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Prior Park Landscape Garden

The National Trust, Prior Park Landscape Garden, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, North East Somerset, BA2 5AH
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About

Prior Park Landscape Garden is a beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden in Bath with stunning views across the city. 2022 will see the completion of a major restoration project on its historic dams.

One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from 'Capability' Brown and the poet Alexander Pope.

The historic dams at Prior Park have recently undergone a major restoration. Built in the mid-1700s, both time and the destructive American signal crayfish took their toll on these structures and the dams needed major and expert attention.

With the construction phase of the project now complete, visitors can once again enjoy reflections of the Palladian Bridge in the middle lake, which has been empty since 2017. During the project the dams were strengthened, the lakes refilled, paths reinstated, and a small cascade is working once again – a long-lost original feature.

In the autumn the final phase of the project will get underway as over 4,000 shrubs are planted.

During school holidays there are activities in the garden for families. The Tea Shed is open for refreshments each weekend and on selected days during the school holidays – please check the website for up to date information.

Set in a sweeping valley above Bath, visitors can enjoy magnificent views and are a stone's throw away from the Bath Skyline - a six-mile circular route encompassing beautiful woodlands and meadows, an Iron Age hill fort, Roman settlements, 18th-century follies and spectacular views.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Adult£8.20 per ticket
Child - Child£4.10 per ticket
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) - Family£20.50 per ticket
Groups (12+ people) - Adult£6.90 per ticket
National Trust members - Free AdmissionFree

Prices are inclusive of Gift Aid.

National Trust members and Under 5’s Free.

Events

Thursday, 21st July 2022 - Sunday, 4th September 2022

Girl on the balancing logs at Prior Park Landscape GardenCome out and play at Prior Park Landscape GardenGrab a challenge card and plan your route around the historic garden to complete a range of activities based on the theme of 'come out and play'.
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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Disabled parking only (please call to book spaces). Start out on Dorchester Street, Bath A3039. Turn left onto Broad Quay A367. At Churchill Bridge roundabout take the 1st exit onto Rossiter Road A36 (sign posted Warminster) A36. Keep right onto Prior Park Road A3062 (sign posted Combe Down) A3062.No brown signs.

Public Transport Directions

First bus service 2 links Prior Park Garden with Bath City centre, on a 30 minute frequency on Monday to Sundays including Bank Holidays. City Sightseeing Skyline Tour every 30 minutes in summer, every hour in winter.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs allowed on a short lead all year
  • Open all year
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1 - 1.5 hours
  • Groups Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit accepted

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

Opening - Temporarily closed (1 Jan 2022 - 30 Dec 2022)

* Open seven days a week 10am-5pm with last entry at 4pm

From October weekends only 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm) until end Feb.


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Awards

  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2022

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