Welcome to the National Botanic Gardens – We Are Open!

During the current COVID restrictions (edited September 2021), we are pleased to welcome visitors to the Gardens, from 10am to 5pm on weekdays and 10am to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays (Glasnevin), and 9am to 5pm (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 in the Courtyard 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.

Find out more about our Halloween events here: https://botanicgardens.ie/calendar/ 







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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.

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

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Resources for Schools – Tree Journal Activity Pack

Resources for Schools – Tree Journal Activity Pack

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Self-Guided Biodiversity Trail

Self-Guided Biodiversity Trail

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