University of Bristol, Main Campus

Although owned by the University of Bristol, the Royal Fort Gardens are open to the public for the majority of the year.

Following a failed attempt to develop the gardens for housing, at the end of the eighteenth century, renowned landscape architect Humphry Repton was commissioned to reinstate a garden in the 'English Landscape' fashion.

Repton produced a design which filled in the unsightly excavations; created an undulating lawn and screened the undesirable - or framed the desirable – views. A high wall surrounds and retains the garden. This would have acted as a 'ha-ha' to gain what, at the time, would have been unspoiled vistas.

The garden is now widely used for student activities and by the community for relaxation. It contains a small pond, trees and habitats, to increase the biodiversity, and visitors can also appreciate a mirror maze "Follow Me" designed by the internationally recognised artist Jeppe Hein.

Park Facilities

Café/Restuarant
Cycle routes
Dog Free Area
Events
Historic Building
Nature Reserve
Nature Walks
Parking
Picnic Area
Pond
Public Sculpture
Public Transport Links
Walking Routes
Walled Garden
Wildlife
Wildflower Area
Woodlands
Green Flag
Award Winner
Managing Organisation
University of Bristol
Contact
Kevin Stuckey
Telephone
0117 4282045