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Victorian Belfast 

The Tropical Ravine is developing a self-led schools’ programme to showcase the heritage of the Tropical Ravine and Botanic Gardens including Victorian invention and innovation. 

This resource is in development with roll out expected in November 2018. 

These Self-led tours will be free of charge and cater for KS1 and KS2 learning. 

  • Session: Self- Led 
  • Session length: Approx. 1.5hr 
  • Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 
  • Cost per child: free 
  • Max. size of group: contact Education Officer to discuss requirementsbotaniceducation@belfastcity.gov.uk

Multi Media Learning 

In partnership with Nerve Centre Belfast

The Tropical Ravine is currently developing a schools learning resource with pre and post visit classroom support and self-led visit to the Botanic Gardens Belfast to showcase the Gardens plants, their uses and environment and our relationship with these plants. This resource will include learning through Minecraft, augmented reality and coding. 

This resource is in development with roll out expected in November 2018.

This schools resource with self-led visit is free of charge and caters for Foundation Stage, KS1, KS2 and KS3 learning.

Pre and Post Visit Classroom support

  • Session: Minecraft and Coding with lesson plans
  • Session length: Time will vary depending group
  • Available: via education Officer email botaniceducation@belfastcity.gov.uk
  • Cost per child: free 
  • Max. size of group: n/a

Self-Led Visit 

  • Session: Self-Led visit through augmented reality lesson plan
  • Session length: Time will vary depending group, Approx. 1-2hrs
  • Available: via education Officer email botaniceducation@belfastcity.gov.uk
  • Cost per child: free 
  • Max. size of group: contact Education officer to discuss requirements

How to book a visit

If you would like to book your class onto a self-led educational visit, please contact us in advance of your proposed date to check availability and to discuss your group’s requirements.

For more information and/or booking email botaniceducation@belfastcity.gov.uk

School groups which are not formally booked in may be subject to restricted access or staggered entry, due to the maximum number of visitors allowed in the building at any one time.     

We will email you a confirmation of your booking and visit information.

How to Access Pre and Post Visit Classroom Resources

Please contact botaniceducation@belfastcity.gov.uk to request a resource pack emailed.

Preliminary visits

We recommend that teachers visit the newly refurbished Tropical Ravine for familiarisation with the new building, exhibition and facilities. 

If you would like to discuss your school visit or see the lunch space in the Bowling Pavilion, please arrange to meet a member of staff by emailing us on botaniceducation@belfastcity.gov.uk

Facilities

Lunches and picnics

The Bowling Pavilion can be booked for groups to have lunch while visiting the Gardens. The Pavilion is 3-5 minutes’ walk from the Ravine. It is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible toilet. Please tell us when you book if you want your group to have lunch in the Bowling Pavilion. 

Belfast WiFi

Free WiFi is available at the Tropical Ravine.

Accessibility

Wheelchair and mobility 

The Tropical Ravine is accessible to wheelchair users within the spaces used for a full educational visit, including the Tropical Zone and the Ravine walkway. There is lift access to the exhibition on the Ravine walkway, but some doors are not automatic.  

Lunches and picnics

The Bowling Pavilion can be booked for groups to have lunch while visiting the Gardens. The Pavilion is 3-5 minutes’ walk from the Ravine. It is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible toilet. Please tell us when you book if you want your group to have lunch in the Bowling Pavilion. 

Toilets

There is an accessible toilet in the Tropical Ravine building. There are also public toilets in the Gardens which have an accessible toilet. Please request the key to make the latter available to your group if you are touring the Gardens. 

Disabled parking

If your group has mobility requirements, please advise us when booking to facilitate your needs. 

Hearing impaired 

The Tropical Ravine has an induction loop system. If a member of your group needs to use this, please advise when booking.

Book a group

To book a trial session please email botaniceducation@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone 9031 4762.

Please note that booking is essential for all educational groups.

We will email you a confirmation of your booking and visit information.

If you need to cancel your booking, please call us as soon as possible by phoning 028 9031 4762.