Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses West Midlands
Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, West Midlands, B15 3TR
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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What we offer
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.
What makes us a great choice?
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, 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!
Accreditation and Awards
Yes, we have a LOtC Quality Badge, as well as a Department for Education `Growing Schools Garden` accreditation and an affiliation with the Children’s University.
What is typically included?
We have over 20 cross-curricular teaching sessions to choose from, that are specifically aimed at the different key stages, and all of which link to the new National Curriculum. As examples, there is `Tree Fun` for EYFS, `Food Chains` for KS1, `Growth` for KS2, `Natural Art` for KS3 and `Animal Handling` for KS4. Furthermore, we are happy to organise bespoke teaching sessions that match any subject or topic.
You can also choose to visit on a self-guided basis, where teachers can plan and lead their own day.
Group Sizes Catered For
Up to 6 classes per day (180 pupils).
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
There are a wide range of resources (e.g. trails, quizzes, activity packs) freely available to download from our website, which teachers can use on the day of their visit, or in the classroom before or after their visit.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Yes, please take and share as freely as you like.
Risk Assessment Details
There are relevant risk assessments available on our website. Teachers are also encouraged to complete their own risk assessments, and a free pre-visit is permitted to complete this.
Education Officer Information
Please contact the Education team on 0121 450 5093 or email@example.com
Education Manager – James Jarvis
Our current prices are frozen from 2016!
Off-Peak (August – February)
Self-guided entry - £6.20 per pupil
Entry with teaching session - £7.40 per pupil
Peak (March – July)
Self-guided entry - £6.80 per pupil
Entry with teaching session - £8.00 per pupil
Adults - £8.40 (to include free entry for up to 3 children)(All prices include VAT.)
Nothing specific, other than to wear weather-appropriate clothing (pupils and staff) that may get wet and muddy.
First Aid Information
Groups are requested to bring their own trained first aider, as one may not be available at the time of your visit. First aid equipment is located within easy reach of educational groups, though we recommend bringing your own first aid equipment too.
Shop – pupils are welcome to visit and can cater for any budget. Goody bags can also be arranged if teachers prefer not to visit the shop but still want to make a purchase.
Pavilion Tea Room – pupils and teachers can obtain snacks and drinks.
A covered lunch space will be provided for visiting groups (if requested on the booking form). `Picnics` are also permitted anywhere in the grounds (other than the Pavilion Tea Room or its outdoor seating).
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
The whole site is suitable for disabled visitors.
Opening Hours & Information
The Botanical Gardens are open every day (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 10am.
Teaching sessions are available any time during opening hours – please contact us for availability (0121 450 5093 / firstname.lastname@example.org).
Yes.These can be found at: https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/education/teacher-pupil-testimonials/
The Botanical Gardens hold regular school holiday events (https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/whatson/), which can be visited independently, or with your school if it has different term dates.