National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

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National Botanic Gardens is noted for housing several architecturally significant glasshouses and a national herbarium. This all-weather attraction contains outdoor displays, featuring walled and kitchen gardens, as well as indoor exhibit areas dedicated to both native and exotic plants. Inside the curvilinear glasshouses, designed by famed glasshouse builder Richard Turner, you can see a series of digitally controlled plant habitats replicating different natural environments from around the world. The gardens also display a historically important collection of orchids, grown as part of a renowned breeding program that dates back to 1844. National Botanic Gardens is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Dublin Edition.
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Dublin offers everything from luxury hotels to eclectic guesthouses. Explore over 1,000 years of history in the city on foot by staying at one of the hotels or hostels in the city center. The south side of the river has always been a popular place to stay, particularly near Temple University or the tourist nightlife center Temple Bar, but a new crop of attractive options has popped up on the north side as well. For more affordable accommodations, try a hostel or make your way toward St. Stephen's Green for a more comfortable stay at a mid-range hotel. If the artistic spirit of Dublin is what beckoned you, spend your holiday in a guesthouse near the creative Lower Gardiner Street.
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  • Needed somewhere to spend a few hours before flying home. Loved these beautifully kept gardens. Not overly manicured with a variety of different areas. The rock garden was especially stunning. Lovely ...  more »
  • A marvelous place with the most beatiful flowers and trees, a river, lakes and animals. It is very well kept, clean and most enjoyable. It is for free! Highly recommended.  more »
  • The Botanic Gardens is a lovely place for a walk, but the plant themselves were a bit of a disappointment this time of year. They're worth a visit if you have 2 or 3 days in Dublin, but I would spend ...  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens with a cafe near the entrances - it gets pretty packed but it's so busy and bustling you'll get a seat if you just wait a bit. On the weekend it's crazy full of families! Parking can also be a nightmare when the suns out and the car queue goes all the way out to the road. You're best using public transport or parking a bit away on the street and walking over.
  • Amazing place to visit. Free entry but parking charge. By the hour but only €2 an hour. Cafe restaurant at start. Amazing walk at any time of year. But time it right for tulips in spring and roses in late summer. Victorian glass houses are tropical.Inspired me to plant my garden.
  • Brilliant place for a walk, children adore it, very spacious outdoors, very calm experience. Great resource and inspiration for nature lovers. Lovely cafeteria that serves hot drinks and cakes, but also proper meals. A favorite place to go with my kids.
  • Stunning facility!! The pride of Dublin!! So much to see, summer in bloom in Dublin this is the place to see it. Coffee shop nice very reasonable. Disabled access good. But car park can fill quickly.
  • This is one of the nicest places in Dublin. Lovely for a walk when the weather is good. Amazing collection of plants, trees and flowers. Everything is well kept. Has a cafe with food and toilets. Car park is small but you can park in the pub across the road or up the hill a short walk away. No dogs allowed though.