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.

Aug
14
Sun
Heritage Week: Drop-By Workshop – Pine Cone Creatures @ National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin
Aug 14 @ 11.00am – 12.00pm

Come along to our pine cone creature Drop-By in the Children’s Garden as part of Heritage Week 2022, and see what mini beasts you can create from natural materials!

Suitable from ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown up. No booking is needed. The drop-by is on from 11am to 12noon and from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. 

Daily Guided Tours @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Aug 14 @ 11.30am – 12.30pm

Discover the seasonal highlights of the Gardens as well as some of the most remarkable plants in our collections. Summer blooms burst forth, wildflowers thrive and lush green foliage clothes the branches. Transport yourself to different climes in the glasshouses and admire their light-filled elegance. 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.

Heritage Week: Kilmacurragh Wellness Walk @ Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens
Aug 14 @ 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Slow down, awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. at Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens. Lockdowns and self-isolation during the Covid pandemic have been difficult for everyone and have made us more aware of the importance of physical and mental wellbeing. This guided walk will encourage participants to slow down, awaken your senses and reconnect with nature.

Sunday 14th August 2022 at 12noon

Sunday 21st August 2022 at 12noon

Free Event. Booking essential at Eventbrite

Suitable outdoor clothing/footwear essential. Meeting point at the main entrance to the gardens (near the café). Duration: 1.5-2hr.

Daily Guided Tours @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Aug 14 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Discover the seasonal highlights of the Gardens as well as some of the most remarkable plants in our collections. Summer blooms burst forth, wildflowers thrive and lush green foliage clothes the branches. Transport yourself to different climes in the glasshouses and admire their light-filled elegance. 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.

Heritage Week: Drop-By Workshop – Pine Cone Creatures @ National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin
Aug 14 @ 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Come along to our pine cone creature Drop-By in the Children’s Garden as part of Heritage Week 2022, and see what mini beasts you can create from natural materials!

Suitable from ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown up. No booking is needed. The drop-by is on from 11am to 12noon and from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. 

Aug
15
Mon
Daily Guided Tours @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Aug 15 @ 11.30am – 12.30pm

Discover the seasonal highlights of the Gardens as well as some of the most remarkable plants in our collections. Summer blooms burst forth, wildflowers thrive and lush green foliage clothes the branches. Transport yourself to different climes in the glasshouses and admire their light-filled elegance. 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.

Heritage Week: Family Workshop Delve Deeper @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Aug 15 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Explore the natural world with the eyes of a child and the aid of a microscope! Families, join us this Heritage Week for an insightful workshop exploring the natural world as you’ve never seen before! Start with an exploratory walk in the Gardens, collecting specimens with our expert guides, then take an in-depth look at our newfound treasures using child-friendly handheld digital microscopes. This is a free event as part of Heritage Week 2022.

Booking is essential! To book please register on Eventbrite.

Four images. One of a close up of a purple plant on a computer screen, the next another close up of yellow lichen. The next image is pine caones, rosemary sprigs, salvia leaves and other plant material, while the last image is a microscope shining onto a bright pink sanguisorba

Heritage Week: Nature’s Medicine Chest – Themed Guided Tour @ National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Aug 15 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Traditional Folk medicine is Ireland is a practice we have lost connection with in modern times. Join our special Heritage Week 2022 themed tour Nature’s Medicine Chest to explore the traditions and customs associated with folk medicine through a selection of some of our most well-known native medicinal plants. 

Booking essential on Eventbrite or in person (cash only) at the Visitor Centre.

The Botanic Gardens Blog

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

Coming Soon: National Heritage Week 2022

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Rhododendron Week 2022

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