University Of Bristol Botanic Garden

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University Of Bristol Botanic Garden

Welcome to a beautiful garden filled with a huge diversity of plants, including many exotic species set in inspirational displays against the backdrop of a striking Victorian house. The University of Bristol Botanic Garden is the first new University botanic garden to be created in the United Kingdom for nearly forty years. The 1.77 hectare garden has been designed to tell stories about plant evolution and is home to four core plant collections:

These collections are planted in educational displays that convey the drama of plants in the wild, aspects of their evolutionary biology and immerse the visitor in the display, transporting them to many different habitats. The large glasshouses provide the right climatic conditions for many exotic plants including cacti, orchids, carnivorous plants and unique within Bristol the giant Amazon water lily and sacred lotus collection.‌

The garden is situated in Stoke Bishop, just a few hundred meters from the edge of Durdham Down and a short walk from Bristol zoo. We provide a teaching resource for plant sciences within the University of Bristol, a centre for adult education, a resource for local schools and a new cultural attraction for the city of Bristol. Look up our opening times and see it for yourself!

Origins of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden

In 1882 Bristol University College awarded their Lecturer of Botany, Adolf Leipner, a grant of £15 for the purpose of laying out a botanic garden. Leipner raised a further £89 and the garden was built on waste ground adjacent to the newly opened buildings of University College at the top of University Road, near to Royal Fort House in Clifton, Bristol. Later the garden moved to a site adjacent to Tyndall Avenue which became known as Hiatt Baker Garden.

How to find us

University of Bristol Botanic Garden

The Holmes
Stoke Park Road
Stoke Bishop

Google map

You can view the Botanic Garden’s location and get directions using the University’s Google precinct map.

By car

From the city centre

Travel to the top of Whiteladies Road and from the traffic lights on Blackboy Hill proceed across the Downs (with the Water Tower on your right). Continue across the next traffic light and Stoke Park Road is the first main turning on the right off Stoke Hill.

From the M5

Exit at junction 17 (Cribbs Causeway) and take the A4018 following signs for City Centre and Zoo until you reach the Downs. Turn last exit at first roundabout on Downs (White Tree Roundabout) in the direction of Shirehampton. Proceed down Parry’s Lane then first left into Saville Road to Stoke Hill. See above.


Parking is available in the walled garden car park on site, or where legal to do so in Stoke Park Road (please respect the driveways of our neighbours). Cars and bicycles must enter via the Stoke Park Entrance as there is no vehicle entrance or access to the Botanic Garden via Hollybush Lane. Please note that the Downs has free parking for a maximum of five hours and is a short walk from the Garden.

By public transport

  • Bristol Insight open-top bus: stop number six (Ladies Mile), see their timetable for further information.
  • Bus from Bristol city centre: take bus number four to Stoke Bishop, alight at top of Stoke Hill (ask for the war memorial in Stoke Hill on the edge of the Downs). You will see our brown sign at the entrance of Stoke Park Road.
  • Bus from railway station (Temple Meads) take number one or two, alight at White Tree Roundabout and walk along Saville Road to Stoke Hill.

Proceed down the hill and take first right into Stoke Park Road and entrance is 200 metres on the right.