Dublin Botanic Gardens – where nature, history, and architecture meet
As one of the most visited tourist attractions, the National Botanic Gardens in Northside suburb of Glasnevin is a go-to place for all nature-lovers in Dublin. The Gardens hold seasonal events such as botanical art and photography exhibitions, flower shows, lectures, tours, and activities.
With its large number of different plant species, Victorian architecture and intricately planted herbaceous borders, Botanic Gardens are a perfect day out for the whole family.
Saving the world one plant at a time
Founded in 1795, the original purpose of The Gardens was to promote a scientific approach to the study of agriculture. The Gardens were the place where potato infection was first identified.
Not only that the Gardens are invaluable for its agricultural and historical contributions, but also feature a range of glasshouses from which the most famous one is “The Great Palm House”. The Palm House is 20-meter high building with a constant tropical climate, truly a sight to be seen.
Dublin Botanic gardens also house the “The Irish National Herbarium” which holds an impressive collection of nearly a million dried plant specimens.
How to get to Dublin Botanic Gardens?
Located half-an-hour walk from Dublin City Center, it is also reachable by direct Bus lines. Getting there can be done in multiple ways. By purchasing the Dublin Pass that covers all the extras of Botanic Garden, you also get the 24h ticket to ride Big Bus Dublin “Hop-on Hop-off” sightseeing buses that will take you to The Gardens themselves.
If you are a public transport person then feel free to visit one of the Dublin Visitor Centres around the city center to get your bearings or additional information on Dublin public transport tickets and fares.