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National Botanic Gardens

National Botanic Gardens

Located just 3 km from Dublin city centre, the National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty, and entry is free. A premier scientific institution, the gardens also contain the National Herbarium and several historic wrought iron glasshouses.

In 1790, the Irish Parliament, with the active support of The Speaker of the House, John Foster, granted funds to the Dublin Society (now the Royal Dublin Society), to establish a public botanic garden. In 1795, the Gardens were founded on lands at Glasnevin. The original purpose of the Gardens was to promote a scientific approach to the study of agriculture. In its early years the Gardens demonstrated plants that were useful for animal and human food and medicine and for dyeing but it also grew plants that promoted an understanding of systematic botany or were simply beautiful or interesting in themselves. Read more ...


A variety of special themed guided tours and workshops are available free of charge to school groups. All school visits should be pre-booked at the Visitor Centre – (01) 8570909/ 8040319. Guided Tours are available for booking throughout the school year for both primary and secondary level.

For more information and to arrange a visit go to National Botanic Gardens.

Text courtesy of National Botanic Gardens.