University of Bristol Botanic Garden

University of Bristol Botanic Garden
The Holmes (opposite Churchill Hall)
Stoke Bishop
Bristol
City of Bristol
BS9 1JG
England

Website

www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden

E-mail

botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk

Telephone

0117 331 4906

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Giant Amazon Water Lily in Glasshouse
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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 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.
Our 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 £4.50 per person.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Environmental or ecological centre, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Please see website for details. www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden

Visiting groups are welcome and guided tours are offered by appointment.

Admission charges

Admission to the Garden is £3.50 Free to Friends of the Botanic Garden, University staff and students and children under 16.

Getting there

The Botanic Garden is signposted from the junction of Stoke Hill and Stoke Park Road and is located a couple of hundred yards along on your right, opposite Churchill Hall. 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.
Directions to The Holmes
Travelling 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.

If you are using a GPS system (Sat nav etc), please use the postcode: BS9 1JG.
Travelling by public transport

From Bristol city centre From City Centre take Bus No.40 to Stoke Bishop, alight at top of Stoke Hill (ask for the war memorial in Stoke Hill)
From Temple Meads railway station take Nos. 1 or 54. 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.
Nearest rail link:

Clifton Down then onwards by bus, bicycle or on foot.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Floating Ballast Seed Garden Boat Tour

  • 6 August 2014 5:30-7:30pm
  • 14 August 2014 5:30-7:30pm

Take a boat trip from the Arnolfini to through part of Bristol’s floating harbour where you will be introduced to the historic Welsh Back and site of Bristol former castle before boarding the ballast seed garden to learn about the project and take a close look at the plants.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Advance booking required. £7.00/£5.00.

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The Bee and Pollination Festival

  • 6 — 7 September 2014 10am-5pm

This Festival aims to highlight the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and the importance of bees and other pollinators for food production. A live hive will give visitors an insight into the workings of the honey-bee along with talks and displays on the importance and pleasure of keeping bees.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Getting there

The Botanic Garden is signposted from the junction of Stoke Hill and Stoke Park Road and is located a couple of hundred yards along on your right, opposite Churchill Hall. 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.
Directions to The Holmes
Travelling 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.

If you are using a GPS system (Sat nav etc), please use the postcode: BS9 1JG.
Travelling by public transport

From Bristol city centre From City Centre take Bus No.40 to Stoke Bishop, alight at top of Stoke Hill (ask for the war memorial in Stoke Hill)
From Temple Meads railway station take Nos. 1 or 54. 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.
Nearest rail link:

Clifton Down then onwards by bus, bicycle or on foot.

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