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Prior Park Landscape Garden


Set within a sweeping valley with magnificent views over the city is Prior Park Landscape Garden. This intimate eighteenth-century landscape garden was created by Bath entrepreneur and philanthropist Ralph Allen with advice from the poet Alexander Pope, and landscape architect Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.

Begin your visit in the grotto, designed by Alexander Pope, where you can watch a virtual tour of the garden as it was in 1764. Follow the winding paths through the wooded valley and you will find hidden architecture from the garden’s Georgian past. From a ruined thatched cottage and ice house with an unexpected history to a reconstructed summerhouse and the footprint of a gothic temple, there are plenty of surprising features. At the bottom of the valley, you can walk over the famous Palladian Bridge, one of only four in the world.

Prior Park Landscape Garden is full of fun things to do as a family. The natural play area is a great place for children to let off some steam by climbing a tree, building a den or looking for creepy crawlies. 

Guided walks run from February–October on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting at 11:30am from visitor reception (Ralph Allen Drive).

Things are different at Prior Park in 2019, as the garden undergoes an exciting, yet crucial, restoration project on its eighteenth-century dams.

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