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The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, are open every day, all year round.

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh is open daily from 9am to 5:00pm, with last entry to the garden at 4:30pm. The Acton Café is open for take-away coffees and food (updated March 2021).

The estate arboretum, walks, and garden are open every day throughout the year except 25 December (Christmas Day). There is no admission fee to walk and explore.

The safety of visitors and staff is our priority, and to comply with Government Guidelines on social distancing we may need to close the garden at very busy times and when this happens, we will wait for some visitors to leave before allowing more to enter. Any groups wishing to use the gardens for learning activities (such as painting or photography) must call us first to arrange a time to visit and to learn more about the guidelines for group use.

Please note that the usual rules apply: dogs must be kept on a leash; no ball games are allowed, sports, bicycles, tricycles, scooters, or other vehicles (except wheelchairs); no kites or drones.

We will keep you all updated as we enter different phases of the Government’s Covid-19 plan.

Click here for Acton Café opening hours.

Guided walks are currently suspended, but will resume once covid-restrictions allow.

Winter (1st Nov—mid-Feb)

Mon—Sun: 9:00—16:30
Last entry at 16:00

Summer (mid-Feb—Oct)

Mon—Sun: 09:00—17:00
Last entry at 16:30


Rhododendron Week

12-18th April 

An on-line event with video-stories and on-line talks to celebrate the remarkable rhododendron collections of Kilmacurragh…