The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

Kilmacurragh,, Kilbride,, Co. Wicklow, A67 YR12.

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh Co. Wicklow

21st Century Conservation & Planting within a 52 acre Victorian Plant Collectors Garden.

The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, is in the heart of the garden county of Ireland, Co. Wicklow. It has one of the most important plant collections in the country. Famous for its towering rhododendrons, with wonderful blooms that herald in the spring and early summer, Kilmacurragh is also famous for its wildflower meadows and double sided herbaceous borders.

The garden was mainly planted in the 1800’s and restoration work has been ongoing on this wonderful old estate for a number of years now.

The initial emphasis is on renewing the gardens with many innovative new planting schemes including the monkey puzzle avenue, the Chilean Ravine, the fossil lawn and the oak avenue.

The original Queen Anne House is still standing, but now sadly in disrepair, and is awaiting its restoration. There is also evidence that a monastic community was established by Saint Mochorog on the site in the early 7th century with the abbey surviving until the early 16th century.

Experiences available by booking in advance:

 - Walking Guided Tour

Wander through the meadows with our trained horticultural guides to learn all about the wildflowers including yellow rattle, blue cornflowers and native orchids.

 - Display of sites to visit in the area. Self guided visit.

Spring time and early summer in Kilmacurragh is a special time with the ancient rhododendron trees in flower. Join one of our themed tours to explore the gardens at the height of this colourful season.

 - Meadows & Hedgerows, Borders & Avenues. Tea and Scones (charge applies)

With such a significant plant collection, a visit to Kilmacurragh is a pleasure at any time of the year whether self–guided or with one of our trained horticultural guides. Pop into our tearooms afterwards where lunch and a selection of confectionary is served all day.


T. 00353 (0)404 48844


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The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh
Admission Rates
Opening Times
Opening hours 2020:

Daily, 9.00 – 18.00

Summer (mid–February to October)

Daily, 09.00 – 16.30

Winter (October to mid–February)
Kilmacurragh is easily accessible by car, and is located just 5km off the N11 at Junction 18 (near the Beehive pub). There is plenty of free car and coach parking available. The entrance gates have been widened and can accommodate large buses easily.

GPS: either use the Garmin loc8 system with this code: SLP-21-LP9 or input the following latitude 52.9341 and longitude -6.1529.
- Tearooms. Acton Cafe. Seating capacity: 30 indoors, 16 outdoors. T. 00353 (0)404 48842.

- Free coach & car parking.

- Free Guided Tours twice daily at 12.00 pm and 3.00pm. Guided Tours can be pre booked.
Nearby Attractions
- Dwyer McAllister Cottage.
- Glendalough.
- Wicklow Mountains National Park.
- Kilruddery House & Gardens.