National Garden

A garden located in the very heart of Athens with a botanical collection, ancient discoveries and a small zoo. An oasis of cool shades and fresh air away from the city noise.

  • National Garden
  • National Garden
  • National Garden
  • National Garden

The National Garden’s main entrance is located just a few meters away from Syntagma (Constitution) Square and the Parliament. This green paradise is irrigated from an ancient canal and is rich in 15,5 acres of lash vegetation. It used to be the private Royal Garden of Queen Amalia.

One of the most important spots of the garden is the sun clock at the central entrance on Amalias avenue. There is also an important Roman mosaic floor. Discover the garden’s hidden secrets, by walking through the labyrinth- like paths, romantic corners, hidden benches, beautiful flower pergolas, ancient columns and lovely little brooks.

The National Garden hosts a small zoo, a turtle pond, playgrounds and large grass spaces for free play. Check out the National Garden Children’s library as well. No entrance fee is applied and the kids can read books, listen to classical music or do creative activities.

Families should know

  • Dedicate at least half a day to visit the National Garden
  • Bring snacks and water inside the National Garden. Aegli Garden Cafe is located further away
  • The small zoo is primitive 
  • The Children’s library is open daily apart from weekends from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. but closed on public holidays
  • Most books in the Children’s library are in Greek, there are a few foreign books
  • There is no supervision Children’s library. You need to stay with your (younger) kids 
  • There is no parking at the National Garden but you can use public transport or park at Aegli Garden Cafe 
  • Free entrance from early in the morning until sunset
  • Rent baby & toddler equipment such as car seats, strollers and baby carriers through the new Greek family service provider Baby Traveller

Kids will love

  • The ducks at the lake and the possibility to feed them
  • The “kri kri” (type of Greek goat) in the small zoo
  • Fairy-tale narration at the Children’s library (in Greek from October until June)

Parents will love

  • The walk at the garden surrounded by the ancient columns
  • The serenity of the garden
  • Coffee at Aegli Garden Cafe while children play nearby

Best season to visit

  • Open during Spring Spring
  • Open during Summer Summer
  • Open during Autumn Autumn
  • Open during Winter Winter
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Other parents say...

  • The garden in the centre of Athens is a pleasant surprise that one could not imagine when they are in the centre of Athens full of noise and cars. Maybe one of the most beautiful gardens in Athens.

    Mata K.
  • While your children watch the ducks, you can make a stop at “Garden” café and have a cup of coffee or if you are hungry taste various delicacies with a glass of ouzo.

    George D.
  • The location of the national garden is convenient as it is at the heart of Athens.

    Ioanna K.

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