National Botanic Gardens – Restoration of the Curvilinear Range

Glasnevin Hill, Dublin 9
Friday, 2:30 pm—
Sunday, 11am—
Photo: National Botanic Gardens
Photo: National Botanic Gardens

The Curvilinear Range

This beautiful long, low range of glasshouses is one of Ireland’s most renowned architectural treasures. It was manufactured and for the most part built by the great Dublin Ironmaster and engineer Richard Turner, who also is responsible for the Palm House at Kew Gardens and Belfast’s Botanic Gardens.

Started in 1843, the first phase was completed in time for the visit of Queen Victoria to Ireland in 1849. In the 1990s it was fully restored by the Office of Public Works, with particular care being taken to restore the building faithfully in all its facets. It won the Europa Nostra Award for innovation in faithful restoration of a historic building in 1997.

This is the most important building in the National Botanic Gardens, and its central dome was featured for many years on Irish stamps.


Guided Tour Times

Friday 11th October 2.30pm and 3.30pm

Sunday 13th October 11am and 4pm

First Come Basis

Just show up and look out for Open House Dublin Volunteers.


  • Wheelchair Accessible.
  • Suitable for Children
  • Please note change in tour times - Friday tours starting at 2.30pm & 3.30pm, Sunday at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

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