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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Educational Visits & Curriculum-linked Programmes

Location(s)Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR
Key StagesEYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Special SchoolsYes
Public Liability5,000,000
Enhanced DBSYes
FeesPlease contact us with details of your requirements
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Why is white chocolate white, but milk chocolate brown? How do pineapples grow? From which plant can both houses and clothing be made? 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 spectacular glasshouses and flourishing gardens in a totally immersive experience.


Here at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, we offer an educational visit 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 Garden to marvel at the beautiful flora found on the tundra.


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 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 group leaders can lead their own activities using our wide range of educational resources.


We provide a unique service, both to schools, colleges and nurseries in term-time, but also to uniformed groups (e.g. brownies, scouts), holiday clubs and youth groups at weekends and during school holidays. Most visits begin when we open at 10am, but you can choose your own arrival and departure times to best suit your requirements.


For more information or to book an exciting educational visit, please contact us by telephone (0121 450 5093) or email:


All documentation, covid-19 updated, was e-mailed, and the Gardens’ communication and organisation facilitated the prompt planning, as we had been seeking a venue just a week before the trip date. Our teaching sessions were scheduled to meet our curriculum needs. Our year 6 children had a fantastic day, whilst being protected by the organisation of the Gardens to ensure ample space and social distancing, specific routes in and out, and our own dedicated classrooms. The children have asked to go back again. As a school, we highly recommend taking your children.
Mrs Williams, Head of School

Thank you for our tour of the Glasshouses, both guides were excellent. I’ve not had a class get so much out of an educational visit before – we went twice around a class of 30 naming things they’d learned during the day and didn’t repeat anything!
Dr Fishwick

Thank you for the well thought-out, interactive and engaging teaching sessions. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and explained how much fun they had.
Mrs Chahal

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