Sydney Gardens is one of Britain’s best remaining Georgian Pleasure Gardens. It opened in 1795 and was a favourite spot of Jane Austen.
Now it is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike as a respite from the busyness of central Bath - it is a short walk from the town centre and situated behind the Holburne Museum.
The park is an ideal place for a picnic or a dog walk, and has direct access onto the Kennet and Avon Canal. The Great Western Railway also runs through Sydney Gardens making it an ideal place for trainspotting.
What can I see?
The Gardens have close up views of trains and canal boats and glimpses of the wider city of Bath amongst the historic trees. You can explore the central promenade and its listed buildings including the Loggia, an original feature of the 18th Century Gardens, and the Temple of Minerva which was added in the early 20th Century.
What facilities are there?
- Tennis courts
- Children’s Play Area
- Ice cream kiosk (variable opening hours)
Sydney Gardens Parks for People Project
Sydney Gardens is currently in the 'Development Phase' of a Round 2 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure a £3.6 million grant to improve the historic park. Find out more about the Sydney Gardens Parks for People Project.
The funding will be used to restore historic buildings, invest in landscaping works, renovate the play area for use by people of all ages and create new gardens, alongside a programme of events and activities. The project will celebrate the fascinating history of the gardens, with its Cosmorama, Labyrinth, Merlins Swing, Concerts, Public Breakfasts, Galas and Illuminations. Find out more about the Pleasure Garden in the past.
Events and activities coming up in Sydney Gardens
Sunday 19th November: Join the project team to recreate the historic Labyrinth on the Bowls Club Lawn, 11.30am - 2.30pm
Saturday 25th November: public consultation on the updated design plans. Open day, drop in from11.30am - 4.30pm in the Gardener's Lodge.
Go to our Events page for further details and for other events and activities coming up.
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