Schools Visits to Tropical World Leeds

Schools Visits to Tropical World Leeds

Explore the habitats of the tropics and come face-to-face with some of the amazing animals that live there with Tropical World group and school visits. It is a great teaching resource and a visit will inspire and reinforce learning across much of the National Curriculum, from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4 and beyond.

School visit costs

  • Education Leeds schools​Free
  • Under 5sFree
  • Children aged 5-15 years (from schools outside Leeds)£3
  • Supervising adults (from schools outside Leeds)*Free
  • Additional adults (from schools outside Leeds)£6
  • Half day education workshop for class of up to 32 pupils (all schools)£65 per class

  • *One adult per 6 pupils. This applies to all schools.

How to pay

Payment is made on the day at Tropical World by cash, cheque or credit card.

Cheques should be made payable to Leeds City Council.

Please ensure you obtain your receipt upon making payment as these cannot be obtained after your visit

All admission prices include VAT

Unfortunately we are not able to invoice you for your payment

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Self-guided visits

Fascinating self-guided tours of Tropical World are available all year round. We offer these engaging and valuable learning experiences to Leeds schools for free!

Please note the charges for schools outside Leeds.

You can find out more about school visits in our schools FAQ.

Once we have received your booking form we’ll get in touch to confirm or offer you alternative dates if your first choice of date is unavailable

Please book early to avoid disappointment!

How to book

Simply fill in the booking form and return it to us to book a self-guided visit.

The form is in Word format and is 1.2Mb.


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We also have three fantastic two hour workshops for you to choose from. Each links to the science curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 with elements of geography, English and other subjects too.

The workshops on offer:

Eat or be Eaten!

Predators and prey – learn about the relationships between predators and prey amongst different types of animals you can see at Tropical World and in Roundhay Park.


The Native Woodland

Rainforest Comparison – children develop their knowledge and experience of native woodlands and compare them to rainforest habitats.



Through this workshop children learn about habitats, adaptation and the differences between the animal habitats in Tropical World versus those in Roundhay Park.


These interactive, hands-on workshops are led by our zoo education officer. They involve exploration and examination of the wildlife and habitats of Roundhay Park and are designed to complement your self-led tour around Tropical World. We recommend booking a morning tour around Tropical World with an afternoon workshop, or vice versa. All equipment is provided.

Workshops are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 21st February to 20th Oct 2017. They are extremely popular, so make sure you book early.

How to book

Prices: £65 per workshop per class of up to 32 pupils. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Simply fill in the booking form (Word 1.2MB) and return it to us to book on to any of the workshops.

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Frequently asked questions

Click to expandIs there anywhere to store bags and coats?

We do not have facilities to store bags and coats unless you have booked one of the Ann Maguire Education Rooms. Please bear this in mind when planning your visit. As Tropical World is hot and humid, it is highly likely your group will want to remove their coats. We advise you to leave your bags and coats on the coach, or bring rucksacks in which coats can be carried. Please ensure children bring bags they can comfortably carry for the duration of the visit.

Click to expandHow long does it take to go round Tropical World?

There is no time limit on how long your visit takes; typically it is around 1 – 1.5 hrs.

Click to expandHow much does it cost to book an Ann Maguire Education room?

The Ann Maguire education rooms are free of charge.

Click to expandWhere are the Ann Maguire Education rooms located?

They are located about 5 minutes' walk from Tropical World at the end of Mansion Lane (which is opposite Tropical World) and are attached to the Mansion building, postcode LS8 2HH.

Click to expandHow do we access the Ann Maguire Education Rooms?

Keys for the Ann Maguire education rooms will need to be collected from Tropical World and returned after your visit.

Click to expandIs there anywhere to eat lunch?

The Education rooms can be booked for children to have packed lunches. If these rooms are already booked you will need to make your own arrangements for having lunch.

Apart from the education rooms, there are no indoor facilities available for eating packed lunches at the site. However, there are tables and chairs available in the Canal Gardens, behind the entrance to Tropical World that you can use, or you can picnic in the park itself.

On rainy days you might use one of the bandstands in the park. These are marked on our map of Roundhay park (PDF 1.7MB).

Alternatively, our on-site café can provide lunch for your group - you can arrange this in advance by calling the café on (0113) 237 0495.

You are not permitted to eat your own food in the Tropical World café and anyone who does so will be asked to leave.

Click to expandWhere do coaches park?

Coach parking is at the Tram car park on Princes Avenue, coaches can drop off at Tropical World or the Ann Maguire Education rooms, but must park up within the car park.

Click to expandThings to take into consideration when visiting Tropical World

• It is hot within Tropical World
• Tropical World is always open to the public so there will be other visitors present when you visit
• The welfare of the animals is paramount and we can’t guarantee they’ll always be visible
• Please don’t feed the animals or bang on the glass

Click to expandFacilities within the park

• There is a map available on the Roundhay Park website showing the facilities at the park.

• There are 2 playgrounds within the park with the largest being located next to the Tram car park which is about 5 minutes' walk from Tropical World.

• Public toilets for the park are located next to the Mansion, at the bottom of Mansion Lane.

Click to expandFurther information and contacts

For more information on booking a school visit to Tropical World call 0113 378 6002 or email p&

For information on booking workshops, email

Twitter: @tropworldleeds

Click to expandCan we re-enter Tropical World?

There is no re-admittance once you have left Tropical World

Click to expandTropical World Carer Policy

Our current policy allows free admission for carers on a one:one basis; should there be a requirement for more than one carer these will be charged standard admission fees.

Click to expandIs Tropical World fully accessible?

Yes, it is all on one level, and there are accessible toilets at 2 locations within the building.

Click to expandDo you offer guided tours?

We don’t provide guided tours of Tropical World but a teacher’s pack is available in the documents section of this page which provides useful information about Tropical World and its inhabitants. We also provide educational workshops in Roundhay Park to complement your visit to Tropical World and make links to the curriculum. See the workshops section of this page for more information.

Click to expandCan teachers do a pre visit?

Teachers can attend Tropical World to do pre-visit risk assessments free of charge, just inform the reception desk upon arrival.

Click to expandTeachers Pack and Risk Assessment

The teachers pack and guide risk assessment can be found on this page in the Teacher's pack section.

Click to expandWhat is included in the goody bags?

The goody bags include branded stationary such as rubbers, pencils, etc.

Click to expandWhere are the toilets?

There are toilets located at the entrance of Tropical World, and another set of toilets inside the attraction.

Click to expandWhat are the Ann Maguire Education Rooms?

The Ann Maguire Education rooms are 5 minutes’ walk from Tropical World at the Mansion in Roundhay Park. They empty class rooms with toilet facilities where the workshops are based. They are also available for schools to utilise for things such as lunch, storing bags, and carrying out their own educational activities. There are two education rooms available to book

Teaching resources

Morelets and Meerkats

Find out about the Morelet Crocodiles and Meerkats at Tropical World. Download the example worksheet


Roundhay Park map

Don't get lost! View, download or print the Roundhay Park map and carry on exploring


Example risk assessment

Take a look through our generic risk assessment for visitors to the Tropical World experience




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