The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin

An Oasis of Calm in the City

Welcome to Glasnevin

Located just three kilometres from Dublin City Centre, the National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty, and entry is free. A premier scientific institution, the gardens also contain the National Herbarium and several historic wrought iron glasshouses.

The National Botanic Gardens are noted for a fine plant collections holding over 15,000 plant species and cultivars from a variety of habitats from all around the world. The Gardens are also famous for the exquisitely restored and planted glasshouses, notably the Turner Curvilinear Range and the Great Palm House.

 The Garden Tearoom is open with limited seating and for takeaway food and drinks. The Glasshouses, Visitor Centre, and Herbarium Exhibition are now open again.

Open Daily

Glasnevin is open all year round, every day, except for Christmas Day.

The Gardens are free to enter and explore.

 

What’s On

Jan
28
Sat
Themed Guided Tour: Biophilia @ National Botanic Gardens
Jan 28 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Our ever-popular Biophilia Tour returns to the Gardens for a few weeks only! Shift some of the winter cobwebs, engage your senses in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings, and learn about how and why spending time around nature and natural processes can help us stay healthy in our daily lives.

 

Jan
29
Sun
Demonstration: How to Make a Brigid’s Cross @ National Botanic Gardens
Jan 29 @ 12.00pm – 2.30pm

Come and see the technique behind making the traditional Brigid’s cross with step-by-step guidance, using fresh rushes. if we have enough on hand, you may have a chance to make one too!

Free event, no bookings required

Gallery Space, Education & Visitor Centre.

Féile Bhríde at the Gardens in conjunction with Brigit 2023, Dublin City Celebrating Women.

Feb
1
Wed
Art Installation: Brat Bhríde @ National Botanic Gardens
Feb 1 – Feb 6 all-day

On Wednesday 1st February the National Botanic Gardens will be creating a Brat Bhríde, a land based temporary art installation with primary school students from Glasnevin. Taking inspiration from different forms of Brigit/Brigid/Bríd we will co-create a Brat Bhríde using materials gathered from the land which will spread itself across the arboretum. Visitors will be able to view this temporary installation over the following days of the Brigit 2023 Festival which runs until the new national bank holiday Monday 6th February.

Féile Bhríde at the Gardens in conjunction with Brigit 2023: Dublin City Celebrating Women.

Lecture: Irish Women and Plants @ National Botanic Gardens
Feb 1 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm

As part of Brigit 2023, we celebrate Irish women through the ages. Bríd the Goddess and Saint Brigid are associated with healing and the divine feminine. Indeed women gathered significant knowledge of plants and their medicinal uses as part of their traditional caregiving role, their empirical findings passed on from generation to generation. When botany emerged as a discipline, Irish women made notable contributions to the field despite disadvantages in education, promotion, and attire. This presentation by Charlotte Salter-Townshend traces a path from the wise women of earlier ages to scientific pioneers such as Ellen Hutchins, Ireland’s first female botanist and Matilda Knowles, the first female Curator of the National Herbarium.

Féile Bríde at the Gardens in conjunction with Brigit 2023: Dublin City Celebrating Women Festival

 

 

Feb
4
Sat
Lecture: Irish Women and Plants @ National Botanic Gardens
Feb 4 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm

As part of Brigit 2023, we celebrate Irish women through the ages. Bríd the Goddess and Saint Brigid are associated with healing and the divine feminine. Indeed women gathered significant knowledge of plants and their medicinal uses as part of their traditional caregiving role, their empirical findings passed on from generation to generation. When botany emerged as a discipline, Irish women made notable contributions to the field despite disadvantages in education, promotion, and attire. This presentation by Charlotte Salter-Townshend traces a path from the wise women of earlier ages to scientific pioneers such as Ellen Hutchins, Ireland’s first female botanist and Matilda Knowles, the first female Curator of the National Herbarium.

Féile Bríde at the Gardens in conjunction with Brigit 2023: Dublin City Celebrating Women Festival

 

 

Feb
5
Sun
Guided tour: Féile Bhríde – History, Mystery & Magic @ National Botanic Gardens
Feb 5 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Discover the many and varied tales associated with Brigid in Ireland, her links with the ancient Festival of Imbolc, and spot signs of spring emerging in the Gardens. This tour is run in conjunction with Brigit 2023: Dublin City Celebrating Women.

Féile Bhríde at the Gardens in conjunction with Brigit 2023: Dublin City Celebrating Women.

Feb
6
Mon
Guided tour: Féile Bhríde – History, Mystery & Magic @ National Botanic Gardens
Feb 6 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Discover the many and varied tales associated with Brigid in Ireland, her links with the ancient Festival of Imbolc, and spot signs of spring emerging in the Gardens. This tour is run in conjunction with Brigit 2023: Dublin City Celebrating Women.

Féile Bhríde at the Gardens in conjunction with Brigit 2023: Dublin City Celebrating Women.

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Remember

The primary role of the Gardens is as a scientific collection. As a consequence we do not allow dogs, picnics, bicycles, fishing, ball games, jogging or running, nor the playing of musical instruments or recorded music.