Prior Park Gardens

...a National Trust owned 18th century landscape garden with spectacular views over Bath

A sweeping valley overlooking the glorious city of Bath an ideal place to relax and enjoy the views and the outdoors or to stroll along the paths and investigate the wildlife and stop for a picnic in the beautiful surroundings.


28 acres of landscape gardens set in a dramatic valley sweeping down to the city of Bath giving outstanding views across the city and the valleys.
 
The gardens were created by local entrepreneur and philanthropist Ralph Allen from around 1734 until his death in 1764. During this time he had advice and assistance from the poet Alexander Pope and the renowned garden designer Capability Brown. In 1742 Allen commissioned John Wood to build a Mansion within the grounds although this is now owned by Prior Park College, a Roman Catholic co-educational day and boarding school, and is not open to the public.
 
The park consists of some fine features including a famous Palladian bridge, one of only 4 left in the world, a gothic temple, Mrs Allen’s grotto, gravel cabinet, three lakes and the serpentine lake. Recent restoration work in the wilderness area on the gothic temple and the serpentine lake has now brought the park back to the vision of the creators.
 
There is a six mile circular walk encompassing woodland, meadows, an iron age hillfort, Roman settlements and 18th century follies called the bath Skyline which makes a fantastic way to spend a morning or afternoon before heading back for refreshments.
 
The park is owned by the National Trust so please visit their website for further details.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015