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Self-guided groups of young people

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Not everyone needs a tour guide and small groups of students are very welcome to come self-guided, but must pre-book.  Please understand that we are a registered charity and cannot waive admission prices to our site.

Primary and pre-schools must come as a guided group.

Uniformed Groups – Rainbows, Brownies, Beavers, Cubs, etc.

A perfect setting to bring your pack for a guided tour as part of outdoor interest badge like Wildlife Explorers or Seasons.

Activities could include pond dipping or mini-beast hunting, becoming a nature detective by identifying tracks or signs of animals and discovering trees from around the world. Our education department can custom design your trip at the gardens to suit your pack, or you can come self-guided.


Price and availability

  • Up to 16 years in full time education
    £2.50+VAT per student + £20 booking fee
  • Older groups in full time education
    £4.60+VAT per student + £20 booking fee
  • Available for our normal opening times. Allow 15 minutes for parent collection before closing

Self-guided trails

Our regularly changing self-guided trails highlight ten plants of current interest for you to discover and enjoy. Maps are available at the front desk.

We also offer seasonal, self-guided activity trails for families.

Booking Forms

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