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 founded in 1795, the gardens comprise 20 hectares of plants from across the globe. The National Herbarium is based here and conducts research on the Irish flora as well as having international collaborations with gardens overseas.
Several historic wrought iron glasshouses, notably Richard Turner’s famed Curvilinear House, are home to a major tropical plant collection with numerous endangered species from around the world including 4 species already extinct in the wild.
Public lectures, activities for children and regular art and craft exhibitions make the Gardens a destination for all things relating to the natural world.