin O’Keefe – Flame

Cermaic figure of Narcissuc lyeing on an rock peeringinto the water of a pond.

Jen Donnery – Echo & Narcissus

Five see through glass rectangular sculpture with red, blue and clear spirals, wavy lines and patterns on them, photographed against a pink and blue sunset sky.

Tracey McVerry – Flight of the Souls

4 metre long sculpture of a gold giant frog leaping into the pond

Petr Holecek – Quack Quack

Daily Guided Tours @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Oct 4 @ 11.30am – 12.30pm

Even in autumn, walking through the Gardens is a magnificent experience. Join our popular guided tour and discover the most rare, iconic, helpful, environmentally vital, and quirkiest plants of our collections. Our experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens.

By booking a tour, you affirm that, to the best of your knowledge, all members of your party have no symptoms of COVID-19.

Tours will take place with a minimum of 2 people. Children under 12 go free.

Unable to Attend? Please Cancel.

If you make a booking and find yourself unable to attend do please let us know

• by cancelling your reservation on Eventbrite – or

• by phoning us during opening hours at (01) 804 0319 or (01) 857 0909.

You’ll free a space for someone else to attend.

Four images, one of red orange, purple and green tomatoes, some of them striped, another image looking up into a bright green tree canopy, another of the rock garden with a windswept pine over head, and a fourth image is ca close up of bright purple autumn crocuses with the palm house in the background. There is a panel in the centre of the four images with Autumn Daily Guided Tours on it.

Daily Guided Tours @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Oct 4 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Even in autumn, walking through the Gardens is a magnificent experience. Join our popular guided tour and discover the most rare, iconic, helpful, environmentally vital, and quirkiest plants of our collections. Our experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens.

By booking a tour, you affirm that, to the best of your knowledge, all members of your party have no symptoms of COVID-19.

Tours will take place with a minimum of 2 people. Children under 12 go free.

Unable to Attend? Please Cancel.

If you make a booking and find yourself unable to attend do please let us know

• by cancelling your reservation on Eventbrite – or

• by phoning us during opening hours at (01) 804 0319 or (01) 857 0909.

You’ll free a space for someone else to attend.

Four images, one of red orange, purple and green tomatoes, some of them striped, another image looking up into a bright green tree canopy, another of the rock garden with a windswept pine over head, and a fourth image is ca close up of bright purple autumn crocuses with the palm house in the background. There is a panel in the centre of the four images with Autumn Daily Guided Tours on it.

Oct
5
Wed
Sculpture in Context 2022 @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Oct 5 all-day

The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin will host the 36th annual Sculpture in Context Exhibition free to the public from 1st September to  7th October inclusive. Bringing together the work of more than 120 artists using a wide range of media, these works of art represent the rich, diverse character of Irish and International contemporary sculpture. From the smallest, most intricate ceramic works to stone sculptures of monumental scale, visitors to the exhibition will be enriched by the experience of viewing such inspiring works in one location.

Exhibiting artists for 2022 include: Michael Quane RHA, Jen Donnery, Martin O’Keefe, Petr Holecek, Tracey McVerry and Fiona Smith. Sculpture in Context is a pivotal event in the Irish arts calendar and is the longest-running and largest sculpture exhibition in the country. It attracts a large public and critical audience and is the cultural highlight of the National Botanic Gardens calendar. Sculpture receives a spectacular presentation throughout 50 acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds with artworks displayed in the most unexpected and surprising places. Visitors can enjoy smaller sculptures exhibited in the glasshouses and in the gallery located above the restaurant in the Visitors’ Centre.

For more information see Sculpture in Context.

For all enquiries regarding accessibility or for Schools and Colleges guided tours and educational queries, please contact the Botanic Visitor Centre Reception at Tel.+353 1 804 0319 or by email botanicgardens@opw.ie 

Sculpture made of grey fliedstone showing a human carrying an creature on a horse.

Michael Quane – Horse Rider with Quadruped

Bronze curlew balancing on an old agricultureal wheel on a wooden plinth surrounding by bushes and trees.

Fiona Smith – Fragile Balance

Tall thin metal reflective sculpture - almost leaf shaped - with foliage and trees behind it.

Martin O’Keefe – Flame

Cermaic figure of Narcissuc lyeing on an rock peeringinto the water of a pond.

Jen Donnery – Echo & Narcissus

Five see through glass rectangular sculpture with red, blue and clear spirals, wavy lines and patterns on them, photographed against a pink and blue sunset sky.

Tracey McVerry – Flight of the Souls

4 metre long sculpture of a gold giant frog leaping into the pond

Petr Holecek – Quack Quack

Daily Guided Tours @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Oct 5 @ 11.30am – 12.30pm

Even in autumn, walking through the Gardens is a magnificent experience. Join our popular guided tour and discover the most rare, iconic, helpful, environmentally vital, and quirkiest plants of our collections. Our experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens.

By booking a tour, you affirm that, to the best of your knowledge, all members of your party have no symptoms of COVID-19.

Tours will take place with a minimum of 2 people. Children under 12 go free.

Unable to Attend? Please Cancel.

If you make a booking and find yourself unable to attend do please let us know

• by cancelling your reservation on Eventbrite – or

• by phoning us during opening hours at (01) 804 0319 or (01) 857 0909.

You’ll free a space for someone else to attend.

Four images, one of red orange, purple and green tomatoes, some of them striped, another image looking up into a bright green tree canopy, another of the rock garden with a windswept pine over head, and a fourth image is ca close up of bright purple autumn crocuses with the palm house in the background. There is a panel in the centre of the four images with Autumn Daily Guided Tours on it.

Daily Guided Tours @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Oct 5 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Even in autumn, walking through the Gardens is a magnificent experience. Join our popular guided tour and discover the most rare, iconic, helpful, environmentally vital, and quirkiest plants of our collections. Our experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens.

By booking a tour, you affirm that, to the best of your knowledge, all members of your party have no symptoms of COVID-19.

Tours will take place with a minimum of 2 people. Children under 12 go free.

Unable to Attend? Please Cancel.

If you make a booking and find yourself unable to attend do please let us know

• by cancelling your reservation on Eventbrite – or

• by phoning us during opening hours at (01) 804 0319 or (01) 857 0909.

You’ll free a space for someone else to attend.

Four images, one of red orange, purple and green tomatoes, some of them striped, another image looking up into a bright green tree canopy, another of the rock garden with a windswept pine over head, and a fourth image is ca close up of bright purple autumn crocuses with the palm house in the background. There is a panel in the centre of the four images with Autumn Daily Guided Tours on it.

Oct
6
Thu
Sculpture in Context 2022 @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Oct 6 all-day

The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin will host the 36th annual Sculpture in Context Exhibition free to the public from 1st September to  7th October inclusive. Bringing together the work of more than 120 artists using a wide range of media, these works of art represent the rich, diverse character of Irish and International contemporary sculpture. From the smallest, most intricate ceramic works to stone sculptures of monumental scale, visitors to the exhibition will be enriched by the experience of viewing such inspiring works in one location.

Exhibiting artists for 2022 include: Michael Quane RHA, Jen Donnery, Martin O’Keefe, Petr Holecek, Tracey McVerry and Fiona Smith. Sculpture in Context is a pivotal event in the Irish arts calendar and is the longest-running and largest sculpture exhibition in the country. It attracts a large public and critical audience and is the cultural highlight of the National Botanic Gardens calendar. Sculpture receives a spectacular presentation throughout 50 acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds with artworks displayed in the most unexpected and surprising places. Visitors can enjoy smaller sculptures exhibited in the glasshouses and in the gallery located above the restaurant in the Visitors’ Centre.

For more information see Sculpture in Context.

For all enquiries regarding accessibility or for Schools and Colleges guided tours and educational queries, please contact the Botanic Visitor Centre Reception at Tel.+353 1 804 0319 or by email botanicgardens@opw.ie 

Sculpture made of grey fliedstone showing a human carrying an creature on a horse.

Michael Quane – Horse Rider with Quadruped

Bronze curlew balancing on an old agricultureal wheel on a wooden plinth surrounding by bushes and trees.

Fiona Smith – Fragile Balance

Tall thin metal reflective sculpture - almost leaf shaped - with foliage and trees behind it.

Martin O’Keefe – Flame

Cermaic figure of Narcissuc lyeing on an rock peeringinto the water of a pond.

Jen Donnery – Echo & Narcissus

Five see through glass rectangular sculpture with red, blue and clear spirals, wavy lines and patterns on them, photographed against a pink and blue sunset sky.

Tracey McVerry – Flight of the Souls

4 metre long sculpture of a gold giant frog leaping into the pond

Petr Holecek – Quack Quack

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Dublin Fringe Festival: Remnant Ecologies – Jony Easterby

Dublin Fringe Festival: Remnant Ecologies – Jony Easterby

An exclusive night-time adventure in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. This meditative and immersive night-walk will guide you through a series of light and sound installations, exploring Dublin’s iconic Botanic Gardens as you have never seen them before....