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Sydney Gardens, Bath

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Sydney Gardens is a public open space at the end of Great Pulteney Street in Bath, Somerset, England. The gardens are the only remaining eighteenth-century pleasure gardens in the country. They are Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.
The gardens were laid out in the 1790s, to plans by Thomas Baldwin which were completed by Charles Harcourt Masters, as a commercial pleasure garden with a variety of attractions. Features included a maze, grotto, sham castle and an artificial rural scene with moving figures powered by a clockwork mechanism. Events included promenades and public breakfasts which were attended by Jane Austen among others. It was also the venue for an annual flower show. The layout was affected by the construction of the Kennet & Avon Canal in 1810 and the Great Western Railway in 1840 which pass through the park. The gardens later fell into decline. In 1908, the site was bought by the local council and reopened as a park. Since 2015, work has been undertaken to improve the environment of the park and provide additional attractions for visitors.
The Sydney Hotel, which was built with the gardens, was the centre for entertainment. It is now the Holburne Museum. Other structures including the walls and bridges connected with the canal and railway are listed buildings along with small buildings now known as the pavilion and Minerva's temple and the public conveniences.
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  • Chanced across this park whilst out for a walk in the morning. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.  more »
  • We spent half an hour walking round the gardens- interesting to see the canal and the GWR Railway which Brunel built and the various follies in the grounds.  more »
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  • That Jane Austin used to come here sold it to me. The place is beautiful, as you would expect of any park worth its name, with open fields and nooks for solace. It also has the winding Avon canal tucked in its underbelly as a surprise. The place also houses the Holborn Museum, to stamp its power and authority.
  • Had a little walk around and had lunch here. It was sunny, so was great. It's a very nice place to walk around.
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