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Gardens and Walks

Looking for gardens to visit in Bristol? You’ll find more than just animals at Wild Place Project!

Our beautiful gardens contain unusual trees, shrubs and plants from around the world. Wild Place Project is home to an award winning RHS Chelsea garden and our very own Sanctuary Garden. As well as our gardens, Wild Place Project is home to wonderful woodland walks.


The Chelsea Garden

Wild Place Project is home to an award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower show-garden. Created by award winning garden and landscape designer Jo Thompson and commissioned by The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), this ‘Stop the Spread’ garden includes a beautiful sunken garden featuring herbaceous planting, quintessential woodland trees and lush shade-loving planting. This is dramatically contrasted with a symbolic avenue of bare and lifeless trees, an island holding a single seedling in a black pool.

Tower Meadow

With plenty of room to throw or kick a ball around and space to lay a blanket down, the Tower Meadow is the ideal spot for families.

Standing proudly in the centre of the Tower Meadow is the Hollywood Tower, which was built in 1839 and was originally designed to be an observatory. The clock in the tower was made by Dent who constructed 'Big Ben'.

Sanctuary Garden

The Sanctuary Garden was given its name because it is home to air raid shelters from World War II and would have been an area of protection and sanctuary for nearby families during the war. The aptly named garden will now provide sanctuary to plants in need of conservation.

The Sanctuary Garden has its own herb bed, which is used by the chefs in our Courtyard Café.

As well as ornamental elements displayed within this pretty garden, there is also edible plants that keepers feed to the animals.

Whether picnicking or strolling - visit our gardens in Bristol today for a perfect family day out!