Ethnobotany 101: A Walking Tour of St Werburgh’s

Plants and people have a long and fascinating history together. From medicine and food to commerce and culture, plants have shaped our lives in many ways. But how much do you know about the plants that grow in your own neighbourhood?

Join The Apothecary Box for a fun and informative ethnobotanical walking tour of St Werburgh’s, one of the most vibrant and diverse suburbs of Bristol. Ethnobotany is the study of the connection between plants and people, and this tour will show you how to see your surroundings in a new light.

You will learn about the amazing uses and stories of plants from the biggest tree to the smallest weed, and how they've influenced the history and identity of St Werburgh’s. You'll also get to taste some traditional herbal remedies in the form of tea or tincture, and discover their benefits and effects.

The tour ends near a cosy local pub, where you can continue the conversation and share more stories about the plant kingdom with your guide and fellow explorers.

This is a unique and memorable experience that will enrich your knowledge and appreciation of plants and people. Whether you're a curious local or a visiting traveller, you'll find something to surprise and delight you on this tour.

There are four different routes to choose from: St Werburgh’s, Kingsdown & Cotham, Totterdown, and Clifton. Each one offers a different perspective and a different flavour of Bristol’s ethnobotany. Don't be surprised if you end up wanting to join all four!

Minimum fitness level required.

Age restrictions: 10+

Adult £15
Child (under 18s) £15
Student £15

How to get there


  • Experience takes place outdoors

On the day

The start time is 11:00 am. Please note: We will leave the start point no later than 11.10 am, please be on time. Call the number if necessary.

Dogs are most welcome! There is a steep slope during this walk, which is unfortunately not accessible to wheelchair users. Please inform me of any medical conditions or assistance you may require. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 3 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 3 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Nicholas Edwards

Nicholas has been a herbalist since 2009 and more recently completed a Master's in Ethnobotany. His interests are in health and wellness, plants, language, and travelling.

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