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For a city famed for its glorious Georgian architecture, Bath has a surprising amount of public green spaces. From beautiful 18th-century landscaped grounds to charming community gardens, here are the best of the bunch.
With picturesque views of Pulteney Bridge and the weir, Parade Gardens are a little piece of horticultural heaven in the centre of Bath. The colourful floral bedding displays are a huge highlight, especially in the summer, but it’s the Edwardian bandstand that really attracts the visitors. Band concerts are held here throughout the summertime, so bag yourself one of the deck chairs (free on a first come, first served basis) and enjoy this quintessentially English experience.
Just a 25-minute walk from Bath Spa train station, Prior Park Landscape Garden is a breathtakingly beautiful 18th-century National Trust garden, situated in the Prior Park estate. Set in a lush, green, sweeping valley, the gardens have amazing views of Bath and are home to one of only four Palladian Brides of this design in the world. From here, you’re just a five-minute walk to the Bath Skyline, a six-mile walk through tranquil woodlands and meadows.
Designed by the architect Harcourt Masters in 1795, Sydney Gardens is Bath’s oldest park. It was a hugely popular destination in the late 18th century and early 19th century, so much so that members of the Royal family were frequent visitors, as well as Jane Austen, who lived at nearby Sydney Place. The Kennet and Avon Canal runs through the park, and with manicured lawns and flower beds, tennis courts, a children’s play area and wide paths perfect for cycling, it’s a pretty place to spend a relaxed afternoon.