National Botanic Gardens
National Botanic Gardens
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Ireland's premier garden is a green oasis situated in the leafy suburb of Glasnevin, not far from Dublin city centre. It is just under 50 acres in size and home to over 17,000 different plant species. Famous for its Victorian glasshouses: the Curvilinear Range, designed by Richard Turner, and the Great Palm House, Ireland's only tropical rainforest. Outdoor features include the rose and rock gardens, double herbaceous borders, the pond and river walks, the organic fruit and vegetable garden and wild Ireland, the native conservation area. Guided tours of the Gardens all year round- Sundays at 12.00pm & 2.30pm, admission free. Monday-Saturday 11.30am & 3.00pm, €5 pp. Pre-booked tours by arrangement.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Karen W
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You could spend all day here
    Fascinating, gorgeous gardens and glasshouses full of every sort of plant you can imagine. The gardens are attached to Glasnevin Cemetery so make sure to visit there too. Easily reached by taking Dublin bus.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Inspiration52984
    Dublin, Ireland40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bank Holiday Monday Trip
    Amazing gardens and a fabulous place to walk around and ground yourself in nature even though you are in the city. Lots of space and very family friendly. Gardens are a credit to the caretakers. Def recommend a visit in rain or shine. Car park gets really busy on a Saturday and Sunday in the good weather so recommend going by public transport if you can.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 August 2023
  • John H
    Crowthorne, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit that is truly worthwhile
    A wonderful garden along with an exhibition of sculptures and free entry, a rareity these days. If you are interested in visiting one of Dublin's best kept secret gardens, you will not be disappointed. It has wonderful glass houses and open spaces with beautiful mature trees, all lovingly cared for by a team of excellent horticultural experts. The cafe is well worth a visit after a tour too. Surprisingly, it has a small car park so arrive early!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Kityayma
    Sydney, Australia527 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous greenhouses
    Our visit to the gardens was much shorter than we would have liked but we managed to see the gorgeous greenhouses, some magnificent mature trees and many of the formal flower beds featuring plants from around the world. There's an ornamental lake with a waterfall and resident waders. The gardens are very pretty and will be even more so in a few weeks. The flowers were beginning to bloom, birds were nesting, and squirrels were chasing each other (and being chased by kids). The National Botanic Gardens are a few kilometres from the centre of town. They are located right beside Glasnevin Cemetery which is also worth a visit. Both are free to enter and pleasant places to stroll.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2024
  • Jay K
    Dublin, Ireland80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Gardens.
    The National Botanical Gardens (or the Bots as locals call them) are an absolutely delightful place to visit at any time of the year but particularly in spring and summer when the beautifully tended flowers, trees and shrubs are full of colour and life. There’s an excellent cafe there and best or all is that admission is free! The only slight drawback is that parking is limited so get there early if you have a car.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2024
  • VLouS
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tranquil treat
    An absolute treat. Not only can you wander around a stunning and tranquil parkland packed full with a wealth and breadth of different (and well labelled) tree varieties, you can spend time by the water (where we saw ducks, chicks and a turtle) or meandering in the restored glasshouses, which are absolutely gorgeous. To top it off, all this natural beauty is free! We spent a few hours here on a Saturday in May and although busy, it wasn’t unpleasantly packed. We could have spent several hours more and we will be back next time we are fortunate enough to visit Dublin
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 May 2024
  • Danni B
    Austin, Texas2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Escape
    Spent the day exploring the stunning National Botanic Gardens in Dublin! 🌿✨ From vibrant flowers to peaceful pathways, it’s a nature lover's paradise. Highly recommend for a relaxing and beautiful escape! 🌸🍃
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 May 2024
  • Ella
    Limerick, Ireland7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful atmosphere with Convenient Access and Great Amenities
    Very easy to travel to by Dublin Bus and stops outside the premises. Has clean toilets and cafe serves nice coffee. Gardens are very well kept and peaceful especially how it’s located in a busy city. Variety of different healthy trees, flowers & shrubs. Greenhouses are impressive. Chilled environment.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 May 2024
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jossoconnor
County Wexford, Ireland32 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Myself and three friends recently had a most disappointing experience  at the botanical gardens in Glasnevin due to an advertised tour that did not take place as expected. The visit had been planned for a couple of weeks and we were eagerly anticipating a guided tour that was supposed to provide an in-depth exploration of the garden’s diverse plant life, special exhibits, and historical significance.

Upon arriving at the garden, we checked in at the visitor center, and were informed that the guided tour was due to begin at 11.30am at a designated point. We then spoke with an individual (at the designated point) who advised that a colleague would be along shortly.
A few moments later we noticed a group had headed off on what appeared to be a guided tour! We ran to catch up. The tour was progressing when a member of the "public" approached and informed us that the tour was in fact a private tour, and made it quite clear we were not welcome! At this point we felt it best to deal with direectly with the guide. Unfortunately, the only information the guide could offer was that the next tour was at 3pm and we should take our grievance up with the staff back at the "office"! We subsequently spoke with an (affable) individual who was unable to provide an explanation as what/why the mix up had occurred and suggested we go to another building where somebody may be able to help. We decided to give up at this point!

Without the expertise of a guide, much of the unique and fascinating details about the garden were lost on us. We missed out on the enriched experience we had been looking forward to and felt that a self-guided tour did not do justice to the garden’s offerings, so we left.

Despite the beauty of the gardens, the lack of communication regarding the tour left a sour taste. I hope that in the future, the garden's management will improve their scheduling and communication to avoid such disappointments for other visitors.
Written 9 June 2024
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Ella
Limerick, Ireland7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very easy to travel to by Dublin Bus and stops outside the premises. Has clean toilets and cafe serves nice coffee. Gardens are very well kept and peaceful especially how it’s located in a busy city. Variety of different healthy trees, flowers & shrubs. Greenhouses are impressive. Chilled environment.
Written 18 May 2024
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Danni B
Austin, TX2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Spent the day exploring the stunning National Botanic Gardens in Dublin! 🌿✨ From vibrant flowers to peaceful pathways, it’s a nature lover's paradise. Highly recommend for a relaxing and beautiful escape! 🌸🍃
Written 16 May 2024
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jonnorockandroll
Portsmouth, UK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Can honestly say this is the best gardens/botanical experience I've ever seen. The glasshouses are spectacular as well as all the gardens layout. The fact that it's free adds to it. Would go again and again.
Written 6 May 2024
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VLouS
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
An absolute treat. Not only can you wander around a stunning and tranquil parkland packed full with a wealth and breadth of different (and well labelled) tree varieties, you can spend time by the water (where we saw ducks, chicks and a turtle) or meandering in the restored glasshouses, which are absolutely gorgeous. To top it off, all this natural beauty is free! We spent a few hours here on a Saturday in May and although busy, it wasn’t unpleasantly packed. We could have spent several hours more and we will be back next time we are fortunate enough to visit Dublin
Written 5 May 2024
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Tim Mc G
Dublin, Ireland300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The botanic gardens are lovely, it has lovely plants, great greenery. It has a cafe and there is lots of room to walk around.
Written 25 April 2024
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Jay K
Dublin, Ireland80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The National Botanical Gardens (or the Bots as locals call them) are an absolutely delightful place to visit at any time of the year but particularly in spring and summer when the beautifully tended flowers, trees and shrubs are full of colour and life. There’s an excellent cafe there and best or all is that admission is free! The only slight drawback is that parking is limited so get there early if you have a car.
Written 11 April 2024
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Kityayma
Sydney, Australia527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our visit to the gardens was much shorter than we would have liked but we managed to see the gorgeous greenhouses, some magnificent mature trees and many of the formal flower beds featuring plants from around the world.
There's an ornamental lake with a waterfall and resident waders.
The gardens are very pretty and will be even more so in a few weeks. The flowers were beginning to bloom, birds were nesting, and squirrels were chasing each other (and being chased by kids).
The National Botanic Gardens are a few kilometres from the centre of town. They are located right beside Glasnevin Cemetery which is also worth a visit. Both are free to enter and pleasant places to stroll.
Written 9 April 2024
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Liyuno
Bonn, Germany38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Really beautiful and huge! We went there an hour before closing time so we just went into the green houses, but but they were also worth it.
Written 23 March 2024
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mayccm2018
Hong Kong, China982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Free entrance. Wide place to walk around. Wonderful huge garden. Glasshouses that full of plant were beautiful. Worth a visit
Written 9 November 2023
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