The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

An Eighteenth-Century Arboretum

Welcome to Kilmacurragh

The Gardens lies within an estate developed extensively during the nineteeth century by Thomas Acton in conjunction with David Moore and his son Sir Frederick Moore, Curators of the National Botanic Gardens at that time. It was a period of great botanical and geographical explorations with numerous plant species from around the world being introduced to Ireland for the first time. The different soil and climatic conditions at Kilmacurragh resulted in many of these specimens succeeding there while struggling or failing at Glasnevin. Kilmacurragh is particularly famous for its conifer and rhododendron collections.

Latest Kilmacurragh News:

Please note that the gardens are very busy at present, particularly at weekends. We may be obliged to close the gates at times and operate a one-in, one-out policy to control numbers and apologise for this. 

Guides tours are back and free of charge. Tours take place daily at 12noon and at 3pm. Please note that numbers are limited. Enquiries to: kilmacurraghgardens@opw.ie and (0404) 48844. Suitable outdoor clothing/footwear advised.

Rhododendron ‘Thomas Acton’ registered with the Royal Horticultural Society, March 2020 »

We are open daily

Summer (mid-Feb—Oct)
Mon—Sun: 09:00—17:00
Last entry at 16:30

Winter (Oct 27—mid-Feb)
Mon—Sun: 9:00—16:30

Further details on Opening Hours »

Kilmacurragh is open all year round, every day, except for Christmas Day. The grounds are free to enter and explore, and Acton Café offers coffee and lunches on site (currently takeaway only).

We hope you enjoy your visit!