Sydney Gardens is a small park on the north-eastern side of Bath and the UK’s only surviving Georgian Pleasure Gardens. It’s the perfect place to escape for some peace with your dog.
Sydney Gardens was once possibly the greatest pleasure garden outside London. It boasted a labyrinth, where Jane Austen walked every day when she lived in Bath.
“I join with you in wishing for the environs of Laura Place, but do not venture to expect it. My mother hankers after the Square dreadfully, and it is but natural to suppose that my uncle will take her part. It would be very pleasant to be near Sydney Gardens; we might go into the labyrinth every day.”
Jane Austen to Cassandra
Wednesday, January 21, 1801
The gardens had become less popular around the time Brunel’s railway was built, destroying features including the popular labyrinth. By the mid-19th century Royal Victoria Park was the preferred attraction.
Today, Sydney Gardens features fine trees, shrubberies, lawns and flower beds, tennis courts and a children’s play area.
The Gardens have close up views of trains and canal boats. It’s easy to extend the walk along the canal.
Sydney Gardens provide a lovely break from the city. Dogs can enjoy a little run around the green space and walks can be extended further along the canal. It’s a neatly kept garden and recently Sydney Gardens have received £2.7m for major restoration work.