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University of Bristol Botanic Garden

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University of Bristol Botanic Gardens

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The University of Bristol Botanic Garden cultivates some 4,500 plant species from over 200 plant families within its five-acre site. This diversity of plants is unique and not found anywhere else in the Bristol area.

Special displays at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden include an Evolutionary Dell (with the dinosaurs’ favourite plants, ginkgos, cycads, tree ferns and the Wollemi Pine), rare South West native and threatened plants, Chinese and Western Medicinal Herb Gardens and The Mediterranean collection.

The Floral Diversity Collection reflects the extraordinary range of flower forms that have evolved to ensure that flowers are pollinated by insects, birds, mammals, wind or water.

The Angiosperm Phylogeny Collection demonstrates the use of DNA sequencing in plant classification and is the first planting representing this new understanding of plant classification in the UK. Here you will also enjoy an eye-level display of enchanting water lilies, when the weather is warm.

A trip to the glasshouses at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden will take you to the Amazon rainforest, the Highveld in South Africa, the cloud forests and a magical world of tropical food and medicinal plants. Star attractions here include the Giant Amazon Waterlily and the largest collection of the beautiful Sacred Lotus in the UK. Also on display is the cacao or chocolate tree, greatly prized by the Aztecs.

In addition to tours for visitors, the botanic garden holds a variety of events during the year including jazz, science picnics, art and sculpture exhibitions. There is also a full programme of courses offering a wide range of topics ranging from garden design, vegetable growing, gardening for wildlife to tree identification and botanical painting. Private day, evening and weekend guided tours can also be arranged for groups at £7.00 per person.

Admission to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden is £5.50 per adult (including Gift Aid; £5 without), children under 18 - free of charge, students free (on production of a Student Card)

£7.00 for a guided tour (includes adult ticket price, minimum of 10 people)

Note that entrance to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden is free to members of the Friends of the Botanic Garden Association during stipulated opening hours.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

If travelling by car from the city centre proceed across the Downs towards Stoke Bishop. Cross the traffic lights at the edge of Durdham Down. Stoke Park Road is the first turning on the right off Stoke Hill. The entrance to the Botanic Garden is opposite Churchill Hall, Stoke Bishop.

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info

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Recent Reviews:

  • sandra s
    bristol
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    WI Evening tour
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 10th May 2017
    Lovely interesting tour . Derek our Guide was brilliant so informative. So many unusual plants. Seats to relax and just take in all the stunning gardens. I think we will all be visiting again In... Read full review
  • RetiredBrit
    UK
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Simply fascinating - if you can find it
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 7th May 2017
    My wife, the plantswoman, wandered around entranced. I, he who delves and carries on her command, was fascinated by the historical lessons that the garden gave, quite unlike any such place I've seen... Read full review
  • Caroline K
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Beautiful
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 30th April 2017
    Lovely gardens with a multitude of plants, organised into areas and uses (e.g. Chinese Garden, Somerset plants, healing herbs). I loved the hot glasshouses! Low entry fee (£5.50) and free to... Read full review
The Holmes
Stoke Park Road
Stoke Bishop
Bristol
BS9 1JG

Tel: +44 (0)117 331 4906

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Opening Times

Please check website for opening times (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Please check website for opening times throughout the year.

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