National Botanic Gardens, Dublin City
The National Botanic Gardens, located in Glasnevin, about 3.5km (2.1mi)north from the centre of Dublin, is noted for its fine plant collections holding over 15,000 plant species and cultivars from a variety of habitats from all around the world. Famous for its exquisitely restored and planted glasshouses, notably the Turner Curvilinear Range and the Great Palm House, both recipients of the Europa Nostra award for excellence in conservation architecture. Visitors can enjoy such features as the Herbaceous borders, rose garden, the alpine yard, the pond area, rock garden and arboretum.
Conservation plays an important role in the life of the botanic garden and Glasnevin is home to over 300 endangered plant species from around the world including six species, which are already extinct in the wild.
Opened in 2000 the visitor centre combines a lecture hall, restaurant and display area with exhibits relating to the history and purpose of the gardens. Audio tours are now available which will enable you to take self-guided tours through your own MP3 player, mobile phone or souvenir player.
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