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Parade Gardens

Walk through these beautiful grounds in the heart of Bath and delight in seasonal events and floral displays. Enjoy views all over the city year-round.

Stroll through the beautiful flower beds of the Parade Gardens and savor a tranquil moment in the middle of the city. Admire the views of Bath’s famous architecture, which surrounds the park. Listen to the brass bands that play here in the summer and enjoy refreshments at the local café.

Formerly an orchard belonging to the Bath Abbey, in 1737 the Parade Gardens were redesigned by John Wood the Elder, the architect behind many of Bath’s famous buildings. Bath’s elite society, including figures such as Admiral Lord Nelson and William Wordsworth, once walked the gardens. Take the same paths as some of history’s most famous characters and enjoy the same sense of tranquility they would have found here.

Enjoy the natural scenery as you walk the gardens. See the award-winning flower beds, which in the summer include a 3-D floral feature. Look out over the River Avon, the Pulteney Bridge and the weir. You’ll also enjoy views of some of Bath’s most impressive buildings, including the abbey.

Head to the bandstand to watch a performance. Brass bands perform here in the summer and are popular with locals and visitors alike. The bandstand is also a venue for weddings. Look for the numerous statues and plaques, including the original Angel of Peace by the sculptor Trent, throughout the gardens. Admire Tuscan columns, the foundations of a medieval mill and a Victorian pet cemetery. There’s even an orrery, a mechanical model of the solar system.

The Parade Gardens are located alongside the River Avon in the city center, just a short walk from the train and bus stations. The nearest parking lot is also a short walk away at Manvers Street. The park opens a week before Easter and closes at the end of September, with the specific opening hours varying between summer and winter. Locals can visit for free, but non-residents must pay a small fee. The park hosts numerous events throughout the year, so be sure to check what’s on.


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Lodging Near Parade Gardens

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Apex City of Bath Hotel $106
Apex City of Bath Hotel

Apex City of Bath Hotel

1 James Street West, Bath
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 212 reviews
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    Located in the heart of Bath, this hotel is steps from The Egg Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath. Roman Baths and Bath Abbey are also within 10 minutes.

    Parade Park Bath $71
    Parade Park Bath

    Parade Park Bath

    8,9,10 North Parade, Bath
       
      3.5
      of 5, from 976 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Bath, this bed & breakfast is steps from Parade Gardens, Bath Abbey, and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and Jane Austen Centre are also within 15 minutes.

      Hilton Bath City $100
      Hilton Bath City

      Hilton Bath City

      Walcot Street, Bath
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 1,604 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Hilton Bath City is next to the River Avon and has some of Bath’s best Georgian architecture right outside its door. It’s only 5 minutes on foot to the Theatre Royal and Bath Abbey, and just a little farther to Bath Spa Railway Station. Take a 10-minute stroll to the beauty and well kept Parade Park (entrance fee). Bath Abbey and Roman Baths are also within easy reach on foot. Bath Spa Railway Station is a 15-minute walk with direct links to London Paddington. Parking is available in the local vicinity and there are 3 Park & Ride options, the hotel doesn’t own a car park.

        SACO Bath - St James's Parade $105
        SACO Bath - St James's Parade

        SACO Bath - St James's Parade

        37 St James Parade, Bath
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 301 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of Bath, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Chapel Arts Centre, Roman Baths, and Theatre Royal Bath. Bath Abbey and Jane Austen Centre are also within 10 minutes.

          Abbey Hotel $128
          Abbey Hotel

          Abbey Hotel

          1 North Parade, Bath
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 1,022 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Abbey Hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, SouthGate Shopping Centre, and the train station. Thermae Spa Bath and Theatre Royal Bath are less than 10 minutes away.

            The Gainsborough Bath Spa $189
            The Gainsborough Bath Spa

            The Gainsborough Bath Spa

            Beau Street, Bath
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 265 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Bath, this luxury hotel is steps from Thermae Bath Spa, The Little Theatre Cinema, and Roman Baths. Pulteney Bridge and Jane Austen Centre are also within 10 minutes.

              Holiday Inn Express Bath $70
              Holiday Inn Express Bath

              Holiday Inn Express Bath

              Lower Bristol Road, Bath
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 1,041 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Bath, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theatre Royal Bath, Jane Austen Centre, and Thermae Bath Spa. Roman Baths and Bath Abbey are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                The Ayrlington $111
                The Ayrlington

                The Ayrlington

                24-25 Pulteney Road, Bath
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 472 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Bath, this luxury guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of The Holburne Museum, Bath Abbey, and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and Jane Austen Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).