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Sydney Gardens, Bath

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
Sydney Gardens is a public open space at the end of Great Pulteney Street in Bath, Somerset, England. The gardens are the only remaining eighteenth-century pleasure gardens in the country.The gardens were laid out in the 1790s as a commercial pleasure garden with a variety of attractions. The layout has been affected by the construction of the Great Western Railway and Kennet and Avon Canal which pass through the park, and later fell into decline. In 1908 the site was bought by the local council and reopened as a park.The Sydney Hotel, which was built with the gardens, was the centre for entertainment. It is now the Holburne Museum of Art. Other structures including the walls and bridges connected with the canal and railway are listed buildings along with small buildings now known as the pavilion and Minerva's temple and the public conveniences.HistoryThe gardens were constructed in the 1790s opening in 1795 as a commercial pleasure grounds, following the development of Bathwick by Sir William Pulteney, 5th Baronet across the River Avon from the city centre. The original plans were by Thomas Baldwin and completed by Charles Harcourt Masters who included a maze or labyrinth, grotto, sham castle and an artificial rural scene with moving figures powered by a clockwork mechanism. The gardens were illuminated by over 15,000 "variegated lamps".
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  • A delightful surprise just behind the Holburne Museum, with lovely shady walks and bridges over the canal. Beautiful even on a rainy day, such as I had. 
  • I walk through Sydney gardens a number of times during my long walks and it is the highlight of my walks as it is just very green, beautiful towering trees, landscaped gardens and the canal is the che...  read more »
  • very Hotel pr reach downtown when we're staying at the hotel mac donald. avoid taking the night because he is not informed TT and it kinda creepy ^^
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  • A slightly upmarket park whose elegance is now in decline. Lots of interest with the railway and canal running through it. Great cast ironwork on the bridges. A relic of the more genteel Georgians, but all the more interesting for that.
  • Gardens are always in a beautiful condition! Some parts of the tennis courts' tarmac is a bit damaged but good enough to enjoy a game considering they're free!
  • Pretty gardens with some interesting features to look at. Also backs on top the canal which is lovely to walk along.
  • Beautiful park and gardens close to the centre of Bath. Good for local dog walking, jogging or just a scenic walk. There are tennis courts towards the back of the park and a cafe as part of the Holbourne Museum.
  • Love this park... Beautiful and fairly good children's play equipment
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