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Prices and Frequently Asked Questions


Teachers Pre-Visit 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 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?

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 booking.

How many classes can be booked on a visit? 

We currently have indoor lunch space for two classes.

What clothing and footwear are best for the trip?

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 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?

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.


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