Historic Parks and Gardens are designed landscapes, which are of special historical interest because of their layout, features and architectural ornament.

There are many historic parks and gardens in Bristol:

  • Some are medieval deer parks
  • Others, like Blaise Castle - designed by Humphry Repton, date to the Georgian era
  • The Victorians also created a number of important municipal parks, such as Eastville Park.

Many significant parks and gardens, are protected by Policy NE9 of the Bristol Local Plan. These were originally identified in a Register compiled by the Avon Gardens Trust.

The English Heritage Register

English Heritage also maintains a Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Entries are Graded I, II* or II. The English Heritage Register does not give statutory protection. However, the inclusion of a garden is taken into account when assessing planning applications which may affect it.

Arnos Vale Cemetery, Ashton Court, Blaise Castle and Hamlet, Brislington House and Goldney House are Grade II* (which means that they are of "outstanding" importance nationally).

Kings Weston House, Oldbury Court and Royal Victoria Park, Brentry, are Grade II.

Details about these historic parks and gardens can be found by searching on the Parks and Gardens UK link.

For further information contact us.

Contact information


Bristol City Council
City Hall
PO Box 3399
Bristol BS1 9NE

Email: conservation@bristol.gov.uk
Tel: 0117 922 3000