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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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  • Sidney Gardens 5 mins level walk from the famous bridge over the Avon is FREE and a good place to have a picnic amongst trees lawns and super Georgian architecture. A good vantage point to watch the t...  more »
  • A truly delightful green oasis to walk in, and- given the preponderance of benches - to sit in. And right by the splendid Holborne Museum too.  more »
  • These gardens are so pretty. They're a great place to chill out with children while they run free or just enjoy the Scenery and read a book. So peaceful and well looked after! There are even public to...  more »
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  • We stumbled across these gardens wandering around Bath. Very pretty filled with locals and their babies and designer dogs. Worth a meander with a very modern cafe attached. Glass walls and an outdoor seating area so you can gaze out over the green.
  • Beautiful place near the centre of Bath, right next to the canal too. Recommend the walk through the gardens, then down the canal towards the train station. Stop off at the White Hart in widcombe for a drink, especially in the summer so you can enjoy the lovely walled garden.
  • Love Sydney gardens. Beautiful bridges, Georgian shelters, canal and flowers. A true gem
  • This is a beautiful place to either walk through, have a picnic, play football or use the tennis courts!
  • This is a traditional English pleasure garden brought to the city. Quite a marvellous and splendid location for an amble.

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A quintessential British town filled with quaint teashops and riverside promenades, Bath is packed with a variety of hotels suitable for a range of travel budgets. For a leisurely experience of this ancient spa destination, consider staying at a stylish B&B, where you can enjoy a private room and a hearty breakfast. To enjoy that feel of home-away-from-home and indulge in some "me" time at an ultimate urban retreat, book your rooms at one of Bath's many spa hotels. These luxury hotels offer top spa and fitness facilities, many of which are open to guests not staying at the hotel as well.
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