Educational Visits

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Educational visits at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

A `school trip` like no other!

How do bananas and pineapples grow? From which plant can both houses and clothing be made? Why is white chocolate white, but milk chocolate brown? Why do cactus plants look so strange? What is a tenrec? Find out the answer to these questions and many more, as you explore our 4 spectacular glasshouses and 15 acres of flourishing gardens.

Here at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, we offer a `school trip` like no other. You can explore our unique glasshouses and experience an authentic rainforest adventure! Then, walk straight from experiencing hot and humid tropical conditions into a desert climate and observe the changes to plants due to the seasons. Then, wander down to the Alpine Yard and Rock Garden to marvel at the beautiful flora found on the Tundra.


A `school trip` like no other!

School visits at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Gardens contain over 7,000 different plants from all around the world. Experience the humidity and smells of the Tropical House, look (but don’t touch!) with wonder at the carnivorous plants in the Subtropical House, admire the fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean House, and marvel at the bizarre and fascinating ways that cacti have developed to protect themselves in the harsh environment of the world’s deserts (Arid House). Don’t forget to allow plenty of time, in addition, to wander around the stunning grounds seeing the giant Koi Carp and Victorian Cascade in the Rock Garden, be amazed by the National Bonsai Collection in our Japanese Garden, stop and smell the many herbs in our Herb Garden, be fascinated by our exotic bird collection from all over the world, play on our amazing new Treetops Adventure playground and, you never know, bump into our free-roaming peacocks!

Allow us to share the knowledge and experience we have gained over nearly 200 years in our expertly-taught, cross-curricular teaching sessions that will be tailor-made to your age group and topic. Or opt for a self-guided visit where teachers can lead their own activities using our wide range of comprehensive teachers’ resources on-line. (Teaching sessions take place in our dedicated classrooms, in the glasshouses or out in the gardens.)

Please click on `Prices and Payments` below to find out more about our education service and how to book an educational visit, or contact us by telephone on 0121 450 5093 or e-mail

Prices & Payments



Educational Visits Quick Links

Quality Badge

Quality Badge

The Gardens are recognised as a centre of excellence and we are delighted to have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge in recognition of our high-quality education service.

Growing Schools Garden Award

Growing Schools Garden Award

Birmingham Botanical Gardens are proud to have  been awarded a Growing Schools Garden Award in recognition by the Department for Education that we:

– exemplify good practice, including risk management, in children’s learning in the natural environment

– provide access to gardens that offer a range of plant displays and opportunities for learning outside the classroom

– are host to teacher training and educators to develop outside classrooms for learning.

Children’s University

The Children’s University is an International critically-acclaimed charity which encourages all children aged 5 to 14 years to try new experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills through participation in innovative and creative Learning Activities outside of the school day.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens are a registered Children’s University Learning Destination, where Passport to Learning credits can be achieved by completing our creative Learning Activities.