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 collections 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 £6.50 per adult (including Gift Aid; £6 without), children under 18 - free of charge, students free (on production of a Student Card)
£8.00 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 DirectionsIf 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. Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info
Public Transport DirectionsFor comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good52
- Jane FBristol, United KingdomA little gem of a garden.Friday, 13th September 2019A lovely garden with lots of unusual and rare plants. Good information boards with lots interesting content, maybe not for young children though. Particularly enjoyed the Chinese pharmacology garden... Read full review
- jane jWhat a treat on a lovely September day.Tuesday, 17th September 2019Found out about this garden from a leaflet in Bristol Library and couldn't wait to visit. The garden is so interesting, set around a beautiful Victorian House, which is partly used for students... Read full review
- powdiesBristol, United KingdomGood use of limited spaceThursday, 10th October 2019A nice botanic garden, not huge, but some really good use of the available space with themed displays, and interesting glass houses of exotic plants. Read full review
Stoke Park Road
Tel: +44 (0)117 428 2042
|Please check website for opening times (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
* Please check website for opening times throughout the year.