What better way to enjoy the summer sunshine than to relax in one of Bath’s beautifully maintained parks.

Here is a guide to Bath’s main parks and gardens.

Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park is a wonderful, tranquil green space with mature trees and magnificent views over the city of Bath.

Website: www.alexandraparkbath.org

Admission Charge: None

Directions: The main gate is situated at the top of Shakespeare Avenue, Bath BA2 4RQ

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Royal Victoria Park

Royal Victoria Park was opened in 1830 by Queen Victoria when she was aged 11. It is located a short walk from the city centre. The beautiful 57 acre site is a favourite for locals and visitors alike. The historic Royal Crescent is close-by.

Attractions include:

– Bandstand
– BBQ Picnic Table Areas
– Botanical Gardens
– Bowling Greens
– Children’s Play Area & on-site Cafe
– Crazy Golf
– Duck Ponds
– Flower Gardens (nr Brock Street)
– Pavillion Cafe (open throughout the year 8am – 5pm)
– Public Toilets
– Tennis
– Wild Meadows

Website: www.bathnes.gov.uk

Admission Charge: None

Directions: Marlborough Lane, Bath, BA1 2NQ. Royal Victoria Park is situated just north/west of the city centre on the Upper Bristol Road (A4).

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Parade Gardens

Bath’s most centrally situated gardens, overlooking the River Avon and affording fine views of Pulteney Bridge and the weir.

The bedding displays are among the finest in the country. In 2013, Bath was a Gold award winner in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition with Parade Gardens also winning the RHS Britain in Bloom Edible Britain award. Band concerts are held in the bandstand throughout the summer months.

Website: www.bathnes.gov.uk

Admission Charge:

Adults – £1.50
Students and Senior Citizens – £0.80
Children (5-16 years) -£0.80
Children (0-5 years) – FREE
Residents (on production of a Discovery Card) – FREE

Directions: Grand Parade, Bath BA2 4DF. The nearest car park is a few minutes walk away at Manvers Street.

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Sydney Gardens

Sydney Gardens is Bath’s oldest park and is the last remaining Georgian pleasure garden in England. It was planned and laid out by the architect Harcourt Masters in 1795. The 12 acre site became very popular towards the end of the 18th and 19th century and was frequently visited by members of the Royal family and the famous author Jane Austen, who spent time living at number 4 Sydney Place. The gardens were purchased in 1909 by the city and in the same year a replica of the Temple of Minerva was built to commemorate the Bath Historical Pageant. The tranquil park contains trees, shrubberies, lawns and flower beds, tennis courts and a children’s play area. The Kennet and Avon Canal runs through the park.

Website: www.bathnes.gov.uk

Admission Charge: None

Directions: Sydney Road, Bath BA2 6NT.

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Henrietta Park

This pleasant 7 acre park is located close to Bath’s city centre and was opened to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. It contains many fine trees, shrubberies, beautiful flower beds and a Garden for the Blind. Public toilets are available.

The King George V Memorial Garden has superb bedding displays arranged around a central pool and fountain, providing an oasis of calm minutes away from busy city life.

Website: www.bathnes.gov.uk

Admission Charge: None

Directions: Henrietta Street, Bath BA2 6LR

henrietta park

Image: James Baker