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Brandon Hill Nature Park

A haven for wildlife and wildflowers in the heart of Bristol

The Trust pioneered urban conservation in Bristol in 1980, by turning an area of Brandon Hill Park into a haven for wildlife in the heart of the city.


This meadow is in the heart of Bristol city. It is full of cowslips in spring but during the summer ox-eye daisies, yellow rattle and knapweed add a fine splash of colour. Frogs, toads and smooth newts breed in the pond and birds such as blackcap and jay may be seen along the woodland walk. The top of Brandon Hill commands a fine view of the city towards the River Avon. The river takes a sharp bend to the north to flow through the Avon Gorge.


Brandon Hill is owned by Bristol City Council and managed by agreement.

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Justin's Meadow at Ashton Court
2 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Bennett’s Patch and White’s Paddock
2 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Royate Hill
3 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Located in the centre of Bristol, in the south-west corner of Brandon Hill Park overlooking Jacobs Wells Road.
Bristol, Clifton
Map reference
ST 578 727
Great for...
a family day out
geological interest
historical interest
stunning views
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
1.81 hectares

Access from numerous points. Some steps and slopes, mainly easy access. Access for wheelchairs from Great George Street and Berkeley Square only.
Walking information
Access for wheelchairs from Great George Street and Berkeley Square only.
The nearest parking is West End Car Park or metered spaces on Great George Street, Berkeley Square or Jacobs Wells Road.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust