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Belfast Tropical Ravine reopens after £3.8m upgrade

By Andrew Madden

The £3.8m makeover of the Tropical Ravine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens has been completed and it is now open to the public.

Belfast City Council invested £1.5m in the project, which is housed in a listed building in the gardens dating back to 1887.

A contribution to the revamp was made by the Friends of Botanic Gardens Group, with funding also provided from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The 131-year-old building has been restored with many of its original Victorian features reinstated or preserved.

The building features an open reception area on the ground floor and has been made more energy efficient to retain heat, ensuring plants have the right environment to grow.

The Tropical Ravine features new interactive and digital exhibits.

Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister officially reopened the attraction by unveiling a plaque, alongside the chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund Sir Peter Luff.

She said it was a "unique asset" for Belfast and had "no doubt that it will continue to attract new visitors".

Jason Parkes in Tropical Ravine yesterday
Jason Parkes in Tropical Ravine yesterday

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