Photo by Rachel Beaumont

Prior Park

Majestic landscape garden overlooking the city of Bath

  • Heritage
  • Museums

Prior Park was built by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen in the 18th century. Allen was integral to the development of the British postal system and bought local stone mines with his fortune, building Prior Park to demonstrate the beauty and capabilities of Bath Stone.

One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from 'Capability' Brown and the poet Alexander Pope.

The garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath. Restoration of the 'Wilderness' has reinstated the Serpentine Lake, Cascade and Cabinet.

A five-minute walk leads to the Bath Skyline, a six-mile circular route encompassing beautiful woodlands and meadows, an Iron Age hill fort, Roman settlements, 18th-century follies and spectacular views.

Prior Park Bath

Did you know?

Take a close look at the walls as you walk along the stunning Palladian Bridge and you will find some incredible 18th century graffiti - carved into the walls by Georgian teenagers over two hundred years ago!



  • Limited accessibility for wheelchair users
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Disabled parking
  • Facilities for deaf and hard of hearing people.
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