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Prices & FAQ's


Teachers Pre-Visit Free (must be booked in advance)
Garden Entry Only (includes coat storage and lunch room) £45 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 students.
  • 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 holidays.

What age groups can visit Ness Botanic Gardens?

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?

A room will be 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 this room. The room will be close to toilet facilities. Must be reserved at the time of your booking.

What clothing and footwear are best for the trip?

It is essential to bring waterproof jackets in case of inclement weather. Sensible, flat shoes for both children and adults are highly recommended as the site is undulating. 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 Guide 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 Curriculum?

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?

Ness Botanic Gardens is an outdoor sloping site with natural hazards of slippery surfaces, tree roots and water features etc so schools should come suitably prepared and appropriately clothed for their visit. It would be advisable for the school to do a pre-visit 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. 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.


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