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Sydney Gardens, Bath

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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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  • Enjoy history and nature at the same time! It is a must to walk beside the river where you will find small boats that serve houses of locals... an option to walk and enjoy in family or couple... the colors of the spring in the flowered trees is incredible! And if you want before starting the tour can enjoy a tea or coffee in the Park... and why not an ice cream at Marshfield Farm Ice Cream!
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  • Not too big, not too small, just right for a walk around the grounds after visiting the Holburne Museum.  more »
  • As we were staying at the Bath Spa hotel which is close to the Sydney Gardens we walked through a number of times over a weekend. The gardens are nicely planted and laid out and have interesting featu...  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.