Photograph of Parade Gardens


These delightful 1 hectare (2 and half acre) gardens are Bath's most centrally situated pleasure grounds.  Overlooking the River Avon they give fine views of Pulteney Bridge and the weir; a popular choice for Weddings and other Ceremonial Photographs.

The bedding displays are among the finest in the country and the annual 3-dimensional carpet bedding in the summer is unique. In 2013, Bath was a Gold award winner in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition with Parade Gardens also winning the RHS Britain in Bloom Edible Britain award. The entry included a 100 ft border of vegetables for all to enjoy, and a 3D sculpture of the TV characters 'The Herbs' .

Band concerts are held in the bandstand throughout the summer months. Please see the Band Concerts page for the timetable of concerts. For more information about Parks and Events follow us on Twitter, @BathnesParks

It is possible to hire the bandstand in Parade Gardens as a wedding venue and an area of the park can also be used for wedding receptions. Please see the Weddings in the Parks webpage for more information , or contact the Events Office directly at

There is a privately owned refreshments kiosk  which is open Easter to the end of September.  There are public toilets, and deck chairs are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis.  There is a small entrance charge to the gardens from the week before Easter until the end of September.  Dogs are not allowed in the gardens.

How to find us

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The nearest car park is a few minutes walk away at Manvers Street.

Opening Hours

Parade Gardens is open to the public at a small charge, from the week before Easter until around the end of September. Opening hours and charges are subject to weather conditions.

Summer - 10:00 to 19:00

Winter    - 10:00 to 16:30

Entry Fees

B&NES Residents (on production of a Discovery Card) - FREE

Adults - £1.50

Students and Senior Citizens - £0.80

Children (5-16 years) -£0.80

Children (0-5 years) - FREE

For parties of 40 or more - £1.25 per person (prebooked parties only)

Weddings and Ceremonial Photographs

Parade Gardens is a popular location for Wedding and other Ceremonial Photographs to be taken.

Parties may enter the gardens as a group on payment of a fee of £1.25 per person, provided a minimum of one week's notice has been given. Many people feel that this makes the special day run more smoothly as it avoids queuing at the payment kiosk. For those not wishing to use this service, then the usual entry fees apply.

How do I book Parade Gardens in advance for photographs?

For further information or to book and pay by credit or debit card, please call 01225 395014 between the hours of 9.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30am to 4.30pm on a Friday.

Please note there is a small surcharge of 2.5% if paying by credit card. There is no charge if using a debit card. We will email or post your receipt to you. Please keep this to show the kiosk on the day as proof of purchase.

You may wish to consider holding your wedding or other celebratory ceremony in the Guildhall Bath. To find out further information on this and other approved venues, please follow the link to Marriages at the Guildhall.


Events in Parade Gardens

The 2016 summer bandstand programme in Parade Gardens and Royal Victoria Park is available to download on the right hand side of the page.

If you are interested in holding an event in the gardens or performing on the bandstand, please contact us at Further information about holding an event can be found on the Events Organisers page. To make an application to hold an event, please download the application at the side under documents.

For more information about Parks and Events follow us on Twitter, @BathnesParks



If you would like to leave feedback about your visit to Parade Gardens for our testimonial page, please send us your comments and/or photographs to: Parks_GreenSpacesAdmin@BATHNES.GOV.UK

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