Kilmacurragh Arboretum

Kilmacurragh Arboretum Kilbride, Co. Wicklow, has been managed by the National Botanic Gardens since 1996. It is particularly famous for its conifers and calcifuges and was planted during the 19th Century by Thomas Acton in association with the curators of the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin. During the early part of the twentieth century the Kilmacurragh Arboretum estate passed from the hands of the Acton family and fell into a state of neglect. In 1970 the property was taken over by the land commission. A 58 acre portion comprising the house, arboretum, walled garden and entrance drive-way was handed over to the Forest and Wildlife Service. Coillte still manages the walled gardens and some 20 acres of seed orchards as part of its forest tree genetics programme.


Kilmacurragh Arboretum Events

A number of events take place at Kilmacurragh Arboretum every year. They include workshops, guided tours and a family day.


Kilmacurragh Arboretum Guided Tour

A walk through the collections at Kilmacurragh Arboretum exploring the evolution of plants, in celebration of the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth.

Classification :    Guided Tour  /   All ages 


Dates :  Guided toures are available daily


Time :  12.00 – 15.00  Meet in the car park

Admission :    Free 


Booking:    Numbers are limited so advance booking is essential  Tel .   0404 48844       


Familyfun Tip :   Book Early



Family Event – Garden Bird safari

Join well-known author Glynn Anderson on a bird safari of the Arboretum, exploring facts, folklore and the history of Irish birds. Come and discover what birds are here in spring. This event is suitable for all the family; bring binoculars if you have them.

Classification :    Family Tour  /   All Ages


Dates :/ Time     Sunday 9 May  /   11.30


Admission :    Free 


Booking:    Numbers are limited so advance booking is essential  Tel .   0404 48844       


Familyfun Tip :   Book Early



Kilmacurragh Arboretum Location:

Kilmacurragh Arboretum is located 3km from the N11 road south from Dublin. Turn right at the Beehive pub, or the Tap Inn.



Kilmacurragh Arboretum Open Times

Winter (mid-Nov to mid-Feb)

  • Mon-Sat 9:00-16:30
  • Sunday 11:00-16:30

Summer (mid-Feb to mid-Nov)

  • Mon-Sat 09:00-18:00
  • Sunday 11:00-18:00

GUIDED TOURS are available Daly at 12 noon or 15.00. Meet in the Car Park

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