Historic Gardens

The University of Bristol is the guardian of an impressive range of listed buildings and historic gardens. Many are associated with key figures in Bristol’s past and contain assets of international, national or local importance. 

 Gardens are located in and around the city of Bristol and include:

Many of the University’s historic gardens are attached to halls of residence in Stoke Bishop and Clifton and can be enjoyed by students and staff alike. The Royal Fort gardens are situated at the heart of the University’s city campus, are open to the public and free to visit. Gardens and architecture in the City Campus can be appreciated by taking a stroll around the streets of the Tyndall Avenue Conservation area. Campus maps are available here.

Gardens that are not accessible to the general public are now being opened for a variety of guided tours, events and talks. We hope to raise awareness of these assets and showcase their wealth of flora, fauna and architecture. For more information about our tours and events programme please click here.

The summer of 2013 saw the formation of the University Heritage Volunteering group, set up to assist with the refurbishment of the historic Clifton Hill House garden. The aim of the project is to restore a part of the garden to an original nautical ‘sextant’ design using natural materials. 

Goldney Hall, Wills Hall and Clifton Hill House are available as an elegant and charismatic venue for conferences, weddings, functions, banquets and filming. Please visit the University of Bristol Conference Office team for more information. 

University of Bristol Historic Gardens Book, Second Edition

Further information on our Historic Gardens can be found  in our publications.

Historic Gardens Book Cover for historic book web page  

Using many original archive resources, this book has been researched and written by Marion Mako, who studied for an MA in Garden History at the University. Proceeds from the sale of the book and greeting cards (sold at the end of the garden tours) is put towards the work of the committee. Copies of the book are available from the University's online shop and cost £7.00 including postage, they can also be purchased when attending a Historic Garden Tour

  The Journal of the Garden History Society has also produced a publication in 1989 on the Natural History of the Goldney Grotto, Clifton, Bristol, written by Robert Savage.   This is not available online so please request a copy through the Historic Gardens Administrator, see below for details.   There is no charge for this but we would suggest a donation be made towards the work of the historic gardens.

University Historic Buildings & Gardens Committee

As an active body, the Historic Buildings and Gardens Committee aims to be proactive in identifying, overseeing and delivering conservation projects throughout the University whether it be buildings, landscapes or other artefact's of historical significance.

The Committee is very grateful for the donations that it receives in order to deliver these developments. For example recent funding allocations have helped us to provide:

Alan Stealey, Chair, Historic Building and Gardens Committee, July 2013 - present