Bath Parks and Gardens

(Bath, North-East Somerset, England, UK)

Bath Parks and GardensAlthough Bath may be a city known for its immense architecture, English Heritage buildings and Georgian streets, the city also comes with a number of surprisingly large parks and charming landscaped gardens, often being situated right in the heart of the action.

Queens Square offers a taster of what's in store and this small green space features a cluster of mature trees, benches, an obelisk erected by Beau Nash and a rectangular sand pit, where locals can regularly be seen playing boules.

Located right next to the Royal Crescent, the Royal Victoria Park plays an integral part to life in Bath and has numerous attractions within its grounds, including a fine collection of unusual plant specimens at the resident Botanic Gardens. Lying at the end of Pulteney Road and next to the recently extended Holburne Museum of Art, Sydney Gardens serves as a popular spot to eat sandwiches at lunchtime, as does the neighbouring Henrietta Park, reached via Sutton Street.

Alexandra Park

Address: Shakespeare Avenue, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA2 1EE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 477101
Alexandra Park is situated just off Bear Flat, at the very end of Shakespeare Avenue. This extremely elevated parkland lies at the top of a steep hill and offers some of the best panoramic views across Bath, which are simply spectacular and popular with photographers looking for panoramas of the cityscape. Other attractions include pathways, seating areas, a playground for children and large open areas of grass. If you are simply looking for a bench with a view, where you can eat a sandwich or some fish and chips, this is the place to come.
Open hours: daily - until sunset

Bath Parks and Gardens

Prior Park Landscape Gardens

Address: Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA2 5AH, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 833422
Owned by the National Trust, the Prior Park Gardens are situated on the south-easterly outskirts of Bath and were created in the 18th century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from Capability Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. Set in a sweeping valley with magnificent views of the city, Prior Park has many interesting attractions, including its Palladian Bridge, three large lakes and countless specimen plants. The gardens are easily reached using the city's bus network and regular buses are available from the station in Southgate, in the centre. Alternatively, you can walk here in around 30 minutes from the Bath Spa railway station.
Open hours: February to November, daily except Tuesday (February to April and October to November - 12:00 to 17:30, May to September - 11:00 to 17:30), December to January, Friday to Sunday - 12:00 to 17:30
Admission: charge, discounts available for children, free for members of the National Trust

Bath Parks and Gardens

Botanical Gardens at Victoria Park

Address: North side of Victoria Park, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA1 1EE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 477101
The Botanical Gardens in Bath are located on the northern side of the famous Victoria Park. Created more than 100 years ago and covering roughly 9 acres / 4 hectares, these gardens are close to the city centre and are home to many spectacular plants, trees and shrubs, including a number of unusual exotic specimens. Look out for the large Japanese maples, a replica of a grand Roman Temple, a scented walk, mature roses and a well-stocked herbaceous border. Of particular interest, the grounds are called home by the largest collection of plants growing on limestone in the West Country.

Georgian Garden

Address: Behind The Circus, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA1 1EE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 477101
The interesting Georgian Garden resides in the centre of Bath, close to Victoria Park, where it successfully recreates a typical 18th-century back garden. Created around 25 years ago, this small and perfectly formed formal Georgian Garden is well designed, with many traditional and authentic varieties of plants and flowers, as well as topiary box hedging and simple lines.
Open hours: May to October, Monday to Friday - early morning until sunset

Hedgemead Park

Address: Lansdown Road, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA1 1EE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 477101
Hedgemead Park lies in the Camden / Walcot district of the city and is set on a steep hillside. The park has been developed since the late 19th century, when more than 100 houses collapsed in a large landslide on this site. Today there are seating areas, open expanses of grass, a fun children's playground, colourful flower islands, rose borders, mature trees and an attractive bandstand.

Bath Parks and Gardens

Henrietta Park

Address: Henrietta Road, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA2 1EE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 477101
The wonderful Henrietta Park is one of Bath's most loved parks and covers around 7 acres / 3 hectares. With many huge trees, shrubs and large areas of flowers, the grounds were created in 1897 as part of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Highlights include the tranquil Memorial Garden, which has a large pond filled with goldfish and is surrounded by benches. There are also numerous Braille labels for the blind, along with pergolas covered with fragrant climbing roses and wisteria.

Parade Gardens

Address: Orange Grove, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA1 1EE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 477101
The Parade Gardens are situated close to the weir and river, in the heart of Bath. These central riverside gardens are a popular spot for tourists visiting the city and provide the perfect place for a picnic. There are seasonal flowerbeds, large trees, areas of open grass, views of the river, pathways, benches, regular children's activities and a bandstand where concerts take place most Sundays.
Admission: charge during the summer months

Linear Park

Address: Monksdale Road, Bath, North East Somerset, BA1 1EE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 477101
Linear Park is situated on the western side of the city and follows the route of a disused railway line. The park has many attractions for visitors, including areas filled with flowers, long pathways ideal for jogging, a number of native plants and much wildlife. Nearby, on Oldfield Lane, the Church of Our Lady and St. Alphege provides further interest.

Sydney Gardens

Address: Beckford Road, Bathwick, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA2 1EE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 477101
The centrally located Sydney Gardens are situated behind the Holburne Museum of Art in Bathwick, at the very end of Pulteney Road. Full of wildlife, including numerous grey squirrels, highlights include colourful flower beds, gazebos, benches, pathways, access to the canal, a play area for young children, tennis courts and many enormous trees.

Peto Garden at Iford Manor

Address: Off the A36, 7 miles South-East of Bath, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1NB
Tel: +44 (0)1225 863146
Iford Manor is situated roughly 8 km / 5 miles to the south of Bath and is situated within a hidden combe, alongside the River Frome. The stunning gardens at Iford Manor date back to the very end of the 19th century, when they were designed and initially landscaped by Harold Peto, who once owned the estate. Attractions include an impressive Italian garden with an authentic-looking terrace area, a Japanese garden with stone lanterns and maples, mature trees and specimen plants. During the summer season the gardens become a venue for intimate musical performances, recitals and operas, which are staged within the cloisters building. Much of the grounds are fairly steep and therefore access by wheelchair can often prove difficult.
Open hours: April and October - Sunday - 14:00 to 17:00, May to September, Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - 14:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children (children are only admitted in the gardens on weekdays)

Alice Park

Address: Gloucester Road, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA1 7BH, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 477101
With picnic tables, a playground area with a large sandpit, swings, a climbing frame and a spiral slide, Alice Park is perfect for families and resides on the north-easterly outskirts, close to the Lakehall Recreational Ground. Visitors will find an onsite café open at weekends during the summer months, as well as a wildlife pond and many large trees to shelter under on sunny days. Of note, the Bath Rugby Lambridge Training Ground is close by and serves as a handy point of reference.

Bath Maze

Address: Beazer Gardens, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA2 1EE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 477101
The Bath Maze is to be found near the steps of Pulteney Bridge and is always a favourite for passing children. Constructed from paving stones, the maze stands alongside the weir, in Beazer Gardens. There are a number of waterfront benches close by, while many locals simply choose to sit on the wall and enjoy a picnic lunch. The maze is a good place to pass some time if you are waiting for a boat trip.

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