Prices and Frequently Asked Questions
||Free (must be booked in advance)
|Garden Entry Only (includes coat storage and lunch room)
||£75 per 30 children (with accompanying adults FREE).
|Guided EYFS, KS1, KS2 or KS3 Programme with a Learning guide
(includes coat storage and lunch room)
||£95 per 30 children (with accompanying adults FREE)
Advised ratios for supervising adults
Appropriate numbers of responsible supervising adults should be
brought with the school for safety, particularly when pond dipping
is involved. All adults with the party get FREE entry.
- EYFS: 1 adult per 2 students.
- Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs): 1 adult per 5 students.
- Key Stage 2 (7-11 yrs): 1 adult per 8 students.
- Key Stage 3 and above (11-14 yrs): 1 adult per 10
- Key Stages 4/5: 1 adult per 12 students.
What days can school groups book?
Any, 7 days a week with the exception of the christmas
What age groups can visit Ness Botanic
All age groups are welcome on self-guided tours but specific
guided programmes are only available for EYFS, KS1, KS2 and KS3.
All groups must be pre-booked.
What facilities are available at Ness Botanic Gardens
for school groups?
Indoor rooms, located in the garden, are provided for the
school to use throughout their visit in which lunches, bags and any
non-valuable equipment can be stored. Lunch can be eaten in these
rooms. The rooms are close to toilet facilities, including a
disabled toilet. Rooms must be reserved at the time of your
How many classes can be booked on a
We currently have indoor lunch space for two classes.
What clothing and footwear are best for the
It is essential to bring waterproof jackets in case of
inclement weather. Sensible flat shoes, preferably waterproof with
good grips for both children and adults are highly recommended
as the site is undulating and routes can be damp, even in the
summer (morning dew on the ground). Additionally, don't forget sun
hats and sun cream and remind your adult helpers to be suitably
kitted up as well.
What times is it advisable to arrive?
A usual visit, starts at 10.00 am (different start times are
available if required). If you have booked a Learning Ranger
they will usually meet the school party as they alight the coach (1
guide per up to 30 children plus their supervising adults).
How long will the guided session be for?
The Learning Guide will be with the school party for
approx 2 hours. Teachers should inform us, at the time of
booking, if toileting or a snack break is required before the tour
commences to help us plan the tour.
Do the education sessions align with the new National
The tour and activities will link to the new National
Curriculum. At the time of booking, please state the guided tour
topic that you want to study, the age group(s) and any special
requirements so that the tour can be tailored to your needs.
Is there a risk assessment?
A generic risk assessment is available from Ness Botanic
Gardens, but teachers will need to complete a specific assessment
to cover their own trip by carrying out a pre-visit. Specific
activities carried out independently by the school party should
also be risk assessed.
Can Teachers make a Pre-visit?
Yes, it is fully recommended that the teacher, intending to
bring a school party, should make a pre-visit to find out more
about what Ness Botanic Gardens can offer the school, tour the
garden and carry out a risk assessment. This visit is FREE but must
be arranged with us in advance.
What information will schools need to supply Ness
Botanic Gardens about their visit?
Schools will be asked to supply, in advance, full details of
teachers leading the party, numbers of children, ages, any special
requirements and the topic they would like to study on their visit.
Most of this detail is on the school booking form. A standard risk
assessment form is also available. When you contact us to arrange a
date for your visit you will be supplied with a booking form.
Contact us and make an