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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. They are Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.
The gardens were laid out in the 1790s, to plans by Thomas Baldwin which were completed by Charles Harcourt Masters, as a commercial pleasure garden with a variety of attractions. Features included a maze, grotto, sham castle and an artificial rural scene with moving figures powered by a clockwork mechanism. Events included promenades and public breakfasts which were attended by Jane Austen among others. It was also the venue for an annual flower show. The layout was affected by the construction of the Kennet & Avon Canal in 1810 and the Great Western Railway in 1840 which pass through the park. The gardens later fell into decline. In 1908, the site was bought by the local council and reopened as a park. Since 2015, work has been undertaken to improve the environment of the park and provide additional attractions for visitors.
The Sydney Hotel, which was built with the gardens, was the centre for entertainment. It is now the Holburne Museum. 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.
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  • A small park was built along the river that flows through the center of the city of Bath. There is also a bench, which is perfect for a break. The river cruise ship also left from here.
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  • Beautifully quiet corner of town that also provides access to the Kennet &Avon canal trail the most scenic walk in the whole area. Plan to spend the with a picnic or a stop at George Inn pub. A defini...  more »
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  • Beautiful park, lovely range of interesting trees and architecture. The canal and railway cut through the middle with some cute bridges. Tennis courts, playground, maze, and a nearby café.
  • Slept here after a night out. Great benches and a short walk into town. Sadly I was woken up by dog walkers in the early hours next to the main road
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