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Visit Parade Gardens

These delightful gardens are Bath's most centrally situated pleasure grounds. Overlooking the River Avon, they give fine views of Pulteney Bridge and the weir
Learn more about Parade Gardens

Parade Gardens is a grade II listed park. Originally known as St James's Park, it was laid out in 1709 to accompany assembly rooms for spa visitors.

The flower bed displays in Parade Gardens are among the finest in the country, and the annual 3-dimensional carpet bedding in the summer always features a unique concept.

In 2013, Bath was a Gold award winner in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition, with Parade Gardens also winning the RHS Britain in Bloom Edible Britain award. The entry included a 100ft border of vegetables for all to enjoy, and a 3D sculpture of the TV characters 'The Herbs'.

Admission and opening hours

Parade Gardens is open to the public at a small charge, between 10am and 6pm.

Opening hours are subject to weather conditions.

Parade Gardens entry fees
Visitor Price
Bath and North East Somerset residents (with a Discovery card) Free
Adults £2.50
Students and senior citizens £1.25
Children (5 to 16 years old) £1.25
Children (0 to 5 years old) Free

We also charge £2 per person for pre-booked parties of 30 or more. Please email to make a group booking.

Facilities and features

  • Bandstand
  • Benches
  • Circular pathway
  • Collonades
  • Flower beds
  • King Edward VII memorial
  • Monk's Mill - historic remains of a medieval mill, older than Bath Abbey
  • Statues and sculptures
  • Viewpoints over Pulteney Bridge and the weir

Band dates 2024

All concerts 2pm - 4pm. Please note that performances may change at short notice.

Date Band performing in Parade Gardens
Sunday 2nd June Bath Tub Orchestra
Sunday 9th June Choirs led by Kate Courage
Saturday 15th June Aviator Band
Sunday 16th June Bissboro Flute Trio
Sunday 23rd June Saxophony
Sunday 30th June City of Bath Brass Band
Sunday 7th July Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band
Sunday 21st July Cricklade Band
Saturday 10th August Samba Kernow
Sunday 11th August Apollo Wind Band
Sunday 18th August Bristol Coracau (Latin American music)
Sunday 25th August Phoenix Wind Band
Date Bands performing at Royal Victoria Park Bandstand
Sunday 21st July City of Bath Brass Band

Site access

Site access details

Vehicle access

  • No direct vehicle access
  • Loading and unloading from Grand Parade (with parking suspensions)

Pedestrian access

Via Grand Parade, a single entrance with stairs and ramp

Disabled access

  • Wheelchair accessible ramp to the gardens below
  • The paths are paved throughout