National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

4.7
#4 of 52 in Parks in Dublin
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. Plan to visit National Botanic Gardens and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Dublin attractions using our Dublin trip itinerary builder website .
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  • I don't know if actually learned anything new about plants during my visit, but it was surprisingly relaxing to stroll through the greenhouses and around the substantial property. I particularly enjoy...  more »
  • The Botanic Gardens (or the Bots if you are a Dub), is a great spot. If the flowers are not in bloom, the vegetable garden or the beautiful trees, pond and river will delight you equally. There is a g...  more »
  • Lovely visit to the National Botanical Gardens on breezy October Sunday. Great experience and delicious lunch in restaurant. Will return again soon.  more »
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  • I had a great time here, especially with this great summer we’re having it’s the perfect place to visit, it’s a very large space and will take anywhere from 2 hours + to see everything but time flies in there, I must say it’s definitely one of Dublin’s best free attractions especially on a glorious summers day ! Entry is free for all visitors, but you'll have to pay for parking. That only cost 1 euro per hour and 2 euro per hour from the 3rd hour onwards. Not bad for the free day out though it is definitely worth it ! Couldn’t recommend higher ! Should definitely be checked out if it hasn’t already, great free day out !
  • Amazing gardens that are quite large. It would take 2hrs to see it all, but you should stop and take it all in in places. While there I saw some great sights, got great pictures and ate lunch with a squirrel! Entry is free for all visitors, but you'll have to pay for parking. That only cost 1 euro per hour and 2 euro per hour from the 3rd hour onwards. Definitely one of the must visit places in Dublin. Especially on a great day.
  • A lovely place to spend half a day. Entry is free and there is a cafe and toilets on-site. It's open until 4:45pm weekdays and 5:45pm weekends. We only spent an hour here but it was a nice relaxed atmosphere and exploring the gardens was lovely. It's easy to get to from the city centre as it is on several bus routes and a single costs between £2.10-2.85. The only negative is that there were no bins anywhere in the gardens, not even at the cafe!
  • Beautiful gardens which are free in and always well kept throughout the year. Huge greenhouses full of exotic flora to explore all labeled with information on the plants. The Walk around these gardens is absolutely lovely. You could easily spend the day here when the weather is good.
  • Asolutely gorgeous place, a must see with variety of plants, flowers, grasses and trees on very well kept grounds and very unusual species inside the glass houses from subtropical and tropical areas. Also enjoy different types of cacti and orchids, banana or coffee plants etc. too many to mention. Don't forget to go to the pond and you might see few ducks and maybe even turtle and if you have picnic with you there is plenty of space to enjoy one. At the entrance there are also coffee shop and cafe with refreshments, snacks, cakes and ice-cream. All in all brilliant day to spend with your family/children.
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