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Sydney Gardens

Expansive Georgian pleasure gardens, within easy reach of the city centre

Sydney Gardens, dating from 1795, are one of Britain’s most extensive and attractive remaining Georgian Pleasure Gardens. Historically a draw to fashionable society, early patrons included Jane Austen, who lived for several years in adjoining Sydney Place.

This peaceful location contains a variety of open and more intimate spaces, including parkland, woodland, pretty waterside walks, tennis courts and a neoclassical loggia and Temple of Minerva. A series of stately walkways and white Chinoiserie bridges frame elegant vistas across the gently sloping site, to the city centre, and the countryside beyond.

Sydney Gardens are a short walk from the city centre, approached via the magnificent Great Pulteney Street, and adjoining the Holburne Museum. They offer an ideal setting for festivals, sporting events, children's and community activities.

To learn more about this location's successful activities programme, read about the Sydney Gardens Project and ongoing Heritage Lottery Funded works

Sydney Gardens Pavilion hire

Sydney Gardens Pavilion is available to hire for community groups, activities associated with the park, art, education, environment, and mental health programmes run by relevant organisations. We do allow private hire, however each enquiry will be carefully considered. Please provide full details of your proposed event using the form below.

Make a Pavilion booking (Standard rate £20 per hour)
Make an enquiry about a garden event
Hire prices
Time of year Standard rate (per day) Charity rate (per day)
April to September £1,757 £879
October to March £1,318 £659

Facilities on site

    • Water
    • Electricity
    • Café
    • Play park
    • Toilets (pay to use)
    • Wheelchair access

Event size

This location can support the following sized events:

    • Small events
    • Major events

Supported activities

Sydney Gardens is a perfect location for the following activities:

    • Art installations
    • Community events
    • Outdoor theatre
    • Children's activities
    • Festivals

Site access

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Pedestrian Access

Via Main entrance, Holburne Museum & Canal Path.

Disabled Access

Sydney Gardens is fully accessible.


Closest car parks are the Holburne Museum (limited parking) and Manvers Street Car Park

On-street parking available at Walcot Street

Public Transport

  • Good Public Transport Links from Bath Bus Station to Bathwick Hill.
  • Approximately a 15 minute walk from Bath Bus Station and Bath Train Station.