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University of Bristol Botanic Garden

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University of Bristol Botanic Gardens

About

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:

  • Mike S
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Delightful
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    We have been meaning to visit for a long time and today we succeeded and were not disappointed.The garden was beautifully kept with everything clearly labelled.The Chinese Medics garden was... Read full review
  • StIvesmaid2014
    St Ives, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Don't miss this if you are in Bristol
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 31st May 2018
    What a treat . Greatly surprised to see this wonderful garden, in the rain on a cold May day. Need to go back on my next visit to see the change in seasons. Full of information and very well tended... Read full review
  • Richard M
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    More interesting than I expected
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 30th May 2018
    To be fair, I have little interest in gardening...my wife does that. But I do like gardens and this one is very good. Quite precise as one might expect from a university enterprise. Even the weeds... Read full review
The Holmes
Stoke Park Road
Stoke Bishop
Bristol
BS9 1JG

Tel: +44 (0)117 428 2042

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Opening Times

Please check website for opening times (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* Please check website for opening times throughout the year.

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