National Botanic Gardens

These beautiful gardens cover a total area of 19.5 hectares, part of which is the natural flood plain of the River Tolka. The Gardens are located just 3.5km north of Dublin City Centre and make a great daytrip.

Founded in 1795 the National Botanic Gardens contain many attractive features including an arboretum, sensory garden, rock garden, burren area, large pond, extensive herbaceous borders, and an annual display of decorative plants including a rare example of Victorian carpet bedding. Statues and garden features, adorn the footpaths and  reveal a different vista at every turn.

The gardens hold over 20,000 living plants including some notable plant specimens such as a weeping Atlantic cedar, a lofty Zelkova from the Caucasus, native and hybrid strawberry trees and the "Last Rose of Summer" of the famous ballad. The gardens also contain a noted and historically important collection of orchids.

The National Herbarium contains a collection of more than half a million dried and documented plant specimens from Ireland and the rest of the world. The museum collection contains some 20,000 samples of plant products, including fruits, seeds, wood, fibres, plant extracts and artefacts, collected over the garden's two-hundred-year history. 

The gardens display a range of outdoor "habitats" such as a rockery, herbaceous border, rose garden, bog garden, arboretum, sensory garden, rock garden and burren area, large pond, extensive herbaceous borders, and annual display of decorative plants including a rare example of Victorian carpet bedding. A vegetable garden has also been established.

The new Education & Visitor Centre, opened in 2000, includes a cafe and a large lecture hall. It is fully accessible for people with disabilities.

Opening Times:

Every day except Christmas Day

Summer Opening Hours:

Mar - Oct:

Mon - Fri: 09.00 - 17.00

Sat & Sun: 10.00 - 18.00


Winter Opening Hours:

Nov - Feb:

Mon - Fri: 09.00 - 16.30

Sat & Sun: 10.00 - 16.30


General access is free but there is a €2 charge for parking.
Guided tours cost €2 per person - available by prior arrangement.
Free guided tours: Sunday at 2.30pm

The best way to get to the Botanic Gardens from the Castle Hotel is to take the  19, (19A) bus from O'Connell St and this will leave you right outside.

The National Botanic Gardens,
158 Botanic Rd,
Dublin 9.

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