Though it’s been open for than 180 years, the Royal Victoria Park in Bath remains a modern day treasure. The park, located on Marlborough Lane in Bath and spanning 57 acres, serves as a quiet and peaceful oasis amid the city’s central shopping district and holds delights for visitors of all ages and inclinations.
Designed by Edward Davis and opened in 1830, this is the first park to carry the name of Queen Victoria, though at the time of its opening she was only an eleven-year-old princess. In 1921, Bath Corporation took over the park, which had until then been run privately. A restoration project led by Bath and North East Somerset Council began in 2007, focusing on several lion statues at the Queen’s Gate entrance to the park.
Kid’s Play Area
The kid’s play area at Victoria Park is considered to be one of the finest in the area. The space features a variety of creative playscapes dedicated to different age groups, equipped with climbing frames, slides, sand pits, tunnels, traditional swings, tyre swings and more. With ice cream shops to feed hungry children and on-duty wardens to make sure the park is safe and in good order, the park is a wonderful place for families to bring young children.
One of Victoria Park’s defining features are the botanical gardens, believed to be the West Country’s largest display of plants on limestone. The garden, which started as an arboretum, features a variety of flowers, including scilla and magnolias, a stunning herbaceous border, and a wide variety of novel trees and shrubs. The gardens also feature intricate tree carvings, a bird aviary, and a Roman Temple of Minerva replica dating back to 1924.
Beyond the natural beauty and the kid’s area, Victoria Park features other recreational facilities, such as a skateboard ramp, a bowling green, and indoor and outdoor tennis courts. The Park’s Adventure Golf features 18 holes that cross waterfalls, waterways and bridges. Visitors can also spend time on a boating pond, feeding ducks, and enjoying open-air concerts.
The park is also host to a variety of events throughout the year, including flower shows, international music festivals, circuses, and hot air balloon events. A new feature at the park is winter ice skating. For those who aren’t brave enough to lace up their skates, a rink-side cafe awaits, providing a place for skaters and non-skaters alike to enjoy festive foods and snacks.
Year round, for people looking for things to do in Bath, Victoria Park has something to offer. Nature lovers will enjoy the stunning gardens and wildlife, children will have a ball at the one-of-a-kind kid’s play area, and active guests will enjoy the bowling green, tennis courts, and skating rink.