When visiting the city of Bath, England there’re so many amazing sites to see and discover. Individuals can explore everything from the thermal spas to the Circus and especially the neighboring Parade Gardens. With lush green lawns that seem to stretch on forever and paved walkways you can stroll along to see the various topiaries, it is easy to spend an entire afternoon enjoying what has been called the “pleasure grounds.”
The History of Parade Gardens and Their Location
Bath is the home to this magnificent outdoor site that sits in South West England, about 21 kilometers southeast of Bristol. The grounds date back to early last century and are known to be Bath’s most centrally located and enjoyed garden and natural outdoor area. The city of Bath was granted its status by Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1590 and in 1889 became a county borough. The area was originally known for its spas and Georgian architecture which can mostly still be enjoyed today. The area was also known to be home of creative individuals like Jane Austen, Sir Thomas Lawrence, and William Friese-Greene.
What Can Be Expected with a Visit to the Park?
The municipal park overlooks the River Avon and has gorgeous views of the neighboring bridge and the weir. Every summer the gardens host a 3-dimensional floral feature, concerts in the bandstand and there is special entertainment for children who are on summer holidays. The park provides free deck chairs for anyone just wanting to take in the scenery and events, and it is a perfect place to either have a picnic, or enjoy the outdoor café. The park is only available from April through September, but it is free to local residents and charges a minor fee to out of area guests.
What is Nearby the Park?
Nearby the park there are other great sites to take in, such as Sally Lunn’s home of the famous Bath bun and other great foods. There is also the Pulteney Bridge, which was built for William Pulteney by Robert Adams as an attempt to connect central Bath to ground on the other bank of the Avon River and create a fortune for Pulteney. One visitor site calls the bridge the most romantic bridge in the world, and said that it was “best viewed from Parade Gardens park by the crescent weir.” The opulent Bath Rugby Recreation Ground also sits adjacent to the garden park and was christened when the first Bath Rugby match was played in 1894.
Parade Gardens is the perfect place for anyone to come and enjoy. There are brilliant places to sit and read or just chat over tea. There are wide open spaces for kids and families to gather and play. There are also hosted events throughout the summer for people to participate in for a little extra fun and culture. The next time you are in Bath, make sure to check out the grounds and enjoy the wonder of it all.