Royal Fort Gardens

Royal Fort Gardens, Bristol: Address, Royal Fort Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Royal Fort Gardens
4.5
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Although owned by the University of Bristol, the Royal Fort Gardens are open to the public for the majority of the year. The core garden was designed in 1800 by Humphry Repton and widely used for student activities. Visitors will enjoy classic buildings, mature habitats and biodiversity and public art: 'Follow me' Jeppe Heins, 'Hollow' Katie Paterson and stainless steel totems by Julian Warren.
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1-2 hours
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Drew Stiles
Bristol, UK16 contributions
Misty Photographer
Aug 2021
I first discovered the Royal Fort Gardens pre-COVID in 2020, and as restrictions have allowed I have re-visited this fantastic location which is visited by a variety of people.
Written August 20, 2021
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BubblesnDancing
Bristol, UK82 contributions
Lunch time walk
Feb 2019 • Couples
Had a stroll round this city centre garden next to the university on a Saturday afternoon. They were peaceful and had some lovely installations. Great spot for eating your lunch and enjoying the vast array of flowers.
Written March 12, 2019
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#Ciccone
Bristol, UK624 contributions
20minute wander
Jan 2019 • Solo
I walked around expecting to see a little more art. Admittedly I haven't picked the best time when the flowers are in bloom and it's sunny enough to sit. However it's free and I can imagine it's pretty in summer
Written January 26, 2019
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incredibish
Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom96 contributions
Wonderful (and free) art installation in a lovely parkland
Sep 2018 • Friends
We visited deliberately to photograph the installations, "Follow Me" and "Hollow", and we spent a good couple of hours in the gardens doing so. If we'd have thought it thorugh we would have picnic'd here too, as the setting is delightful. The art was as predicted, very photogenic and interesting. We went on a weekday before term began at Bristol University, and it was a quiet sunny day.
Written September 12, 2018
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Russ L
Bristol, UK435 contributions
Simply splendid
May 2018
A most beautiful, serene and well tended gardens, in a delightful setting. The original Royal Fort Gardens were designed by Humphry Repton about 1800, with some early surviving trees. Changes to the gardens since 1800 are tasteful, sympathetic and harmonious.....ahhh those luck physics students.
Written May 29, 2018
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RobininBRISTOL
Bristol, UK1,122 contributions
Some lovely statuary
Sep 2017 • Family
There is the garden - in the middle of the Uni but almost hidden. A fine place to visit with some great modern hard landscaping. Peaceful too - well most of the time!
Written March 11, 2018
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Vincent B
Bristol, UK956 contributions
City centre tranquility
Mar 2018 • Family
A true hidden gem right in the city centre. Chances are you have never heard of or seen this garden but if you have then you will know that it is a really great place to have a stroll through any time of year. There is an abundance of plants, trees, and sculptures to see many which have signs explaining what you are viewing. It is well worth seeking this place out.
Written March 4, 2018
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KevinRayment
Welwyn, UK834 contributions
Very attractive
Sep 2017 • Family
Very attractive gardens. I particularly liked the mirrored scupture that changed as I walked past it.
Written September 10, 2017
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AMGullick
South Wales, UK50 contributions
Pretty little space.
Jul 2017 • Friends
Such a pretty picnic spot or a place to revise. Lots of shaded areas and benches to relax on. Has some really nice art dotted around, and a secluded lily pond with ducks.
Written July 12, 2017
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SJCiren
Bristol291 contributions
Magical!
May 2017 • Family
This was a planned visit and it far exceeded our expectations! Royal Fort Gardens is an absolutely beautiful space, enjoyed by Bristol University students but open to the general public too. The mirrored labyrinth would be a huge hit for little ones, and it kept us and our teen sons highly amused for a good half hour! The Hollow, miniature forest sculpture is something else - created using 10,000 unique tree species. It's unlike anything we've ever seen before - truly inspiring. The garden is a great spot for a picnic, but close on foot to Park Street and all its eateries too. Visit this summer, on a fine day I'd say is better...you'll honestly not be disappointed!
Written May 17, 2017
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