Dublin: Botanic Gardens

‘One of the best audio tours around’

Una Mullaly, The Irish Times

Meet the world’s loneliest plant!

Vicious plants that can eat sheep, the philosopher’s stone (where Wittgenstein sat), Irish bananas, and the loneliest plant in the world…. just some of over 30 ‘short stories’ you’ll hear in our new audio tours of the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin.  And all to the delightful accompaniment of Thomas Moore’s famous song, The Last Rose of Summer.

Listen to Extract

These audio tours are free to download below, and as free smart phone apps Android here and iPhone here.  A souvenir version on a handy audio player, complete with user guide, headset and batteries, is on sale in the visitor centre at the National Botanic Gardens for just €5.

Botanic Gardens – 3 Free Downloads

Green Botanic Tour

Botanical Gardens Glasnevin

Green audio tour: explore the historic glasshouses and Great Palm House, for fascinating stories about exotic plants. Download:
MP3 album (zip folder) OR single MP3 track direct to your phone (iPhone users see note below*)

Yellow Botanic Tour

Yellow audio tour: an easy-going stroll around some of the garden’s historic highlights, including a poetic avenue of 300-year-old yew trees. Download:
MP3 album (zip folder) OR single MP3 track direct to your phone (iPhone users see note below*)

Red Botanic Tour

Augustine Henry, Irish plant collector, introduced hundreds of species to European gardens.

Red audio tour: this route takes you to the river and back, and features wildlife, plant hunting, and even some philosophy. Download:
MP3 album (zip folder) OR single MP3 track direct to your phone (iPhone users see note below*)

*iPhone users please note

The MP3 track usually streams in your player; to download the track, you may need a download manager, such as the MyMedia free app.  (Note,we are not necessarily recommending this app, and cannot be responsible for 3rd party software.) We recommend downloading our audio tours over WIFI to avoid data roaming charges.

Free smartphone apps

QR link to the Botanical Gardens Android App QR link to the Android App – take a pic with your Android phone for a quick download of the app or visit for free Android app.

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QR  link to the iPhone App — or visit iTunes for the free iPhone app here



Funded by:

An Ingenious Ireland production for the National Botanic Gardens. Made with a grant from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, under the Cultural Technology Grant Scheme 2010.