flower beds in park

We look after the 9 formal parks within our area. These parks cover 49 hectares of space, and range from the grandeur of the Royal Victoria Park to the peace and tranquillity of Sydney Gardens.

In addition to formal parks we maintain a number of open spaces & grounds, over 200 hectares, in order to improve the quality of life for both our residents & visitors. These sites are dotted all around B&NES and vary in size from a few hundred square metres to areas in excess of 10 acres.
The parks, less formal open spaces and cemeteries are preserved to not only provide attractive places for residents & visitors to enjoy, but also, where possible, to provide habitats for native flora and fauna.
BBQs are not permitted in B&NES managed parks and open spaces, with the exception of the BBQ area at Royal Victoria Park.
Please help to keep our parks clean and tidy by removing all waste when you leave.
For more information about Parks and Events follow us on Twitter, @BathnesParksor for more information about weddings and other celebrations  in our parks please click here
Our Parks and Green Spaces in Bath
Formal parks maintained by B&NES Council: 

Opening times are generally from 8am to 6pm, but please note that these times vary according to the site and time of year.


Informal Parks and Gardens: 

Our Parks and Green Spaces in North East Somerset

 Formal Parks:

 - Keynsham Music Festival (held in the Park and in venues around Keynsham)
Council Owned Trees and Woodlands:

Exploring the Countryside:

Access Land:

A map of these areas can be found on the countryside page
  • Breach Hill Common - Chew Valley
  • Knowle Hill - Chew Valley
  • Burledge Hill - Bishop Sutton
  • Northfield - Radstock
  • Bristol Road - Radstock
  • Southfield - Radstock
  • Waterside - Radstock
  • North of Engine Wood - Southstoke
  • Little Solsbury - Batheaston
  • Bannerdown Common - North of Bath

Places to Play:

See the leaflet for the full list of suggestions for exciting places to play in parks and green spaces, with locations throughout North East Somerset (examples below).
  • Keysham Memorial Park
  • Somer Valley Adventure Play and Skate Park - Midsomer Norton
  • Claverton Road - Saltford
  • Timsbury Recreation Ground - Timsbury
  • Tom Huyton Play Area - Radstock
  • Beacon Field - Peasedown St John

Floral Displays

As a 13-time winner of the National Britain in Bloom competition (run by the Royal Horticultural Society), the Authority is nationally and internationally renowned for the high standard of annual spring and summer bedding displays, which attract many tourists to the area during the summer months.
The Nursery in Royal Victoria Park produces over a quarter of a million bedding plants each year to beautify the Authority's parks, streets and civic buildings. Businessess also have the opportunity to purchase displays from the Nursery to decorate their premises.  Please contact us if you require further information.
Parks Events
We run a comprehensive programme of outdoor events and band concerts in Parks and Green Spaces across the authority. View details of parks and open spaces events.

Parks and Pleasure Grounds Byelaws 

  • Vehicles must be driven at a responsible speed with consideration for public safety.

  • All vehicles, cycles and horses must be kept on the roads.

  • Dogs are banned from children’s play areas, and certain other land. Elsewhere, dogs may have to be kept on leads, or the area may be a scoop area. Look out for the signs.

  • Persons must not cause damage to any turfed areas, flower beds, trees, shrubs or ornaments, nor remove any turf or soil.

  • Persons must not climb on trees, barriers, fences, ornaments etc.

  • No persons shall skate on rollers to the danger of other persons lawfully using the footways.

  • To sell or advertise any article or commodity is strictly forbidden without permission.

  • Persons shall not erect a tent, stand or any other structure without permission.

  • Overnight stays in caravans, vans or any other vehicle are not permitted.

  • All hard ball games are not permitted except in designated areas.

  • A person shall not play any musical instrument, wireless or other audio equipment to the inconvenience of others.

  • Any person infringing any byelaw may be asked to leave the pleasure ground and if that person fails to obey, an officer of the council can remove that person from the ground or seek assistance from the police to do so. (Offenders may be liable to a fine not exceeding £50.)


Toilet Locations & Facilities

Batheaston Gardens
These gardens originally formed part of the garden to Batheaston House which was built in 1712. The character of the site is that of a rural garden, enclosed and "secret" and is bounded by old stone walls.
Bath Maze
Sited in Beazer’s Garden (so called as the land was donated by Beazer’s the Bath based construction company), just down the steps from Pulteney Bridge on the east side of the Weir, this paving stone maze offers fun for young children as they try to find its centre.
Georgian Garden
Accessible via the Gravel Walk and through an entrance to the rear of the Circus, the Georgian Garden was excavated in 1985/6 by Bath Archaeological Trust revealing the position of the flower beds, paths and the trees, thus enabling a faithful reinstatement of the original garden dating from c. 1770. Although the plants that grew in the garden are not recorded, species known to have been used in town gardens of the period have been planted. The Garden, which adds to the significant range of Georgian features of Bath, is open every day 9.00-5.00pm. 
Linear Park
This informal park was originally part of the Somerset and Dorset Railway Line which ran from Bath’s Green Park Station, now the site of Sainsbury’s, to Bournemouth. The line closed in 1966. After considerable construction work and the closure of the tunnel entrance, the area was laid out as a ribbon of countryside through the City and was planted with many indigenous plants.
The Linear Park has now become a very popular area for residents, especially for walking and jogging, as the park is by definition straight, with only gentle gradients. It starts in Bellotts Road in Twerton, runs through East Twerton and Moorfields as far as Bloomfield Road on the Bear Flat.
Springfield Park
Springfield Park (also known as Foxhill Park) is a real asset to the local community. It encompasses a large open space and wooded areas, and offers some very pleasant views. It also features a path which links with the Two Tunnels railway path, and in turn with the city. The site boasts a range of amenities, including a children’s play area and facilities for BMX riding and basketball.
Queen Square

Responsible dog owners wanted for Queen Square!

B&NES Parks Team has introduced a trial period to promote responsible dog walking in Queen Square. Over the past year, several of the important trees in the square have been damaged by irresponsible dog owners and the council has considered enacting bylaws to prohibit dogs from the space entirely.
New signs in the square explain what is expected of dog walkers using the space, and the council’s dog warden will be monitoring the area closely – issuing fixed penalty notices and community protection notices to those who fail to pick up dog mess or allow their dogs to damage the trees.
The council is also asking the public to report incidences of anti-social behaviour in the square and details on who to contact can be found on signs around the entrances.
The council will review the impact of the trial in June, and will consider introducing new measures if needed.
For more information, please contact 01225 39 40 41  or email Parks_Greenspacesadmin@bathnes.gov.uk
Queen Square was created by John Wood the Elder between 1728 and 1736, to restore Bath to what he believed was its former ancient glory as one of the most important and significant cities in Britain. Queen Square is surrounded by a square of Grade 1 listed Georgian houses, and at its centre lies an obelisk which was erected by Beau Nash in 1738 (in honour of Frederick, Prince of Wales). The Square was rejuvinated by the Council in 2014.
Innox Park
Opened in 1909, Innox Park is an important local resource. It sits between two large housing areas, providing residents with an extensive open recreational and informal space. Location: Innox Park, Shophouse Road, Bath, BA2 1ED. Parking: The closest car park is located at Newbridge Park and Ride. Disabled access: There is a tarmacadam path which crosses the park. Facilities: There is a selection of children's play equipment and a designated space for informal ball games. Benches. Features: Green open space with views of the World Heritage City skyline. Tarmacadam path linking Freeview Road in the west to Shophouse Road in the east. Wildflower meadows provide nectar for pollinating insects and educational interest in biodiversity. Wooded area adjacent to Bath city Farm. Public transport: Good public transport links from Newbridge Park & Ride to and from Bath Bus Station to Shophouse Road. Train station at Oldfield Park, approximately 1.7miles walk to the east.
Manor Road Community Woodland
With entrances on both Manor Road and Courtney Road in Keynsham, this woodland is a hidden gem for ramblers, dog walkers and horse riders. There are 52 hectares of unspoilt woodland and meadow to explore; the south site is totally bound by fences and hedges whilst the north side has a more open aspect with views across the valley to Kelston. 

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