School Prices & Payment

Current Charge for All Visiting Schools:

Don’t forget to talk to your bursar about claiming your VAT back!

Self-guided Option

Just £6 (including VAT) per pupil and £1.80 (including VAT) per adult for entry to the Gardens’ 4 glasshouses and 15 acres of grounds. Experience the humidity, sights and smells of the Tropical Rainforest House, admire the gigantic lemons (Citrons) and a wide range of other citrus fruits in the Mediterranean House and the bizarre and fascinating ways that the Cacti and other Succulents have developed to protect themselves in the harsh environment of the world’s deserts. Don’t forget to allow plenty of time in addition, to wander around the stunning grounds seeing the musical archway and straw bale building in the Growing Schools Garden, marvel at the giant Japanese Koi Carp and newly-refurbished Victorian cascade in the Rock Garden, stop and smell the many herbs in our Herb Garden, be fascinated by our exotic bird collection from all over the world and you never know, you might even bump into one of our roaming peacocks!

There is so much to see at the Gardens, that you might just simply wish to explore the site without any paperwork, encouraging your pupils to touch, smell, look and listen to all the amazing plants, animals, sculptures and other features that you come across. Alternatively, you might decide to download and print off one of the many trails, worksheets, quizzes or colouring sheets that you will find on-line on our website in the teachers’ resources section. We can also offer orienteering maps for you on the day if you would like to get some fresh air, encourage teamwork amongst your pupils and of course, set them a challenge!

As part of the entry fee, an indoor space may be available for lunch and we can advise on this when we confirm your booking. During the summer months you are welcome to picnic in the grounds or a marquee may be available on request.

Teaching Session Option

For a small extra fee, and subject to availability, you might like to consider adding a teaching session per class led by one of the Gardens’ Education Team. The price for one teaching session per class, including the Gardens’ entry fee, is £7.20 (including VAT) per pupil and £1.80 (including VAT) per adult. Please note that there is a minimum charge of £144 (including VAT) for groups of fewer than 20 children requiring a teaching session, plus adults at £1.80 each (including VAT).  All teaching sessions are available to view via our Teaching Sessions area of the website.

Payment Procedure

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or credit card on the day. If you prefer, you can request on arrival to be invoiced after your visit (for groups of 10 children or more only).

Nursery Groups

Self-guided nursery groups pay a separate nursery rate of £8.40 per adult (including VAT) and may bring 3 nursery children free with each adult. Any nursery groups requiring a teaching session pay the Teaching Session Option price stated above.