University of Bristol Botanic Garden

The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, BS9 1JG

Tel: +44 (0)117 428 2042

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University of Bristol Botanic Garden

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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 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 £8.00 per person.

 Admission to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden is £7 per adult (including Gift Aid £7,70), 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.

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Opening Times

Please check website for opening times (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Please check website for opening times throughout the year.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • burgundio
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      beautiful well organized garden
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 19th April 2022
      historical garden with a great collection and environent, the chinese medicinal plants are a plus, do not miss the greenhouse with the jade vine Read full review
    • warbis66
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Good for a sunday afternoon stroll
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 19th April 2022
      Love coming here for a wonder, when visiting my son at Uni. Clean, quiet, well laid out, great signage about the plants. Read full review
    • cltc43
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Very enjoyable but expensive
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 20th May 2022
      Hidden away at the back of The Downs, these gardens are very well-cared for and contain a large variety of bushes, trees and flowers, all set off by a couple of ponds/lakes. The area of Chinese... Read full review

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    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. Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info

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