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Sydney Gardens, Bath

(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 fine green backdrop to the Holburne Museum. A Georgian pleasure ground once favoured by Jane Austen now a lovely park perfect for a gentle stroll with access to the Kennet and Avon canal. 
  • 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...  more »
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  • A sprawling, hillside park with tennis courts, bowls, and a kids activity area. Train mad tots will love the frequent London bound trains which pass through. There's also access to the Kennet and Avon canal via waterside tunnels.
  • A charming gardens. Perfect for a stroll and cafe in the Holburne Museum (free to enter)
  • Lovely place to wander, bridges over a train line and canal, and a small children's playground
  • Lovely park. Trains and canal pass through it. Great for dogs. Toilet there inc disabled.
  • Wonderful little park outside the Holburne Museum. Unlike parks closer to the centre, it isn't usually too busy. Free admission.