Prior Park Landscape Garden
‘One man’s view of Bath’
Described in 1788 as ‘A noble seat which sees Bath and which was built for all Bath to see’ (William Thicknesse, 1788), on a visit today, some 220 years later, you can marvel at the same magnificent views of Bath.
Created by entrepreneur and Bath businessman Ralph Allen between 1734 and 1764, this special garden is listed grade 1 in English Heritage’s register of parks and gardens and forms part of the World Heritage Site of Bath.
Circuit walks guide the visitor around the garden through varied scenes, from enclosed thickets to wide reaching views that take in the surrounding landscape from this dramatic site. The National Trust’s six mile Bath Skyline Walk can also be accessed easily from the garden.
Although it is a garden rooted in history there is much to enjoy for today’s visitor.
- Discover the 18th century fashion for landscape gardening with our volunteer garden guides.
- Learn about Ralph Allen and his influence on Bath, a rags to riches businessman in our guidebook written by head gardener, Matthew Ward.
- Escape the hustle and bustle of the world famous city and relax in an oasis of calm.
- Explore the Palladian Bridge, one of only four in the world (three in the UK, including at our fellow National Trust property, Stowe in Buckinghamshire, and one in Russia!).
- Enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake from our kiosk by the lakes whilst watching the birdlife.
- Browse our unique ‘boat’ shop for the ideal gift or memento.
- Ssssh! If you’re quiet, you may even spot Roe Deer.
- Pick up a family tracker pack and enjoy the activities around the garden.
Please note: We pride ourselves on being a green tourism site – with no car park or brown signs, visitors are encouraged to reach us by walking (1 mile uphill – very steep!) or use public transport (running every 20 minutes from the center of Bath to the entrance). Dogs are welcome if kept on leads.
For full opening times, events information and admission prices please visit www.beta.nationaltrust.org.uk/prior-park
A vast swathe of Bath’s south-east skyline and wide open spaces overlooking the World Heritage City, famed for its wild flowers and elevated views through which pass six miles of way-marked trails.
- Explore the Bath Skyline along six miles of way-marked footpaths.
- Discover hidden valleys, rich in limestone flowers and tranquil beech woodlands, interspersed with extensive views over Bath and out towards the Blackdown Hills.
- The Iron Age fort on Little Solsbury Hill offers the perfect vantage point for spectacular views over Bath.
- The limestone grassland slopes support a variety of plants and attract a number of butterflies. Perfect for picnics, kite flying and escape from the city.
- The skylark has also made its home here. Listen out for their distinctive song, a warbling of short trills, in late spring.
- Prior Park’s 18th-century owner and entrepreneur, Ralph Allen, also owned much of the Bath Skyline.
A Bath Skyline leaflet showing key points of interest, including the site of an Iron Age hill-fort and the 18th-century folly, Sham Castle is available from the city’s tourist information centre and Prior Park Landscape Garden. Download fromwww.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/bath_skyline-2.pdf
For full opening times, events information and admission prices please visit www.beta.nationaltrust.org.uk/bath-skyline