Prior Park

sights / Parks & gardens

Prior Park information

Bath , United Kingdom
Address
Street Ralph Allen Dr
Telephone
+44 1225 833422
More information
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/priorpark
Prices
adult/child £5.40/3
Opening hours
10am-5.30pm Feb-Nov
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Lonely Planet review

This 18th-century estate on Bath's southern fringe was built by the entrepreneur Ralph Allen, who made his fortune founding Britain's first postal service, and owned many of the local quarries from which the city's amber-coloured Bath stone was mined. The famous landscape architect Capability Brown and the satirical poet Alexander Pope both had a hand in laying out the grounds, which feature cascading lakes and a graceful Palladian bridge, one of only four such structures in the world – look out for the period graffiti, some of which dates back to the 1800s.

The house itself is now occupied by a private school, but there are several lovely pathways around the estate, including the Bath Skyline , a 6-mile circular trail offering truly inspirational views.

The park is a mile south of Bath's centre. Bus 2 (every 10 minutes) and the City Skyline tour both stop nearby.