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Recreation Ground, Bath
(4.4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
The Recreation Ground is a large open space in the centre of Bath, England, next to the River Avon, which is available to be used by permission from the Recreation Ground Trust for recreational purposes by the public at large but particularly the people of Bath and surrounding areas.About a quarter of the Rec is leased to Bath Rugby during the rugby union season as a sports ground capable of holding 13,500 people. During the summer the rugby ground's temporary East Stand is removed to make way for cricket on a larger pitch. This cricket pitch is used for local contests and was used by Somerset County Cricket Club until 2011. Parts of the eastern area of the Rec are used by Bath Hockey Club, Bath Croquet Club, Bath Drama Club and for some tennis courts. Pitches are available for amateur sports such as Football, Volleyball and Lacrosse. There is a cricket pavilion at the William Street entrance to the ground. The council-run Sports and Leisure Centre is located on the southern edge of the Rec, accessed via North Parade.In former years the Rec was subject to periodic flooding from the River Avon, but a flood alleviation scheme in the 1960s improved the flow of the river. However, the Rec remains part of the floodplain at risk of occasional flooding. The ground can still get very boggy after heavy rains.
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  • We happened to be in Bath and realised Bath were playing Saracens during our stay. The location of the ground is right in the centre of the city and tickets were readily available.Top class premiershi...  more »
  • To the piefs of the city of Bath and the Pulteney Bridge, bordered by the River Avon, this is the Recreation Ground, theatre of the exploits of the beautiful game of rugby school: the Bath RFC, founded in 1865. With its removable third tribune, as a relic of ancient times. An old-fashioned, encased in tradition, bucolic and classic stage as there are almost more. Another gem from this city sublime...
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  • A wonderful and atmospheric place to watch sport. There is no better place and it is close to the train station which makes life easy. 
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  • Great Bonfire Night fireworks display. Music was playing through the tannoy system though so it sounded very tinny.
  • I was here, for the Alzheimer's Society's memory walk.
  • This stadium has a beautiful setting for a great sport. A shame Bath Rugby had to nick so many good players & coaching staff from London Irish to do so well the last few seasons, to the detriment of LI. When are they going to make the temporary stand permanent?