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Ethnobotanical Tours of Bristol

Join Nicholas on an Ethnobotany-themed walking tour of Bristol's suburbs.

Plants are all around us, and although we may think of many of them as "weeds", most are actually potentially very useful in their own way. All plants have an interesting story to tell and have their own relationship with people and our culture, whether that be as medicine or food, in folklore, or from history.

 

Ethnobotany walking tours weave together the history, botany, and magic of the wonderful plants that live and grow in our neighbourhoods. These tours are ideal for anyone interested in herbal medicine, as well as gardening, plant sciences, ecology, or language. They're also a great way of seeing familiar places from the unique and multidisciplinary perspective of Ethnobotany.

Each of the walking tours is based around a different area of Bristol, and incorporates the flora found there, as well as some of the local history. Each walk focuses on a specific medicinal herb and there will be the opportunity to try a tincture and a tea.

Each tour starts at 11 am or 2 pm (depending on the route - please check below) and lasts between 75 and 90 minutes, depending on numbers. The cost is £12/person.

Private tours can be booked at additional times at £20/person, contact me directly to arrange this.

Gift vouchers are available. 

The tours are family and pet-friendly, dogs particularly welcome! However, they are probably not suitable for children under the age of 10. Please note: there are steep inclines during all tours.

Free on-street parking is usually available at the start/end points, as well as a local pub!

These tours are clear, simple to understand, and suitable for speakers of other languages.

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Saint Werburgh's

Start point: Outside the Duke of York pub, 2 Jubilee Rd, St Werburgh's, Bristol BS2 9RS

Start time: 11 am

Duration: 75-90 minutes

Including: Mina Road Park, City Farm, Narroways

Herb focus: Hawthorn

Upcoming Dates 2024:

10th March, 19th May, 14th July, 8th September 

Please note: the walk up to the top of Narroways is quite steep and not wheelchair accessible 

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St Mary Redcliffe, Victoria Park, Totterdown

Start point: Quaker Burial Ground, Redcliffe Way, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6SJ

Start time: 11 am

Duration: 75-90 minutes

Including: Redcliffe, Victoria Park, Perrett Park

Herb focus: Rosemary

Upcoming Dates 2024:

14th April, 9th June, 11th August

Please note: Perrett Park is quite steep

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Kingsdown and Cotham

Start point: Outside the Bell pub, 16-18 Hillgrove St, Bristol BS2 8JT

Start time: 2 pm

Duration: 75-90 minutes

Including: Kingsdown, Cotham Park

Herb focus: Rose

Upcoming Dates 2024:

14th April, 9th June, 11th August

Please note: the walk up to the top of Narroways is quite steep and not wheelchair accessible 

Clifton Village

Start point: Alderman Proctor's Drinking Fountain, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3HT

Start time: 2 pm

Duration: 75-90 minutes

Including: Clifton Village

Herb focus: Chamomile

Upcoming Dates 2024:

19th May, 14th July, 8th Septemeber

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Book online to secure your place

£12 per person

(including under-18s)

Full payment required to confirm booking

 

Referral scheme: 10% discount when booking with a referral code.

PRIOR BOOKING ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY

Follow the link below to email your booking. Please state the location and date you'd like to join.

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