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.