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Visiting the Tropical Ravine

  • Coronavirus update

    In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Tropical Ravine is closed.

  • Opening hours

    Currently closed in line with COVID-19 regulations.

  • Guided tours

    For more information on guided tours or to book a place, contact

  • Directions to the Tropical Ravine

    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.

    Travelling by coach or minibus

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

    There are street parking restrictions beside Botanic Gardens. We will not accept responsibility for any parking tickets given to groups. If your group has mobility requirements, please tell us when booking a guided tour.

  • Attractions and facilities

    Walking routes

    There are walking routes in Botanic Gardens.

    Botanic Gardens

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


    Breastfeeding is welcome in the Tropical Ravine.

    Find out more about the breastfeeding welcome scheme.

    Belfast Wi-Fi

    Free Wi-Fi is available at the Tropical Ravine.

    Read our Wi-Fi terms and conditions

  • Access to Tropical Ravine ground floor

    There is limited access to the ground floor. You can arrange access when booking a tour and for certain activities in the Tropical Ravine Programme.

    To find information on tours and activities, go to Events and education at the Tropical Ravine.

  • Victorian Vignette guided tours

    Our Victorian Vignette tours in the Palm House and Tropical Ravine take place weekly on

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

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

    Booking a tour

    Visitors can only access the ground floor during a tour. Booking is essential. Spaces are limited to groups of 20 people. To book your space, email  or call us on 07775 031 345. There might be a waiting list to book. To book a weekend tour, you must book by 2pm on Friday.

  • Accessibility at the Tropical Ravine

    The Tropical Ravine is accessible to wheelchair-users. There is lift access to the exhibition on the ravine walkway. Some doors are not automatic.

    Accessible toilet

    There is an accessible toilet in the building.



  • People with hearing loss

    The Tropical Ravine has an induction loop system. Before your visit, contact for more information.

  • Sign Language videos

    We have videos about the Tropical Ravine in three languages. You can watch the video you need on a mobile device when visiting the Tropical Ravine.

    • Tropical Ravine (British Sign Language)
    • Tropical Ravine (Irish Sign Language)
    • Tropical Ravine (International Sign Language)

Map of the Tropical Ravine

Tropical Ravine

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