National Botanic Gardens

The National Botanic Gardens


The National Botanic Gardens Dublin is the greenest oasis in Dublin. The best place to relax and recharge. So if  you find yourself in Dublin for a holiday without knowing what to do for fun, relax. Think no more.

Save yourself the stress of worrying. There are more than enough things to do in Dublin with the vast

amount of historical sites and history entrenched in Dublin.

But for now, we would advice you to add the National Botanic Gardens Dublin to your itinerary so you won’t forget to make a pit stop there. It is one place you would want to visit and you would understand better after you  have gone there.

The best part is that its one of the top free things to do in Dublin! It continually provides  activities, talks, workshops- different free events for kids and is one of the Top 10 Venues in Dublin for kids free events.

However, here are a few facts to whet your appetite and give you a background knowledge on it.


The National Botanic Gardens

Found in Glasnevin, a few kilometers away from the Dublin City Center, it covers about 19.5 hectares and is between the River Tolka and the prospect cemetery.


Brief History of the National Botanic Gardens Dublin 

The National Botanic Gardens were established by the Dublin society in 1795 on an estate that was previously owned by Thomas Thickell. The plot of land and the building on it was given to the Dublin Society for the establishment of the National Botanic Gardens by the Irish parliament. The National Botanic Gardens was given into the care of the government in 1877 and today it is owned by the office of public works . The place is very large with about 20,000 plants and close to 100 times more than that on preserved plant seeds.


Buildings & establishments in the National Botanic Gardens

The National Botanic Gardens in Dublin is a large plot of land that contains a lot of plants and some of these plants that need special soils are cultivated in separate habitats. Some of these habitats include the rose garden, the bog garden, the arboretum which is located in another place precisely Kilmacurragh in the Wicklow county , the vegetable garden amongst others. One of the most prominent facilities on ground is the National Herbarium which contains many species of plants of which the Orchids are a part of.

Another facility worth mentioning is the Palm House. It is a place where the tropical and subtropical plants are kept and grown.  About 16 years ago, a new addition was made to the facilities in the National Botanic Gardens in the form of a big building housing a Cafe and a lecture hall.


The Teagasc college of Amenity Horticulture

The National Botanic Gardens has also become a place of research and education. Case in point is the Teagasc college of Amenity Horticulture which runs inside the National Botanic Gardens and trains willing students in horticultural treatments in full time and even part time courses. The Teagasc college of Amenity Horticulture runs these courses in partnership with the office of public works in Ireland.


Buildings in the National Botanic Gardens Dublin

There are lots of buildings in the National Botanic Gardens. They have come far from the single building on the piece of land given to the Dublin Society.

Over the years, many new buildings have been added to the Botanic Gardens and some of them include the glasshouses of which are two. The Palm House that contains plants from tropical and subtropical regions and the Curvilinear Range.


The Palm House

The Palm House is one of the two glass houses that are located in the National Botanic Gardens. The Palm House was constructed in the south part of the gardens and it is bordered by the Cactus House on the left and the Orchid house on the right. The building is 65 feet tall and 80 feet wide.

The first palm house was built in 1862 to accommodate the large number of tropical plants which needed special growth conditions for them to flourish. It was built of wood and succumbed to a heavy wind in 1883. It was rebuilt with metal rods, timber and cast iron and after 100 years, it also destroyed. The present Palm House was constructed with glass.


The Curvilinear Range

A trip to the Curvilinear Range was constructed in 1848 by Richard Turner and was increased in the late 18th century.

Other glasshouses include the cactus house, the aquatic and the fern house.


National Botanic Gardens Opening Times


1 March – 31 October1 November – 24 December26 December – 1 February
Monday09:00 – 17:00Monday09:00 – 16:30Monday09:00 – 16:30
Tuesday09:00 – 17:00Tuesday09:00 – 16:30Tuesday09:00 – 16:30
Wednesday09:00 – 17:00Wednesday09:00 – 16:30Wednesday09:00 – 16:30
Thursday09:00 – 17:00Thursday09:00 – 16:30Thursday09:00 – 16:30
Friday09:00 – 17:00Friday09:00 – 16:30Friday09:00 – 16:30
Saturday10:00 – 18:00Saturday10:00 – 16:30Saturday10:00 – 16:30
Sunday10:00 – 18:00Sunday10:00 – 16:30Sunday10:00 – 16:30


Different time table on Bank Holidays

New Years DaySt Patrick’s DayEaster MondayMay DayJune HolidayAugust HolidayOctober HolidayChristmas DaySt Stephens Day
10:00 – 16:3010:00 – 16:3010:00 – 16:3010:00 – 16:3010:00 – 16:3010:00 – 16:3010:00 – 16:3010:00 – 16:3010:00 – 16:30



The National Botanic Gardens is an experience you would not like to miss for anything in the world. It is a place that exudes life on so many beautiful colors, too many beautiful colors. There is no better appreciation of Mother nature’s handiwork than the National Botanic Gardens and beat of all is that the admission to the gardens is free. So there is nothing impeding you from making that visit. Put it down in your itinerary today, you and your family would have an awesome experience and who knows, you might want to make it a regular visit for your family whenever you are in Dublin.




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