Riverside Garden Centre and Cafe are open! (closed Easter Sunday 9th April 2023)
Our cafe closes half an hour prior to the garden centre closing.
Breakfast (9:30-11:30) and Lunch (12:00-2:30)
We are open on all bank holidays except Easter Sunday. We close from 25th December and reopen 2nd January. More updates will be posted nearer those times.
Riverside Garden Centre is the largest independant garden centre in the city. We are based in the community of Southville, whi
Our address Clift House Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1RX. Please see our 'How to get to Riverside' page for more information on routes by foot, public transport or car.
On the 28th November 2022, Bristol City Council introduced a 'Clean Air Zone' (CAZ) to the city. Riverside is just within the zone.
The council estimates that more than 70% of vehicles are compliant with the CAZ emissions requirements, but this still means that some customers using older vehicles may have to pay a charge when visiting us as we are within the zone. The ‘Clean Air for Bristol’ (CAB) website tells you all you need to know about the scheme including a vehicle checker which you can use to find out if your vehicle is compliant or not. If not, then you will need to pay a charge of £9 for each day that you enter the CAZ.
Staff have been working hard to ensure the garden centre and café remain Covid safe. Hand sanitiser is available throughout, facilities are regularly cleaned, and staff ensure a high standard of safe practice. Contact-less payment with no card minimum is available.
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Harbour Hopes engagement during the autumn 2021 and left messages of support for Riverside. This was given special mention in the engagement report (pages 10 & 11) which will be key to the next stage of planning for the area. We really appreciate you taking the time to become involved, and we will keep you fully informed as the next phase of the process unfolds during the early part of next year.
See our most recent post for how this report affects Riverside.
Progress of the Western Harbour masterplan was recently writtemn about in a Bristol Post article (7 Feb 2023): Bristol council wants £5.6m to progress Western Harbour project
We do not have any open vacancies at the moment but please send in an application if you would like to. All vacancies are advertised on our website vacancies page, on posters and on our social media.
Yes! We email out our newsletter once a month with updates of what's going on at Riverside and new plants and products you may be interetsted in! Take a look at our previous blog posts and sign up to to be added to our email list.
You can also follow us on our social medias where we post regularly with new products and plants, seasonal tips and Riverside updates.
Instagram - @riversidegardencentre
Facebook - @riversidegardencentrebristol
Twitter - @Riverside_GCHQ
We are accepting cash in both the garden centre and café, although we would prefer contactless card payment if possible.
Both National Garden Gift Cards and Riverside Vouchers (£25 only) are available to purchase and use at Riverside. However, we are not able to post them to you so must be bought in person. You can purchase National Garden Gift Vouchers on the HTA website or at www.nationalgardengiftvoucher.co.uk. They are accepted in our garden centre and cafe.
We are set up for disabled access: we have disabled parking spaces right next to our entrance - there is a short, gentle slope from the entrance down into the garden centre itself. We have a dedicated disabled toilet and all of the garden centre and café is accessible (either flat or with slopes where there is a change in height). There are a few areas where the surface is gravel so possibly not the easiest for an (unassisted) wheelchair. Our staff are more than happy to help if necessary.
Yes, dogs are welcome inside and out but please keep them on leash and off of furniture. Dog bowls are also stationed throughout
Our toilets are open. We have a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities available.
The play area is open! Please take care when slippery.
We do not offer booking in our cafe but will try our best to accomodate you on your visit. If you are coming in with a larger group (8+), the cafe would appreciate team would appreciate a call to let us know.
Please fill out an enquiry form. We are taking some customer orders depending on the enquiry. Due to limited supply, we cannot guarantee we can fulfil orders but we will try!
Please call us or fill out a customer enquiry form online and we will get back in touch as soon as we can. We continue to be very well stocked with a range of indoor and outdoor plants, soils, equipment and more. In store, our friendly and knowledgeable staff can give you advice on specific plants and the options best for your space.
Council Garden Waste Sacks and Food Waste are in stock! Available by our shop tills. We sell Garden Waste Sacks for £2.50 each.
Go on the Bristol City Council website to book a collection.
The apple collection service has now started for 2023. Bags can be collected from our tills. Please find out more on the apple collection page.
We have a good range of soil types and compost available at the garden centre. We only stock Peat-Free Compost at Riverside!
Yes, there is a baby changing station in all toilets.
Clift House Road
Bristol, BS3 1RX
A range of teas, coffees, juices and cakes are served all day...Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm Sunday 10.30am - 4.00pm