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Brief description of site

Sydney Gardens occupy a 4 hectare elongated hexagon-shaped site in a residential area to the north-east of Bath. The gardens were opened as a public pleasure ground on the 11th May 1795. They have since been subject to a series of alterations.

Brief history of site

Sydney Gardens were designed by Charles Harcourt Masters, a Bath architect, and opened in 1795. During the first quarter of the 19th century various new attractions were introduced in Sydney Gardens. In about 1839 work started on the section of the Great Western Railway that runs through the Gardens, effectively cutting the Gardens in half. Various garden features and buildings were destroyed. In 1908 Bath City Council purchased Sydney Gardens, which opened to the public in 1913.

Location information:

Address: Sydney Road, Bath, BA2 6NT

Locality: Bath

Local Authorities:

Bath and North East Somerset; Bathwick

Historical County: Gloucestershire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 172 Grid Ref: ST757653
Latitude: 51.3862 Longitude: -2.35059


The park lies between the A4 and the A36 in Bath. From the A4 London Road take the A36 onto Bathwick Street. Continue on the A36 along Beckford Road to Sydney Road.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal park, open daily for general public use.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1792 to 1795

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 4

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