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Visiting the Tropical Ravine and Palm House

  • Opening hours

    The ravine and Palm House are open to the public. Guided tours are not available. 

    Opening hours might change on public and bank holidays.

    Venue Times
    Tropical Ravine

    1pm to 4pm
    Last admission at 3.45pm

    Tuesday to Sunday
    10am to 4pm
    Last admission at 3.45pm
    Palm House Monday to Sunday
    10am to 4pm
    Botanic Gardens Park opening hours
  • Guided tours

    Guided tours are not available. 

    For more information on guided tours, email

  • Victorian Vignette guided tours

    During coronavirus, the tours are suspended.

  • 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.

  • 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, email 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. These links open in a new window, on YouTube. 

  • COVID-19 (coronavirus) update

    The Tropical Ravine and The Palm House are open to the public. We have measures in place to keep you safe. These include:

    • signage on wearing face coverings and social distancing; staff at the entrance are advising the public also before entering
    • a one-way system
    • entrance to the ravine is at the museum side
    • exit from the ravine is at the park side
    • covid guidance signs (social distancing)
    • Track and Trace 
    • hand sanitising stations for visitors 

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Tropical Ravine

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