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National Botanic Gardens Kilmacurragh

An oasis of rare horticultural delights

09:00 - 17:00

See all opening times

National Botanic Gardens Kilmacurragh

An oasis of rare horticultural delights

09:00 - 17:00

See all opening times

Limited Access

Social distancing: 2 metre rule applies; gates may be closed if numbers get too high.

Admission

Free admission

Getting here

Kilbride
Co. Wicklow
A67 YR12

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Trip Advisor

4.5

National Botanic Gardens Kilmacurragh

There was a monastery at Kilmacurragh, in this tranquil corner of County Wicklow, in the seventh century, and a religious foundation remained right up until the dissolution of the monasteries. After Cromwell invaded the land passed to the Acton family.

By the time the estate came to Thomas Acton in 1854, an unprecedented period of botanical and geographical exploration was afoot. In collaboration with the curators of the National Botanic Gardens, Acton built a new and pioneering garden.

In 1996, a 21-hectare portion of the old demesne officially became part of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. The following ten years were spent giving the estate’s rare and beautiful plants a new lease of life.

Kilmacurragh is now part of the National Botanic Gardens, providing a complementary collection of plants to its parent garden at Glasnevin. Arrive in spring to witness the transformation of the walks, as fallen rhododendron blossoms form a stunning magenta carpet.

Opening Times

Open all Year 

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

 

Seasonal Opening Times

Mid November – Mid February

Daily 09.00 – 16.00

Mid February – Mid November

Daily 09:00 – 17:00

Notice

Free Guided tours daily at 12:00 and 15:00, limited to 6 persons. Places may be booked at 0404 48844.

Social distancing: 2 metre rule applies; gates may be closed if numbers get too high.

Contact

Kilbride
Co. Wicklow
A67 YR12

0404 48844 / 01 8570909

Getting Here

Approx. 5km off the N11. turn right just beyond the Beehive pub

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Facilities

  • Cafe
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Guided tours
  • Picnic Area

Restrictions

  • Appropriate footwear

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