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

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

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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.