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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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 and Rock Gardens to marvel at the otherworldly 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 in the Rock Garden, be amazed by the National Bonsai Collection in our Japanese Garden, stop and smell the many edible and medicinal plants 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!

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 185 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 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.


We recommend that group leaders carry out a pre-visit, even if you have been to the Gardens before. For free admission any time during the Gardens’ opening hours, simply contact the Education team ( / 0121 450 5093) to book. (Please note that any other visitors accompanying you will be charged normal admission.)



Accessible by Public Transport, Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, On Site Parking


Coach Parties Welcome, Groups Welcome, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,


Cafe, Picnic Site, Shop, Toilets,






Covid Review




0121 450 5093

Opening Hours

Open from 10am every day, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day


Educational visit prices frozen for fifth consecutive year!
Off-peak (Aug-Feb):
£6.20 self-guided, £7.40 entrance with teaching session
Peak (Mar-Jul): £6.80 self-guided, £8 entrance with teaching session
All price inclusive of VAT

Off-peak Special Offer – Can’t decide which of our exciting and educational teaching sessions to choose? Don’t worry – treat your students to two. For visits before March 2022, you can choose to receive two teaching sessions, and pay just £10 per student.


Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR

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