Botanic Gardens


The Gardens have been located just north of the city since they were founded by the Royal Dublin Society in 1795 in pursuit of scientific agricultural and botanical knowledge. One of the garden’s curator’s was among the first to spot the potato blightfrom 1845 and predict its effects on the main agricultural crop.


Today the gardens include an arboretum, sensory garden, rock garden and burren area, large pond, extensive herbaceous borders, student garden and annual display of decorative plants including a rare example of Victorian carpet bedding.



The Glasshouses contain all manner of ferns and cacti as well as plant specimens from around the world.