From Wednesday 24th March Parade Gardens entrance kiosk will reopen.  Charges will apply to visitors from outside a BA postcode.  As discovery cards are not being issued at this time, and if you are a BA postcode resident, please bring with you a recent bill showing your proof of address.  Alternatively please bring your previous discovery card with you and you will be able to enter free of charge.

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, celebrations and photos.

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' .

For more information about the fascinating history of Parade Gardens take a look at our welcome leaflet which is also available in hard copy from the entrance kiosk at the park.

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 or riverside colonnades in Parade Gardens as a wedding venue and an area of the park can also be used for wedding and drinks receptions. Please see our website Heritage Park Weddings for more information, or contact us at 01225 395014 

There are;

A 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

Parade Gardens, Grand Parade, Bath, BA2 4DF

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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.

Spring/Autumn - 24th March  to  30th June and 1st September to 31st October: 10:00 - 18:00

Summer - July to August: 10:00 to 19:00

Winter - October to April: Open 24hrs (FREE ENTRY)

Entry Fees (from 22nd March 2021)

B&NES Residents (on production of a Discovery Card) - FREE - If you have been unable to gain a new card due to the pandemic please show your old card and bring a current bill showing your name & address - we apologise for the inconvenience and we hope new discovery cards will be issued soon.  As soon as new cards are available you must show a valid new card 

Adults - £2.00

Students and Senior Citizens - £1.00

Children (5-16 years) -£1.00

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.  For a copy of our weddings brochure please contact weddings_inheritageparks@bathnes.gov.uk 01225 395014

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 call 01225 395014 between the hours of 8am and 4pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to noon on a Friday.

We will email 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 event@bathnes.gov.uk. 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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