How To Find Us

Only 3km From Dublin City Centre!

Find the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin

The Gardens are easily accessible by car, public transport, or by bicycle or on foot from Dublin City Centre. We are just over 3km from the city centre, and 8km from Dublin Airport.

By Car, Bike, or on Foot

From the south, or city centre, leave Dublin via the Drumcondra road (N1), and turn left at Botanic Avenue (Fagan’s pub), just before crossing the river Tolka. At end of Botanic Avenue turn left at the T-junction.
Alternatively, leave the city via Phibsborough, on the Finglas road (N2). Just after passing over the Royal Canal, follow the one way system around Hart’s corner, turning right, then left onto Botanic Road. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the traffic lights. The Botanic Gardens are 100m past this junction and on the left.

GPS/SAT NAV for Vehicle Access: either use the Garmin loc8 system with this code: NP7-57-F53, or input the following latitude 53.3717 and longitude -6.2696.

Car parking facilities are available but are limited during busy periods, consider walking, cycling or taking the bus. The first two hours cost €1 per hour; after the first two hours the fee is €2 per hour.
We have a bike rack in our car park where you can leave your bicycle during your visit. However, we do not allow cycling within the grounds, which are small enough to cover on foot.

By Bus

Please check the Dublin Bus website for all updates on their services. Below are the routes which go past the Botanic Gardens.
4 (Harristown – Ballymun – Botanic Avenue – Phibsboro Shopping Centre – O’Connell St – Pembroke Road – Blackrock – Stradbrook)
9 (Limekiln Avenue – South Circular Road – O’Connell St – Botanic Road – Beneavin Road – Charlestown)
83 (Kimmage {Sundrive road, Rathmines} – Harristown {Ballygall Road East})
155 (IKEA (Ballymun) – Ballymun Rd. – Botanic Ave. – Phibsboro – O’Connell St. – Donnybrook – Cabinteely – Bray Rail Station)

For any other starting points in Dublin, use Hit the Road which is an excellent website showing you how to get between any two points in Dublin City, using a smart combination of Dublin Bus, Luas, and DART routes.

Find Your Way Around the Gardens

The ticket desk (for purchase of guided tours) and reception are located in the Visitor Centre. Here is also where you can find the café, lecture theatre, exhibition gallery, and toilet facilities.


A PDF map of the Gardens.


Designated accessible parking is available in the carpark. Wheelchairs are available from the Visitor Centre on a first-come, first-serve basis, and cannot be prebooked.

Generally paths throughout the gardens are broad, and have an all weather surface, however there are flights of steps in two places.  The glasshouses are all accessible. Entrance to the Alpine Yard is through the double doors facing the Visitor Centre; entrance to the house is through the back doors. The west wing (right hand side) of the Curvilinear House is only accessible from the central house. The Library has a lift, as does the Visitor Centre, allowing access to the upper floors. A map detailing the accessibility of all areas of the Gardens is available for download below.

Guide dogs are welcome. Please contact us if you have further questions.


A PDF accessibility map of the Gardens.