Heritage Open Day at Prior Park Landscape Garden

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18 September 2021
18 September 2021

Pay a visit to this garden perched on a hillside overlooking Bath with magnificent views across the city. The garden is centred around the iconic Palladian bridge, and was created in the eighteenth century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen.

As well as the bridge, there’s lots to discover including winding paths leading to hidden retreats, dramatic views and informal play areas. This year, things are different at Prior Park, as the garden undergoes major restoration on its historic dams so there may be restricted access to certain areas. Built in the mid-1700s, both time and the destructive American signal crayfish have taken their toll on these structures and the dams are in need of major and expert attention.

The project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see conservation in action on the garden’s eighteenth-century landscape engineering. It will allow them to strengthen the dams, refill the lakes, reinstate paths and put back a small cascade – a long-lost original feature.