Daily Guided Tours
(Updated August 2021)
Tours are back and are currently free of charge! Booking essential.
Join our one of our popular guided tours and discover the most iconic, helpful, and quirky plants of our collections. Our experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens.
This place serves as a centre for horticultural research and training, including the breeding of many prized orchids. Entrance is free and it’s really really nice when you go in the right season and you can see the flowers. I did go off season as well and it’s very good. I’ve been there a couple of times and now just writing about it makes me want to go again!
I always loved Botanic Gardens in Dublin, but the new addition of “Sculpture in Context” elevates the experience even further. It’s like a game of hide and seek, where you keep on discovering new sculptures behind every corner, hidden amongst the trees or in the stream.
Gardens are definitely worth visiting if you’re in Dublin and they are beautiful in every season. If it rains, beautiful greenhouses are there to offer protection. Facilities are also good with a nice cafe to sit in and enjoy a cup of tea after all your art and nature explorations. Bonus points if you find the rag (fairy) tree.
Definitely do a tour! Spent a Saturday morning here on my own and wisely booked a guided tour. The guide was super informative, and tailored the tour to the things we might find most interesting and in order to get the best out of the fine weather we were lucky to have that day. Tip: booking a tour is the only way you can get inside the replica Viking house, which was super fun for the kids (and adults, lets be real).