Bath’s best green spaces
The UNESCO World-Heritage City of Bath may be best known for its iconic Georgian architecture and natural hot springs, but despite the decorative urban sprawl, Bath is also surrounded by seven hills, acting as the ideal gateway to the Cotswolds. It is also home to a number of Victorian pleasure gardens which continue to offer a welcome escape for residents to this day; I certainly try to make the most of the outdoor space.
Follow in the footsteps of royalty with a visit to the city’s Royal Victoria Park, listed by English Heritage, there is everything one could need here whether you’re out for a romantic stroll, or keen to offer space for the kids to explore. From manicured lawns to botanical gardens and a woodland dell, there is plenty to see and explore within a short walk of the city’s most iconic sites.
Right in the heart of the city, nestled between the majestic Bath Abbey and the banks of the River Avon you will find a little tropical paradise in Parade Gardens, providing a compact recreational space, with manicured lawns on which to bathe in the warmer months. Cross over the Avon, stroll along the grand promenade of Great Pulteney Street and you will also find Sydney Gardens tucked away beside the Holburne Museum. Known to be one of Britain’s best enduring Georgian pleasure gardens, its perimeter once frequently roamed by novelist Jane Austen. Want in on a secret? This quiet haven also backs directly onto the idyllic towpath of the Kennet and Avon canal.
Other green spaces around the city include Alice, Alexandra and Henrietta Park, which are all within walking distance from various areas of the city. Last but not least is Hedgemead Park, located directly beneath the luxurious self-catering apartment of Hedgemead Court. It is also located in the heart Bath’s artisan quarter. To find out more about this delightful property, take a look at the website here.