Ralph Allen Drive, Bath BA2 5AH
Prior Park Landscape Gardens is owned and managed by the National Trust and is located in the valley overlooking the City of Bath in the West of England.
The garden itself is Grade I listed, and is protected under the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.
Originally, Prior Park Landscape Gardens was a deer park, and then eventually landscaped into gardens. In the 18th century the current garden style was designed by Alexander Pope, who was a famous poet. He worked alongside Capability Brown, who was a landscape gardener and they designed and created the beautiful gardens.
The National Trust took over the management of the gardens in 1993, and after three years, the garden was opened to the public. Being open to the public lead to the gardens undergoing restoration and renovation over the coming years.
The renovations overall were large scale, and involved restoration of the cascade, serpentine lake, the Gothic Temple and the gardens in general. Even more recently, there have been further restorations including re-planting, re-roofing the grotto which is situated in the gardens, and the creation of a replica Gothic Temple.
The park is home to one of the only four Palladian bridges in the world with this particular design, which you can cross from Prior Park Landscape Garden.
There is a tea shed by the lakes which offers refreshments for those visiting the gardens for a walk, or to spend the day. There is no parking at Prior Park, however there is plenty of parking in the city itself.
There are facilities here too, including baby changing and toilets with mobility parking which you can book prior to your visit.
There are guided tours of the parks and gardens along with British Sign Language digital self-guided tours.