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

Botanic Gardens

7.00am to 9.00pm
Free entry

Visitor Centre and ilex Cafe

September to May: 9am to 5pm
June to August: 9am to 4pm
Closed Christmas Day


10.15am to 4pm daily
Closed Christmas Day

Car parks

There are two large public car parks in the Botanic Gardens, one at the Riccarton Avenue entrance and one at the Armagh Street entrance. You are welcome to park in either of these places for up to 180 minutes free of charge. 

Gate closing times change depending on the time of year.

Month Gate closing time
January and February 9:00pm
March 8.30pm
April to September 6.30pm
October 8.30pm
November and December 9.00pm