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 Univeristy of Bristol are pleased to announce that their Botanic Gardens will re-open from 18 September.  This will initially be for Friends of the Garden and University of Bristol staff and students, opening for general public on the week commencing 12 October. In the short term the Botanic Garden will remain closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank holidays due to staff and volunteer shortages at these times. For more information, visit their website

​​​​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.

From January 2020: 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.

Opening Times

Please check website for opening times (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* Please check website for opening times throughout the year.

The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2020
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    72
  • Very Good
    55
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Recent Reviews:

  • Ginny D
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Botanic Gardens
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 23rd October 2019
    Fantastic variety of plants here. The glass house is small but great and the outdoor garden is really interesting. The cafe was quite expensive but a nice place to sit outside. Read full review
  • Javidardos
    Madrid, Spain
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Not worthy in Autumn
    3 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 16th November 2019
    I think that this place must be beautiful in spring, but we went today and it was a bit sad. Empty and a bit bit messy...I have to say that the best part were the glasshouses. I think that the ticket... Read full review
  • maddersm
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Such a great collection with lovely green houses
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 19th February 2020
    Nice way to spend the day and enjoy it at a slow pace. The green houses are the best part and it's wheel chair accessible. 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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