National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

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#4 of 49 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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  • The Botanical Garden is very beautiful, with several greenhouses to visit and a great variety of plants, are very well maintained and is very pleasant on days of blue sky.
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  • This little bit of heaven is my back garden when I'm feeling a bit down this place puts you back on track beautiful gardens, glass houses and coffee shops and the staff are brilliant and the gardeners...  more »
  • Irish beauty is on show at the National Botanic Gardens. Acres & acres of beautiful plants, flowers, trees & the greenhouses are spectacular!  more »
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  • I am a tech guy and this place had me captivated for close to three (3) hours. There was one house I could not enter because of filming of a 30's period movie. This place must explode in the summer with color. I especially enjoyed the succulent (cactus) portion. It was very close to downtown Dublin and well kept. Kudos to the staff that does an excellent job maintaining this Dublin treasure. Did I mention that the admission is FREE!
  • I didn't know what to expect going there on a grey Sunday afternoon of October but it was absolutely great. Beautiful botanic garden, many flowers still blooming, so many colours! And of course the autumn colours and leaves turning to red, orange, yellow. Gorgeous trees, many things to see in the beautiful glasshouses. Really enjoyed it!
  • A gorgeously kept large garden park with various outside and inside/greenhouse plants - best to visit on a good day however to enjoy it to its fullest. There's even a small lake with a gentle waterfall. Succulents, cacti, rose and flower gardens are a few of the vast array of species and habitats they recreate here.
  • LOVE this place it's so pretty and peaceful. Nice cute tea rooms too. My only complaint is the opening hours. It closes very early in the evenings which doesn't make sense in summer with our beautiful long evenings.
  • This is one of the best botanic gardens ever. I always take my mother when visiting from Spain. The plants really well kept. There is an amazing space to walk under the trees. Cactus and Rose garden are beautiful. And the best thing is free.

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