In this Glorious Gardens post, I went to the National Trust gardens in Bath called The Prior Park Landscape Gardens. This garden was created in the 18th Century by Ralph Allen following advice from Capability Brown. His former home is now a school called Prior Park College, so it is just the gardens that can be visited but how splendid they are!
They are dominated by one of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world and are set in a deep wooded valley just on the way out of the city of Bath. Visiting in Spring sees masses of wild garlic along the paths and in the valley but in Autumn, I can imagine the colours must be superb.
The gardens are a National Trust property and there are various trails for children to take part in. My favourite is The Rotten Trail where children can learn about decay in the garden! It is very hilly and so very young children or people with wheel chairs would need to take care on the steep paths. I followed the marked walk all the way around the garden and it took me (a very fast walker) about an hour but you could easily spend half or a whole day here. There are lots of places to stop for a picnic and a lovely cafe serving light refreshments including sandwiches, drinks and ice-creams. The only difficulty is that there is no parking on site so you need to catch a bus from the city centre. Dogs are allowed on a lead.
There is a small playground for children and a great swing with a view towards Prior Park College!
I enjoyed reading all the graffiti on the bridge itself; some was dated over 200 years ago!
This is not a garden full of flowers but is a garden of note as it has spectacular views and is not very crowded due to it being quite tricky to get to. You can also access the Bath Skyline walk from here which is 500 acres around the city.