An unusual nature reserve, partly on top of a railway viaduct with wildflower meadows and woodland.

The Coombe Brook flows under one of the railway arches.


  • Opening hours: Open at all times
  • Admission is free.
  • No public toilets. The nearest public toilet is at Eastville Park.
  • Fairly steep steps leading up to the embankment, not suitable for wheelchairs.

How do I get there

Royate Hill is located in Eastville, north east Bristol and can be accessed from Edward Street, next to Greenbank Cemetery, off Royate Hill

Royate Hill Nature Reserve, BS5 7EG

Google map of Royate Hill nature reserve

Community support

The Friends of Royate Hill Nature Reserve is an active volunteer group that's involved with the maintenance of the site. 


Situated on a former railway embankment which was constructed in 1870s to form part of the Clifton Extension Railway.

The site was compulsory purchased in 1996 and designated as a Local Nature Reserve by Avon County Council after a five year high profile campaign by Avon Wildlife Trust and local people to save it from development.


Site of Nature Conservation Interest.