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Events and education at the Tropical Ravine

  • Events at the Tropical Ravine

    Events are usually free but you need to book.

  • Volunteering at the Tropical Ravine

    There are opportunities to volunteer at the ravine. If you have a passion for plants and heritage and would be interested in giving tours and engaging with visitors, you could join our Tropical Ravine team.

    For more information, email or call 07775 031 345.


  • Education visits

    The Tropical Ravine is a unique, historic building in Botanic Gardens. It was created in Belfast’s Victorian heyday to display rare and beautiful tropical plants brought to the city from around the world.

    Our Victorian Gardens

    This resource is for schools. It is self-led and showcases the Tropical Ravine and Botanic Gardens' heritage, explores Victorian invention and engineering and explains plant properties and uses.

    Information Details
    Session Led by teacher
    Location Tropical Ravine upper walkways, ground floor tropical zone and Botanic Gardens
    Access to the Tropical Ravine ground floor will only be available when booked through the Education officer
    Resources on site worksheets, clipboards and Activity Box with tools for onsite learning
    Session length session length will vary depending on group requirements: thirty minutes to 3 hours
    Available Tuesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning and Friday morning
    Maximum group size Contact the Education Officer by email

    This resource is in development and free. For more information, to book your class on site and use this resource, contact the Tropical Ravine education officer

  • Digital Ravine Pack

    This learning resource includes pre and post Tropical Ravine visit classroom support and a self-led visit to the Tropical Ravine.  This resource focuses on rainforest and native plants, their uses and built environment and our relationship with these plants. This resource will include learning through Minecraft, augmented reality and coding. 

    Pupils will need access to digital tablets to participate in this resource. This self-led resource caters for Foundation Stage, KS1, KS2 and KS3 learning. The resource is in partnership with Nerve Centre Belfast.

  • Lunches and picnics

    The Bowling Pavilion can be booked for groups to have lunch while visiting the gardens. The pavilion is five minutes’ walk from the ravine. It is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible toilet. If your group wants to have lunch in the Bowling Pavilion, you should tell us when booking your visit.

  • Belfast WiFI

    Free WiFi is available at the Tropical Ravine.

  • Accessibility

    The Tropical Ravine is accessible to wheelchair-users in 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 walkway, but some doors are not automatic. 

    Accessible toilets

    There is an accessible toilet in the Tropical Ravine building. There are also public toilets in Botanic Gardens which have an accessible toilet. You should request the key for toilets in Botanic Gardens if your group is touring the gardens.

    Disabled parking

    If your group has mobility requirements, you should tell us when booking.

    People with hearing loss

    The Tropical Ravine has an induction loop system. If your group needs to use this, you should tell us when booking.

  • Book a school group

    Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) education tours are suspended.

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Tropical Ravine

Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT7 1LP

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