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.
It is currently hosting The Impossible Garden a unique set of new experimental sculptures, by artist Luke Jerram, inspired by visual phenomena. The exhibition aims to enhance our understanding of vision and is open to the public throughout the summer. As visitors explore the garden, they will discover 12 engaging art exhibits, designed to stimulate debate about how visual impairments can affect our perception of the world around us.
Other 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
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 DirectionsFor comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info
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- LizB2716Trip Type:FamilyNice gardensSaturday, 25th August 2018We visited here for the Impossible Garden exhibition which was very good. The gardens themselves are maybe not 'stunning' but very interesting and there is a lot of helpful information. It's... Read full review
- WernethNottingham, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelInteresting exhibition but quite a long walk from the bus stopWednesday, 29th August 2018Really though provoking exhibition by Luke Jerram about perception. I was impressed by how many plants were packed into this relatively small space and the display boards are well done and... Read full review
- BrucieBEssexBoyEssex BoyTrip Type:CouplesAn oasis in the heart of the CityTuesday, 11th September 2018Oasis of peace and quiet and colour within easy reach of the City Centre. Has to be a great spot to visit for weary travellers and enthusiastic gardeners alike Read full review
Stoke Park Road
Tel: +44 (0)117 428 2042
|Please check website for opening times (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)|
* Please check website for opening times throughout the year.