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Educational Visits

The Botanic Garden offers enriching outdoor learning experiences for all students. Our landscape and plant collections provide a feast for the eyes, and we encourage visiting groups to learn to look. The development of observation skills is a fundamental scientific tool, which we aim to support at all levels.

Schools, Universities, Horticultural and Further Education Colleges within the UK system should explore the options by clicking on the boxes below.

Booking forms can be found in the How to Book & charges section.
Bookings can be made now for Spring & Summer term 2018. Call 01223 331875.

Within the Botanic Garden there is a flourishing Schools’ Garden which demonstrates vegetable and fruit growing alongside temporary plantings chosen to inspire teachers and schools who might be gathering ideas for their own growing spaces. Here we can provide hands-on gardening activities for school children visiting the Garden and CPD training sessions for teachers. Our new classroom, The Geoffrey and Eileen Adams Garden Room in the Schools' Garden is available for use by schools who pre-book (chargeable).

You can choose to arrange an Assisted Visit with one of our Learning Officers (chargeable) or come on an Unassisted Visit and lead the day yourself (free). Please see our How to Book and charges section for more information and call us on 01223 331875 or email to check availability.

Please be aware that there are some areas of the Garden which are not accessible to school groups. The Limestone Rock Garden [map location 7], the stepping stones on the lake, the British Wild Plants area and chalk upland near the Cafe [map location 16] and the Garden Cafe + Cafe toilets.

To bring a non-UK school, language or summer school to the Botanic Garden, please follow the link to the left.