Schools visits

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

  • Leeds Education Authority Schools​Free
  • Under 5s (all schools)Free
  • Children aged 5-15 years (from non-Leeds Education Authority Schools)£3.10
  • Supervising adults (all schools)*Free
  • Additional adults (all schools)£6.20
  • Half day education workshop for class of up to 32 pupils (all schools)£70 per class
  • *One adult per 6 pupils. This applies to all schools.

Please note that the entrance costs may change between now and the time of your visit, so make sure you check final costs before you set off!

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.

Admission prices are VAT exempt.

Unfortunately we are not able to invoice you for your payment.

Schools Visits to Tropical World Leeds

Self-guided visits

Fascinating self-guided tours of Tropical World are available all year round and are free for Leeds Education Authority Schools.

Please note the charges for non-Leeds Education Authority Schools. You can find out more about educational visits in our downloadable Tropical World Education Pack (PDF 1.42MB) or in the Teaching Resources section.

Once we have received your booking enquiry 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 enquiry form (WORD 191KB) and return it to us to book a self-guided visit.

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We also have four fantastic half-day 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. They can also be adapted for Early Years groups.

The workshops we offer are:


Learn about the animals, plants and resources of the rainforest and compare these to a native forest. This session includes activities in our native woodland where children use scientific skills to age trees and hunt for native wildlife.


Explore how animals are suited to their environment by looking at a range of habitats including rainforest, desert and native woodland. Use scientific skills to discover what makes up this habitat and which animals live there.

Eat or be eaten

Investigate what makes a suitable diet for some of the animals at Tropical World comparing adaptations between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Children will also explore our native woodland and investigate food chains in the forest.

Variety of Life

Children turn into mini zoologists in this session as they learn how to group animals according to their characteristics.


These interactive, hands-on workshops are led by our zoo education team and are designed to complement your self-led tour around Tropical World. All equipment is provided. We recommend booking a morning tour around Tropical World with an afternoon workshop, or vice versa. Further information on educational visits can be found in the Tropical World Education Pack (PDF 1.42MB) or in the Teaching Resources section below.

Workshops are available

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year.

Many activities take place outside in Roundhay Park but sessions can also be run indoors during the colder months and in very poor weather.

How to book

Prices: £70 per workshop per class of up to 32 pupils. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Simply fill in the booking enquiry form (Word 191KB) and return it to us to arrange your whole visit: a workshop with a self-guided tour around Tropical World.

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Roundhay Park map

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



Teaching resources

Meerkat worksheet

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


Tropical World Education Pack

Everything you need to know about bringing your class to visit Tropical World, including information on facilities, workshops and a virtual tour of the collection.


Example risk assessment

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



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