Kilmacurragh Arboretum is managed by the National Botanic Gardens. It is the remnants of a large estate planted during the 19th century by Thomas Acton in conjunction with David Moore and his son Sir Frederick Moore, curators of the National Botanic Gardens at that time.
It was a period of great botanical and geographical explorations with numerous plant species from around the world being introduced to Ireland for the first time. The different soil and climatic conditions at Kilmacurragh resulted in many of these specimens succeeding there while struggling or failing at Glasnevin. Kilmacurragh is particularly famous for its conifers and rhododendron collections.
Guided Tours: Twice daily from April onwards at 12.00 noon and at 3.00 pm (daily, free of charge) – please phone in advance to double check this.
Open Winter (October 27 to mid-Feb) Mon-Sun 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Open Summer (mid-Feb to October) Mon-Sun 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
The Cafe hours are 10.00 am – 5.00 pm (summer), otherwise 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Closed Christmas Day
Kilbride, Co. Wicklow (leave the motorway at Junction 18 and follow the signs for 5km).
Tel: 0404 48844 or 01 8570909