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Coronavirus update

As a precautionary measure in response to coronavirus, the Tropical Ravine is closed.

For more information about the Tropical Ravine, contact: 

Belfast Botanic Gardens 
Belfast 
BT7 1LP

Telephone: 07775 031 345
Email: tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Accessibility at the Tropical Ravine

Opening hours

Area  Monday Tuesday to Sunday
Tropical Ravine  Closed to the public (except bank holidays) 10am - 4pm
Palm House  10am - 4pm 10am - 4pm
Botanic Gardens
View our park opening hours for more details

Opening hours may vary during public and bank holidays. View holiday arrangements opening hours.

Guided tours

For more information on guided tours or to book a place contact tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Location

Belfast Botanic Gardens 
Belfast 
BT7 1LP


Directions

You can take  Metro bus no. 8 and get off at Queen's University. You can also take Metro bus no.7 and get off at College Park.

You can enter Botanic Gardens at Botanic Avenue, Stranmillis Embankment and University Road. The Tropical Ravine is nearest to the University Road entrance.

By coach or minibus

There are no parking spaces within the Belfast Botanic Gardens. Your coach can drop off and pick up along Stranmillis Road. 

Please note that there are parking restrictions in the immediate vicinity of the gardens. Belfast City Council will not accept responsibility for any parking tickets incurred by groups. If your group has mobility requirements, please advise us when booking to facilitate your needs.

Facilities

Walking routes

Other attractions

Botanic Gardens contains assorted tropical plants, giant bird feeders, a rose garden, an alpine garden, mature trees, flower beds and sculptures.

Breastfeeding

We welcome breastfeeding in the Tropical Ravine.

Belfast WiFi

Free WiFi is available at the Tropical Ravine.

Tropical Ravine Lower Access

Access to the ground floor of the Tropical Ravine is limited and available through booking of tours and certain activities in the Tropical Ravine Programme. 

Information on the tours and list of activities can be found on the What’s On page.

Victorian Vignette Guided Tours

Our Victorian Vignette tours in the Palm House and Tropical Ravine will take place weekly at:

  • Tuesday: 2pm 
  • Wednesday: 11am 
  • Thursday: 2pm 
  • Saturday 10.30am 
  • Sunday 1.30pm 

Duration of tour: one hour 

Visitors can only access the lower level of the Tropical Zone during these tours. Booking is essential and spaces are limited to groups of 20 people.

To book your space, email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk  or call us on 07775 031 345.

The tour will meet at the front entrance of the Palm House 10 minutes before tour start time. 

Please note that due to demand there may be a waiting list to book.

Please make all bookings for weekend tours by 2pm on Friday afternoon. Email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk.

Accessibility at the Tropical Ravine

Wheelchair and mobility 

The Tropical Ravine is accessible to wheelchair users. There is lift access to the exhibition on the Ravine walkway, but please note some doors are not automatic. 

Toilets

There is an accessible toilet in the Tropical Ravine building.  

People with a hearing loss

The Tropical Ravine has an induction loop system. Please contact tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk for more information prior to your visit.

Sign Language videos 

We have videos available for the Tropical Ravine in three languages. You can watch these videos as you make your way through the Tropical Ravine by accessing on your mobile device.