Royal Victoria Park was opened in 1830 by Queen Victoria herself, when she was aged 11. Just a short walk from the city centre, this beautiful 23 hectare/ 57 acre site is a favourite for locals and visitors alike. It boasts the iconic Royal Crescent as its backdrop, and has plenty of attractions to keep you coming back for more.

Attractions

Bandstand

BBQ Picnic Table Areas

Botanical Gardens

Bowling Greens

Children’s Play Area & on-site Cafe

Crazy Golf

Duck Ponds

Flower Gardens (nr Brock Street)

Great Dell Aerial Walkway

• Obelisk dedicated to Queen Victoria

Pavillion Cafe (open throughout the year 8am - 5pm)

Public Toilets (20p entry) in the Play Area and at Charlotte St Car Park

Skateboard Park (redesigned 2015)

Tennis

War Memorial

Wild Meadows

BBQ Areas in Royal Victoria Park

Two designated barbecue areas have been created featuring specially-modified picnic tables with facilities for disposable barbecues.

The areas also include bespoke heat-proof bins for disposing of metal barbecues safely.

The designated areas are at Grenadier Grove (next to the Botanical Gardens) and near the duck ponds, and can be found on maps around the park. Barbecues must only be used in the designated areas and people using them elsewhere in the park will be asked to extinguish them. 

Users are also reminded to dispose of their BBQs and other rubbish properly and ensure that children and pets are supervised at all times in these areas.

Please note that BBQs are still prohibited in other parks throughout B&NES. 

Events

There are a variety of events in the park which can be viewed on the Band Concerts web page and the Outdoor Events Calendar. You can download a copy of the Band Concerts Programme or the Band Concerts Poster on the right hand side of this page. 

If you are interested in holding an event in the park or performing on the bandstand, please contact event@bathnes.gov.uk. Further information about holding an event can be found on the Event Organisers page. You can download the application form on the right hand side of this page. 

Several areas within Royal Victoria Park can also be hired for weddings and civil ceremonies.

Getting There  

Royal Victoria Park is situated just north/west of the city centre on the Upper Bristol Road (A4).  There is limited car parking within the park, some at parking meters, and Charlotte Street car park is nearby - View Map.

Ponds and Wildlife

Since 2014, Bath and North East Somerset Council has been working to improve the quality of the ponds in Royal Victoria Park. The ponds were cordoned off for safety reasons when a blue-green algal bloom became apparent.  This is a health concern and the Council has been working to remove the algae and to fix leaks and improve the water supply, but this is not resolved fully as yet. 

The ponds do not have good water  flow and whilst this work is being undertaken, the fish which were formerly resident in the ponds, have been re-homed in a safe location elsewhere.
 
Once the issues with the pond are resolved, the council will look at whether introducing new fish is beneficial or not. There is clear evidence that stocking ponds with goldfish has a detrimental effect on wildlife. Fish in larger lakes and rivers are an important part of a natural ecosystem, but larger fish such as goldfish are not a natural feature of ponds the size of those that we have in RVP, and are not able to co-exist alongside other pond wildlife such as amphibians and invertebrates – because they seriously predate them. 
 
50% of the UK’s ponds were lost in the last century and this has been linked to significant declines in native species such as frogs, toads and newts.  The Council has a duty to protect and encourage wildlife in its open spaces. Conservation organisations such as the RSPB , The Freshwater Habitats Trust, Froglife and Natural England all advise against stocking ponds with goldfish if the aim is to encourage wildlife.

The council also needs to ensure that the problems with blue-green algae do not reoccur.  It can be more difficult to manage water quality in ponds stocked with goldfish, over-stocking with fish increases nutrient levels in the water (from fish faeces) which encourages harmful algae to flourish. These conditions can also make it difficult to establish the flowering pond plants which we want to plant to make our ponds more attractive.

We have also been asked to consider using the bottom pond in RVP for pond-dipping activities for school children- an important educational resource and opportunity. Because of the reasons mentioned above, ponds stocked with goldfish will be unsuitable for this activity.  We know that children do like to look for fish in ponds, but over time, they will also enjoy looking for tadpoles and water boatman and all the other species which would be absent from a pond stocked with fish.

Once the longer term management of the ponds has been determined we will update our website to outline progress.

Southern Hawker Dragonfly

The Great Dell Aerial Walkway

Bath and North East Somerset Council has restored the aerial walkway in the Great Dell, which is situated at the northern end of the park next to the Botanic Gardens. This has helped restore the original route around the Dell, an exciting collection of unusual and specimen trees, and provides a series of breath-taking viewpoints amongst the trees and across the Park. Unfortunately the walkway is not yet fully accessibility to wheelchair users. An independent accessibility survey was conducted in 2015, and the structure was designed and built to be compatible with a future, fully accessible, route.For the time being, the walkway can only be accessed via a short flight of three steps but there are two benches at the top to stop and enjoy the view.

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