This summer, Bath is welcoming people back with a floral flourish, as the city is entered into the annual South West in Bloom competition. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your lunch break, take our bite-sized floral tour of the city and discover some of Bath’s best blooms…
1. SouthGate Bath
Start your wander in SouthGate Bath, where will spot a colourful walkway of rainbow bunting, hanging baskets, recycled bee and butterfly-shaped floral sculptures, herb-planted barrows, and a bug hotel.
2. Manvers Street
Head through SouthGate to Manvers Street, where you will spot a beautiful bed of sustainable planting, sponsored by the Bath BID and planted by volunteers.
3. Terrace Walk
Walk along Manvers Street to Terrace Walk to discover the planters maintained by volunteers and urns planted by the Bath BID Rangers.
4. Parade Gardens
Cross the road for stunning views of Parade Gardens, a two-and-a-half-acre garden containing a restored bandstand, deckchairs, and a refreshments kiosk. The garden’s bedding displays are amongst the finest in the country, and the annual three-dimensional carpet bedding in the summer is unique. Residents of Bath and North East Somerset can bring their Discovery Card or a recent bill for free entry into Parade Gardens.
5. Orange Grove
Just outside the entrance to Parade Gardens is Orange Grove. Created in the early eighteenth century as a social walking area, Orange Grove is now a well-kept floral roundabout, enjoying wonderful views of Bath Abbey.
6. Abbey Green and Abbeygate Street
From Orange Grove, walk towards Bath Abbey and through to Abbey Green and Abbeygate Street. Abbey Green is a historic cobbled square that is home to a nineteenth-century London Plane tree, as well as a wonderful selection of independent shops and eateries, with Abbeygate Street also adorned with floral displays.
7. Union Street
From Abbeygate Street, walk up Stall Street to Union Street, where you will find cheerful seating and stunning floral displays.
8. Northumberland Place
Near the top of Union Street, turn right and walk through the passageway to Northumberland Place, a bustling street filled with cafés and independent shops, and Bath’s smallest pub. Discover planting sponsored by HPH Commercial Property, and purple trough planting in honour of Bath Mayor June Player.
9. Upper Borough Walls
From Northumberland Place, Wander up Union Passage to Upper Borough Walls. Taking its name from a section of the Medieval wall of the city, which still remains, Upper Borough Walls is a historic street where you will now find cafés, restaurants, pubs and shops, as well as stunning floral planters installed by the Bath BID Rangers.
10. Milsom Street, Milsom Place and George Street
As you reach the top of town, discover colourful planters planted by the Bath BID Rangers in Milsom Street. As you wander up the historic shopping street, make sure you visit Milsom Place, where you will find an array of shops and places to eat and drink. The characterful corridors and courtyards of Milsom Place are adorned with floral planters and hanging baskets. Head back onto Milsom Street and continue up the road to the final spot on your tour, George Street, where you will find vibrant hanging baskets.