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.
This year, things are different at Prior Park as the garden undergoes major restoration on its historic dams. Built in the mid-1700s, both time and the destructive American signal crayfish have taken their toll on these structures and the dams are in need of major and expert attention.
The project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see conservation in action on the garden's 18th-century landscape engineering. It will allow us to strengthen the dams, refill the lakes, reinstate paths and put back a small cascade – a long-lost original feature.
The work is due to finish in the summer of 2022 with planting to follow.
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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|Ticket Type||Ticket 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 Admission||Free|
Prices are inclusive of Gift Aid.
National Trust members and Under 5’s Free.
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.
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.
|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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