Botanical Gardens, Dublin
Free in, but you have to pay for the tour.
It is beautifully landscaped on the banks of the River Tolka, which is a tributary of the River Liffey.
It is a lovely place to go for a weekend stroll.
If you are a keen gardener and flower-lover, you will enjoy it.
You can follow it up with a pint in the Tolka house next door. It is a pleasant local kind of pub, not touristy at all.
GO TO THE BOTANIC GARDENS.....beutiful beutiful place.........im from Dublin but only went here for the first time last week......lots of very nice flowers and plants and tress and rockeries and streams and glass houses....theres also a nice cafe here....great place to relax and chill out and take some pictures..........
Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin are a great opportunity to spend a peaceful and wonderful day. For young and a little older, for singles and for families it is a lovely place worth visiting when traveling to Dublin!
The gardens are very well kept and organized with activities for children and maps for everyone.
There are different sections like greenhouses with exotic flowers - different climates and also meateating plants, herb garden, sunflower maze, ponds with lilles and ducks, and a big park with benches and different and sometimes exotic types of tree. You can bring your own picnic basket and have lunch on the grass - but remember you might have to share your food with the squirlls (or just bring them some nuts).
There is no entrance fee to the gardens, but if you would like a guided tour you have to pay at the visitors centre - Free Guided Tours every Sunday at 12.00 pm and 2.30 pm.
Winter (mid-November to 16th February)
Mon-Sun 9 am - 4:30 pm
Summer (17th February to mid-November)
Mon-Sun 9 am - 6 pm
The gardens are easy accessed from city centre (you can board the bus opposite the Spire at O'Conells street (REMEMBER opposite direction then the river) - ask the driver to tell you when to get of, the entrance is just by the bus stop!
Busses that serve the gardens: 4, 13, 19, 83 - ASK the bus driver to tell you it's your stop!
Situated in the north part of the city. Lovely place to spent afternoon. Great for families with kids. There is a restaurant if you get hungry. Didn't like the fact that you have to pay for a car park.
The Botanical Gardens and Glasnevin Cemetery
When I was a kid an excursion to these two places used to be used as a threat by unscrupulous teachers if one was being bold in school - as in 'Ye can forget the trip to Gweedore this year boys! It's Glasnevin and the Botanic Gardens is all ye'll get!'. And so I was nearly eighteen and looking for cheap (ie. free) places to do some coortin' before I discovered them for myself. The gardens are really beautiful, set up by the Royal Dublin Society in 1795, the distinctive greenhouses were added in the mid 1800s by Dubliner Richard Turner, who also designed the famous Kew Gardens in London. Both indoor and outdoor they contain some rare and indigenous plants (on display is the actual 'Last Rose Of Summer' made famous in the old ballad). They're not a stone's throw (oops - shouldn't say that with all those glasshouses about!) away from Glasnevin Cemetery in which is buried the creme de la creme of Ireland's political elite - a bit like Ireland's Arlington. The main feature in there for most is the reproduction round tower marking the site of Daniel O'Connell's grave. For me the main feature is the pub near the back entrance - The Grave Diggers - bloody great little spot! Thanks to the North Dublin National Schools Project for the pic - these days the kids are brought to the Botanical Gardens as a treat - and rightly so!
the national botanical gardens, glasnevin cemetery and the gravediggers pub - all within five minutes of each in glasnevin which is about a 15 bus ride from o'connell st.
glasnvein cemetery is as beautiful and peaceful as you'd expect any graveyard to be, except the headstones and monuments are just stupendous. before the days of cremation and regulation tiny little headstones this was where ireland's great were buried - from clergy to politicians. just check out daniel o'connell's massive monument for starters - a tower that dominates the local sky-line! no-one ever bothers you in glasnevin cemetery.
out the back gate is the gravediggers pub, one of dublin's finest purely by virtue of it's fabulous location, overlooking it's own little village green and the fact that it's one of the few dublin pubs not to have had a trendy make-over in the past few years. delightful, but busy at the weekends. go on a wet tuesday!
stumble out of the gravediggers and up the road to the national botanical gardens with the usual array of tropical plants but with the added frisson of loads of horticultural students happily buzzing around enjoying their wise career choice! the botanical gardens have a really cool new coffee shop and lecture hall so keep your eyes peeled for some exciting talks at the weekend. guess what - admission is free!
Absolutely lovely, especially in mid-summer. The most beautiful glasshouses/greenhouses from the 1800's. An impressive collection of almost any plant imaginable. Great place to spend a lazy afternoon with a friend or to draw (if so inclined). Make sure to check out the giant lily pads!