Penny Brohn UK

Help change life with cancer. For good

National Centre

From our home in Bristol, we run the only centre of its kind in the UK, with guests and visitors coming to us from all over the world to learn more about our Bristol Whole Life Approach.

From this base, we run free services – residential and day – for anyone living with cancer. Find out more about these courses.

The Gardens

Having access to nature is an important part of our approach, and for most people it’s what makes spending time at our Centre so special. Our four acres of landscaped gardens are lovingly maintained by our team of volunteer gardeners.  Each area of the garden has been designed to encourage visitors to explore and enjoy the natural world.

You can read more about our garden on our Garden blog. Alternatively, you can read about the history of the gardens.

Purple and yellow flowers in the garden.

Dining Room

Lunch is served daily from a menu designed by our chefs and nutritional therapists according to our Healthy Eating Guidelines. For those on residential courses, we offer breakfast, lunch and supper as well as a range of healthy snacks throughout the day. We aim to use locally- sourced ingredients wherever possible.

In 2016, our kitchen was awarded the Gold Award from the North Somerset “Eat Out Eat Well” Scheme, becoming the 2nd eating establishment in North Somerset to get the Gold.

Lady serving herself salads in the dining room.

The Library

There are a number of areas within the Centre where you can come and simply sit and rest. Our library contains comfy sofas where you can base yourself and read a range of books, some of which are available to buy in our shop.

Read our book reviews.

Penny Brohn library book displays and comfy chairs.

Art Room

The Art Room is open for use whenever the busy sign is not showing on the door and is where we run our Creative Community sessions.

We’d love you to come and use our arts and crafts to help you express yourself. Please contact Reception on 0303 3000 118 to find out when our Art Room is available.



Our Sanctuary is a beautiful place where you can sit and reflect and find some space for yourself.

It is sometimes used for meditation groups but mostly it is free for you to find some peace and quiet during your time with us.

Calm scene with a pink orchid on window cill


Each of our 26 bedrooms are designed to make your stay as relaxing as possible with en suite bathrooms and comfortable beds.

Some of the bedrooms are adjoining for those who need support from their carer.

Lady relaxing, reading a booklet on bed


For more energetic activity, we have a brand new gym, refurbished thanks to our new partnership with The Bodyworks Project.

Our new-look gym is now open! Drop in for an introduction with Alisa or book yourself in for 1:1, pairs or small group training. You’ll be able to use the equipment after a short induction and book onto sessions with The Bodyworks Project.

To book call 0303 3000 188 or email

Entrance doorway to the Gym


Like many communities, the shop is a hub of activity, and Penny Brohn is no different!

Featuring many of the ingredients which feature in our Healthy Eating Guidelines, as well as donated goods, books and gifts, it’s a great place to hear the latest chatter.

You can also purchase items through online shop.

Two people browsing herbs and spices in the shop.


The National Centre has developed a great deal over the years. Ham Green House, which now forms the East wing of our National Centre, was first built between 1710 and 1730 and is Grade ll-listed and forms the original building.

In the late 18th century, the house was owned by the Bright family. Richard Bright Jnr., known for his rigorous scientific approach to medicine, became a leading doctor, famous for his work on kidney diseases, including the discovery of the condition we now know as Bright’s disease.

In the 1890’s the house was converted into an isolation hospital, in particular for infectious diseases found among sailors entering into Avonmouth. It was also used as a sanatorium for people with tuberculosis with additional buildings providing ward space.

Following the NHS’ formation in 1948, the house became part of a general hospital, specialising in kidney dialysis. It remained in use as a hospital until the mid- 1980s and was purchased by Penny Brohn Cancer Care (as we were then known) in 2002.

The refurbished building was opened in 2006 with help and design input from our patron, HRH the Prince of Wales.

Our main space is named the Barough-Aubertin Building, in honour of Nina Barough-Aubertin, founder of Walk the Walk who have supported us unfailingly throughout the history of the charity.

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