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Ralph Allen Drive, Bath,
Somerset, BA2 5AH


01225 833422

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
1st Jan - 6th Feb; Sat & Sun; 11am - 5.30pm
12th Feb - 30th Oct; daily; 11am - 5.30pm
5th Nov - 31st Dec; Sat & Sun; 11am - 5.30pm
Last admission 1hr before closing. Closed 25. Closes dusk if earlier than 5:30. Closed 25 December.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:

May October/ November

To see:

Wild garlic Autumn colour in the garden + views beyond.

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets): Adult £5.80 (£5.25), child £3.25 (£2.95), family £14.80 (£13.45). £1 off adult admission on production of a valid City Sightseeing or First bus ticket

Onsite Facilities
Parking: No
Shop: No
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: No
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

No car parking on site or nearby, except for three parking bays reserved for disabled visitors. Telephone 01225-833422 for a reservation. Light Refreshments/Teas Feb - Oct, Sat, Sun, BHs, school holidays and special events. Dogs allowed from Nov - Feb only

Garden Features & Events

Beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden; Majestic 18th-century garden close to the centre of Bath; Designed with advice from poet Alexander Pope and 'Capability' Brown; Ornamental Palladian bridge, one of only four in the world; Fabulous views of the city with links to the 'Bath Skyline' walk; Convenient public transport links

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Menzies Waterside, Widcome The Ayrlington, Bath Brocks Guest House, Bath The County Hotel, Bath


The Moody Goose, Bath Restaurant le Clos, Bath

Inns & Pubs:

Hope & Anchor Inn, Midford The Horseshoe, Combe Down

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:


Description of Garden

A beautiful and intimate 18th century landscape garden set in a sweeping valley with magnificent views of the city of Bath.

The many interesting features include an extraordinary and beautiful Palladian bridge and three lakes. The tranquil and tree-lined walk around the garden is one mile in length with steep gradients. The Serpentine Lake features a Sham Bridge which gives the appearance to a pool of water of a bridge with stream running beyond. The Wilderness area was developed with the help of Alexander Pope and is currently being restored with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. This area includes the Serpentine Lake, Gravel Cabinet and Cascade.

History Of Garden

Created by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Ralph Allen, (with advice from the poet Alexander Pope), from about 1734 until his death in 1764, this 28 acre, 18th century landscape garden lies in a dramatic site running down a small steep valley to the very edge of Bath. Capability Brown and others provided designs for the garden which was developed over the next 30 years. The Palladian bridge dates from 1755. Taken on and handsomely restored by the National Trust in 1993, it was owned by the Christian Brothers and Prior Park College, who still occupy the house. A fine example of the English Landscape Movement, it forms part of the World Heritage Site of Bath.

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