Contact information

Visitors' address:

University of Bristol Botanic Garden
The Holmes
Stoke Park Road
Stoke Bishop
(Opposite Churchill Hall of Residence)

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.

For free access to the Garden, events and fascinating lectures, plus free seed collected in the Garden, and a seasonal newsletter, become a member. See the Friends page for more information.

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

  • Stop number 7 on the City Sightseeing open-top bus tour.  Hop on and off at your leisure throughout the day, see the timetable here. Buses run at weekends throughout the year and every day from the beginning of April to the end of September.
  • 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 2. 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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Opening times

January, February, March, November and December

Open Monday to Friday

From 10:00am until 4:00pm, or dusk if earlier

Closed on Saturday and Sunday except for advertised winter tours.

The University and Botanic Garden will be closed from 24th December 2014, reopening on 5th January 2015.

The Welcome Lodge will be closed but informational leaflets will be available and a donation from non-Friends is requested.

Devers room closed.

April and May

Open Monday (including bank holiday of 26th May) to Friday and Sundays
From 10:00am until 4:30pm

Devers room closed except for the Easter event.

Closed on Saturdays except Easter Saturday.

Admission charge Adults £3.50 School age children free

June, July, August and September

Open seven days a week (including bank holiday of 25th August)
From 10:00am until 4:30pm

Admission charges apply.

Teas on the terrace; every Sunday throughout August and September for Garden visitors, served from the Devers room in the Holmes.


Open Monday to Friday and Sundays
From 10:00am until 4:30pm

Closed on Saturdays.

Admission charges apply.

Devers room closed.

Garden admission charges

  • Adults - £3.50; children under-16 - free
  • Friends of the Garden - free
  • University Staff, University Retired Staff and Students free

Dogs (except registered disability assistance dogs) are not permitted in the Botanic Garden.

The Garden is largely accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters with a designated path leading around the Garden and glasshouses. Disabled toilet facilities are available on site.

Please note: Pre-booked Guided Tours of the Garden for groups of 10 upwards are available seven days a week: call 0117 3314906 for more information.

See events for dates of events at the garden.

Contact details

Postal Address

University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Hollybush Lane
Stoke Bishop

Telephone: 0117 331 4906

Find out about all our current short courses and workshops in the Garden here.

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