National Botanic Gardens

orange flowers with the glass house of the National Botanic Gardens in the background
  • Free to visit
  • Cloudy days
Founded in 1795, the National Botanic Gardens are a botanic haven within the bustling capital city. Set in Glasnevin, County Dublin, the gardens contain more than 15,000 plant species from habitats around the world. Admission is free.

Located in Glasnevin, County Dublin, the National Botanic Gardens are noted for their fine plant collections holding more than 15,000 plant species and cultivars from a variety of habitats from around the world.

The gardens are famous for their 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 garden, the alpine yard, the pond area, rock garden and arboretum.

Conservation plays an important role in the life of the botanic garden and Glasnevin is home to more than 300 endangered plant species from around the world including six species that are already extinct in the wild.

Free guided tours are available on Sundays. A small fee is charged for guided tours on weekdays.

The Gardens host many workshops, exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Admission is free. Car parking is available for a small fee. Glasshouses and gardens are accessible for people with disabilities but there are some steep gradients.

Only guide dogs are allowed. As the Gardens are a scientific collection, picnics, bicycles, fishing, ball games, jogging or running are not allowed.

Follow a passage in the gardens to access nearby Glasnevin Cemetery.

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