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 us at 01225 395014 or download our brochure and price list here
A privately owned refreshments kiosk which is open from Easter to the end of September
Deck chairs are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis.
There are public toilets operated by Healthmatic.
There is a small entrance charge to the gardens from the beginning of April until the end of October.
Dogs are not allowed in the gardens.
How to find us
The nearest car park is a few minutes walk away at Manvers Street.
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.
Spring/Autumn - April to June and September to October: 10:00 - 18:00
Summer - July to August: 10:00 to 19:00
Winter - October to April: 10:00 to 16:30
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 30 or more - £1.25 per person (prebooked parties only) - Telephone 01225 395014
Weddings and Ceremonial Photographs
Parade Gardens is a popular location for Weddings, with both the Edwardian Bandstand and the Colonnades holding a license for civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests.
The vintage garden is renowned for it's vibrant bedding displays and informal lawns and provides an excellent location for marquees. To download our weddings brochure please click here
How do I book Parade Gardens in advance for photographs?
Parties may enter the gardens as a group (of 30 or more) on prepayment 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. For further information or to book and pay by credit or debit card, please callbetween the hours of 8am and 4pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to noon on a Friday.
We will email or post your receipt and entry license to you. Please keep this to show the kiosk on the day as proof of purchase.
You may wish to consider holding your post wedding reception in the Guildhall Bath. To find out further information on this and other approved venues, please contact Sara Brooks on 01225 47 7442 or email Sara_brooks@bathnes.gov.uk.
Events in Parade Gardens
If you are interested in holding an event in the gardens or performing on the bandstand, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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