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Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses


It's always summer at the Gardens!

Description

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 and Rock Gardens to marvel at the beautiful flora found on the Tundra.

How do bananas and pineapples grow? Why is white chocolate white, but milk chocolate brown? Why do cactus plants look so strange? How do your shoes link to the rainforest? What is a Tenrec? Find out the answer to these questions and many more, as your pupils explore our glasshouses and flourishing gardens.

Allow us to share the knowledge and experience we have gained over nearly 200 years in one of 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 educational resources.


Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.7
38 reviews


Excellent
 
71%

Very Good
 
26%

Average
 
3%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
0%

(November 2021 - Primary School)




Lovely trip. Children had a great time and learnt alot. (November 2021 - Primary School)




Fantastic trip children really enjoy it (November 2021 - Primary School)




Fantastic trip children really enjoy it (November 2021 - Primary School)




(October 2021 - Primary School)




(September 2021 - Primary School)




The gardens were a great location for students to explore and develop their shooting skills, with many interesting plant forms to Photograph. (September 2021 - Secondary School)




An excellent visit to support our science and geography work. Workshop was great and enthusiastically delivered. Children really enjoyed the day. Super communication from James, the education manager. (June 2021 - Primary School)




(March 2020 - Secondary School)




A fantastic trip in which children both revised, extended and furthered their learning (March 2020 - Primary School)




(January 2020 - Secondary School)




Children had a great time. Staff were very friendly (November 2019 - Primary School)




excellent support provided by the botanical gardens staff (November 2019 - Secondary School)




(November 2019 - Secondary School)




(September 2019 - Primary School)




It was the Cambridge ones, but they were excellent (September 2019 - Secondary School)




The content of the trip was good and very focused on the exam specification. The small group work worked really well for the pupils who went on the trip and they responded well to this. The pace of the session could have been better, especially at the start. (June 2019 - Secondary School)




(June 2019 - Primary School)




(June 2019 - Primary School)




(June 2019 - Primary School)




(May 2019 - Primary School)




(May 2019 - Primary School)




(March 2019 - Primary School)




they had a great time but the weather was cold and wet (March 2019 - Primary School & Secondary School)




Really nice trip (February 2019 - Primary School)




(February 2019 - Secondary School)




(January 2019 - Primary School)




(January 2019 - Primary School)




(November 2018 - Secondary School)




The staff at the venue were absolutly wonderful. Due to travelling on the bus it meant that we were going to miss out Rainforest Animal session, however, I telephoned them on the way and they made arrangements for us to have a slightly shorter session. The room that we were in for our talk and lunch was comfortable and clean. The talk was very interesting and the children really enjoyed both the talk and seeing?handling the animals. The plants and gardens are amazing. It was a pity that we travelled by bus which took us over 2 hours to get there across unsafe roads. No seat belts were available on the buses which I think was a safety risk on such a long journey. (September 2018 - Primary School)




We had a really nice day, studying aspects of the rainforest. A nice set of resources, but the animals were a firm favourite. (September 2018 - Primary School)




Great teacher led sessions. Communication with staff, both prior and during visit, was excellent. Allocated storage area for belongings. Be aware that the children are required to use hand wash between touching animals during the rainforest fun teaching session - Suitable alternative needs to be taken for those who have allergy issues. Also - There is a function room adjoining one of the glass houses (arid)- use should be checked before entering so that children can be advised of an appropriate volume so as not to cause an interference. L.C (June 2018 - Primary School)




(June 2018 - Primary School)




An excellent visit (again). Well led workshop which engaged pupils and covered appropriate curriculum objectives. Excellent surroundings and good facilities. On line risk assessments and maps available plus worksheets and activities to complete for self led tours and learning. Staff were friendly and helpful and checked throughout our visit that we were okay and the visit was meeting our expectations/needs. We booked a space for lunch incase the weather was bad and were provided with a classroom space to keep our belongings in and use as a 'base' for the day. Thank you. Pupils loved being immersed in plants and trees as well as looking at the birds and fish. The playground was also enjoyed by them too. (May 2018 - Primary School)




(May 2018 - Primary School)




It was an enjoyable trip which was helped by the guidance of the staff. Both sessions and the self-lead tour were great and the children learnt a lot. (March 2018 - Primary School)




(March 2018 - Primary School)




(February 2018 - Primary School)




Contact

Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses
Westbourne Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
West Midlands
B15 3TR
LOtC

Pricing

Educational prices frozen since 2016!

Just £6.20 per student for entry to the Gardens or £7.40 if you opt for a teaching session for your class.

Can’t decide which of our exciting and educational teaching sessions to choose? Don’t worry – treat your students to two.
Visit us any time before March 2022 and you can choose to receive two teaching sessions for only £10 per student!

Opening Times

The Gardens are open every day, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, from 10 am.

It's always summer at the Gardens!

Description

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 and Rock Gardens to marvel at the beautiful flora found on the Tundra.

How do bananas and pineapples grow? Why is white chocolate white, but milk chocolate brown? Why do cactus plants look so strange? How do your shoes link to the rainforest? What is a Tenrec? Find out the answer to these questions and many more, as your pupils explore our glasshouses and flourishing gardens.

Allow us to share the knowledge and experience we have gained over nearly 200 years in one of 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 educational resources.

Pricing

Educational prices frozen since 2016!

Just £6.20 per student for entry to the Gardens or £7.40 if you opt for a teaching session for your class.

Can’t decide which of our exciting and educational teaching sessions to choose? Don’t worry – treat your students to two.
Visit us any time before March 2022 and you can choose to receive two teaching sessions for only £10 per student!

Opening Times

The Gardens are open every day, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, from 10 am.

Contact

Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses
Westbourne Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
West Midlands
B15 3TR
LOtC

Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.7
38 reviews


Excellent
 
71%

Very Good
 
26%

Average
 
3%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
0%

November 2021 - Primary School




November 2021 - Primary School
Lovely trip. Children had a great time and learnt alot.



November 2021 - Primary School
Fantastic trip children really enjoy it



November 2021 - Primary School
Fantastic trip children really enjoy it



October 2021 - Primary School




September 2021 - Primary School




September 2021 - Secondary School
The gardens were a great location for students to explore and develop their shooting skills, with many interesting plant forms to Photograph.



June 2021 - Primary School
An excellent visit to support our science and geography work. Workshop was great and enthusiastically delivered. Children really enjoyed the day. Super communication from James, the education manager.



March 2020 - Secondary School




March 2020 - Primary School
A fantastic trip in which children both revised, extended and furthered their learning



January 2020 - Secondary School




November 2019 - Primary School
Children had a great time. Staff were very friendly



November 2019 - Secondary School
excellent support provided by the botanical gardens staff



November 2019 - Secondary School




September 2019 - Primary School




September 2019 - Secondary School
It was the Cambridge ones, but they were excellent



June 2019 - Secondary School
The content of the trip was good and very focused on the exam specification. The small group work worked really well for the pupils who went on the trip and they responded well to this. The pace of the session could have been better, especially at the start.



June 2019 - Primary School




June 2019 - Primary School




June 2019 - Primary School




May 2019 - Primary School




May 2019 - Primary School




March 2019 - Primary School




March 2019 - Primary School & Secondary School
they had a great time but the weather was cold and wet



February 2019 - Primary School
Really nice trip



February 2019 - Secondary School




January 2019 - Primary School




January 2019 - Primary School




November 2018 - Secondary School




September 2018 - Primary School
The staff at the venue were absolutly wonderful. Due to travelling on the bus it meant that we were going to miss out Rainforest Animal session, however, I telephoned them on the way and they made arrangements for us to have a slightly shorter session. The room that we were in for our talk and lunch was comfortable and clean. The talk was very interesting and the children really enjoyed both the talk and seeing?handling the animals. The plants and gardens are amazing. It was a pity that we travelled by bus which took us over 2 hours to get there across unsafe roads. No seat belts were available on the buses which I think was a safety risk on such a long journey.



September 2018 - Primary School
We had a really nice day, studying aspects of the rainforest. A nice set of resources, but the animals were a firm favourite.



June 2018 - Primary School
Great teacher led sessions. Communication with staff, both prior and during visit, was excellent. Allocated storage area for belongings. Be aware that the children are required to use hand wash between touching animals during the rainforest fun teaching session - Suitable alternative needs to be taken for those who have allergy issues. Also - There is a function room adjoining one of the glass houses (arid)- use should be checked before entering so that children can be advised of an appropriate volume so as not to cause an interference. L.C



June 2018 - Primary School




May 2018 - Primary School
An excellent visit (again). Well led workshop which engaged pupils and covered appropriate curriculum objectives. Excellent surroundings and good facilities. On line risk assessments and maps available plus worksheets and activities to complete for self led tours and learning. Staff were friendly and helpful and checked throughout our visit that we were okay and the visit was meeting our expectations/needs. We booked a space for lunch incase the weather was bad and were provided with a classroom space to keep our belongings in and use as a 'base' for the day. Thank you. Pupils loved being immersed in plants and trees as well as looking at the birds and fish. The playground was also enjoyed by them too.



May 2018 - Primary School




March 2018 - Primary School
It was an enjoyable trip which was helped by the guidance of the staff. Both sessions and the self-lead tour were great and the children learnt a lot.



March 2018 - Primary School




February 2018 - Primary School