National Botanic Gardens

The National Botanic Gardens is noted for its fine plant collections holding over 15,000 plant species and cultivars from a variety of habitats from all around the world were founded by the Royal Dublin Society in 1795
Famous for its exquisitely restored and planted glasshouses, notably the Turner Curvilinear Range and the Great Palm House, both recipients of the Europa Nostra award for excellence in conservation architecture.
Visitors can enjoy such features as the Herbaceous borders, rose and rock gardens, the alpine yard, the pond area, and the arboretum. Conservation plays an important role in the life of the botanic garden and Glasnevin is home to over 300 endangered plant species from around the world including 6 species, which are already extinct in the wild.

The National Botanic Gardens came into state care in 1878 and since then have been administered variously by the Department of Art and Industry, the Department of Agriculture, Dúchas the Heritage Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage the Gaeltacht and the Islands, and the Office of Public Works (OPW), which currrently has responsibility for the Gardens.

National Botanic Gardens Opening Times And Admission

The adimission to the gardens is FREE

  • Winter – November to February –  Monday – Sunday -09.00 – 16.30
  • Summre – March – October – Monday – Friday – 09.00 – 17.00 and Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays – 10.00 – 18.00
Glasshouse opening hours:
The Glasshouses close at 16.45 on weekdays and 17.45 at weekends

Botanic Gardens Guided Tours

Free Guided Tours every Sunday at 12.00 and 14.30.
Pre-booked Guided Tours available for groups. Cost: €2 per person.

There is a film introducing the Botanic Gardens, which is usually available for viewing anytime. Please ring the Visitor Centre if you have any specific requirements.

Guided Tours are offered Daily  at Kilmacurragh.
Meet in Car Park at noon or 15.00.


Botanic Gardens Events

There are a number of events held throughout the year just for famlies from workshops to walks.

To find out more information on Botanic Gardens Events for families.