8 Parks And Gardens In Bath That Show The Beauty Of The City
The beautiful city of Bath is a green city, surrounded by countryside which stretches right to Bath’s doorstep. There are green views in every direction from the centre of the city and plenty of parks and gardens within the city itself to enjoy the best of Bath. If you’re local, a lockdown walk at one of these top 8 parks and gardens within Bath is a must, or if you’ve got your staycation at Burghope Cottage planned for later in the year, be sure to check out a few whilst you’re visiting!
1. Royal Victoria Park
Royal Victoria Park was opened in 1830 by Queen Victoria herself, when she was just 11 years old. The area covers 57-acres of beautiful green parkland, and as it’s just a short walk from the city centre, it’s the perfect place for a picnic in front of the magnificent Royal Crescent. There’s plenty to do within the park; enjoy a round on the 18-hole mini golf course, a game of tennis, or feed the ducks and stop for a coffee at the Pavilion Café. During summer, you’ll be able to watch the hot air balloons set up before taking to the skies, or in winter head to Victoria Park for the open-air ice rink to get in the Christmas spirit.
2. The Botanical Gardens at Royal Victoria Park
Located within Royal Victoria Park and possibly one of the most beautiful features, The Botanical Gardens, formed in 1887, is host to one of the finest collections of plants and shrubs in the West Country. Stroll along the many walkways to enjoy the incredible replica of a Roman Temple, a scented walk, rock garden and pool, and the large collection of roses. Take some time out from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a little peace and quiet within this tranquil garden.
3. Alexandra Park
Alexandra Park is the place to go for that picture-perfect view of the beautiful city of Bath. This 11-acre park opened in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII and offers impressive panoramic views over the city. The park is accessible via a long flight of steps known as Jacob’s ladder, or by taking the Shakespeare’s Avenue route. We highly recommend visiting the park in time for sunset too – the warm glow on the Bath stone buildings is simply stunning.
4. Sydney Gardens
Situated at the end of Great Pulteney Street, behind the Holburne Museum, Sydney Gardens is the oldest park in Bath and one of the few remaining 18th-century pleasure gardens in the UK. The gardens were frequently visited by the famous author Jane Austen, who lived directed opposite, and by members of the Royal family. Within the gardens, you’ll find many trees, shrubberies, lawns, flower beds and tennis courts. Cinema and theatricals also take place throughout summer months. The Kennet and Avon Canal runs through the park, with a wide towpath, perfect for cycling or a leisurely walk.
5. Parade Gardens
Right in the centre of Bath city, Parade Gardens is one of Bath’s most popular pleasure grounds. The views of Pulteney Bridge and weir are simply stunning from this park and the incredible flower displays are among the finest in the country – keep a look out for the annual 3D floral feature in summer. We highly recommend visiting during the warmer months; grab a deck chair, enjoy a sandwich and cake from the charming café, or bring your own picnic and appreciate the live music from the bandstand.
6. Prior Park Landscape Garden
The National Trust’s Prior Park Landscape Garden, created in the 18th-century by Bath philanthropist Ralph Allen, is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath. The famous bridge is one of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world that can be crossed. Explore the woodland paths, enjoy the amazing wildlife, or just relax and admire the view with a picnic during summer months.
7. Henrietta Park
Henrietta Park opened in 1897 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The historic, 7-acre park with extensive shrubberies, fine trees and beautiful flower beds is situated within walking distance of the city centre, between Henrietta Road and Great Pulteney Street. Walk the winding network of paths which divide the space into a series of peaceful areas and enjoy the charming remembrance water garden, where scented plants surround a pretty pond.
8. Alice Park
Alice Park is a little gem on the eastern side of Bath, set in 8 wonderful acres of land. The park offers 6 tennis courts open to all, a community garden, boules piste, a family friendly play park and an award-winning, fully licensed café open 7 days a week. It’s a beautiful spot to get some exercise or stroll with a latte! Make sure you follow their Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest news, events and menu.
There’s no better way to enjoy some time together than with a relaxing stroll and a well-stocked picnic in one of these 8 beautiful parks around Bath. Wherever you decide to explore, from relaxing by the river in Parade Gardens, to enjoying Royal Victoria Park’s beautiful botanical gardens, we hope you take joy in the picturesque views, fresh air and pretty spaces that Bath has to offer.