Open every day of the year from 7am and admission is free.

Botanic Gardens

Free entry.  Gate closing times change depending on the time of year.

Month Gate closing time
November to February 9:00pm
March 8.30pm
April to September 6.30pm
October 8.30pm

Visitor Centre and ilex Cafe

Month / Day Opening times
September to May 9am to 5pm
June to August 9am to 4pm
Christmas Day Closed


Day Opening times
Daily 10am to 4pm
Christmas Day Closed

Car parks

There are two large public car parks in the Botanic Gardens located at:

  1. Riccarton Avenue entrance
  2. Armagh Street entrance. 

You are welcome to park in either of these places for up to 180 minutes free of charge.