Royal Victoria Park

ROYAL VICTORIA PARK

Below the Royal Crescent and stretching over 57 acres, this park of many parts has something for everyone regardless of age.

The Park was formed in 1829 and formally opened in 1830.  It was named after the then 11 year old Princess Victoria, (the first ever park to carry her name) visiting Bath at the time.  It was privately run until 1921 when it was taken over by the Bath Corporation.

Overlooked by the Royal Crescent, its 57 acres were originally laid out as an arboretum, and even today contains a superb collection of trees.  Added to these are some fine Ornaments, beautiful bedding displays, Bowling green, Tennis courts, putting green, boating pond and 12 and 18 hole approach golf courses.  It also contains the beautiful Botanical gardens, a bird aviary and a unique and incredibly popular children's play area laid out to emulate the city itself.  All of these combine to make the park one of the most popular parts of Bath.

The Botanical Gardens
One of the most delightful features of the Royal Victoria Park, the Botanical gardens were formed in 1887 and within their 9 acres is one of the finest collections of plants on limestone, certainly in the West country.  Many choice trees, shrubs and a fine herbaceous border, a rock garden and pool, a scented walk and a collection of old shrub Roses and the building used by the City at the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in 1924 are just a few of the many attractive and interesting features of the garden.

To mark the centenary in 1987 the gardens were extended to include the Great Dell, a disused quarry and formally part of the park itself, already containing a large collection of Conifers.  It has been developed into a woodland garden, and contains even more plants and features to add to this fascinating and beautiful part of the park.