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Scenic surroundings at Prior Park

Heritage Ability Locations

National Trust - Prior Park

  • Forest/Woodland
  • Formal Gardens
  • Country Park
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Information centre
  • Cafe or shop
  • Dog friendly

One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from 'Capability' Brown and the poet Alexander Pope.  The garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath. Restoration of the 'Wilderness' has reinstated the Serpentine Lake, Cascade and Cabinet. A five-minute walk leads to the Bath Skyline, a six-mile circular route encompassing beautiful woodlands and meadows, an Iron Age hill fort, Roman settlements, 18th-century follies and spectacular views.

Accessible activities

BSL Guided Tour - You can now enjoy the history and stories behind this place by borrowing a tablet loaded with British Sign Language videos at the site. You can also view them on our Heritage Ability Youtube channel using your own device. Make sure you’re subscribed!

Visual Guide - a guide to prepare you for your visit, detailing any unwelcome surprises. Download by clicking the image below.

Easy read interpretation - a guide which details the history and stories behind the site in plain English, supported by imagery. Pick up your copy at reception or download by clicking the image below.

Prior Park Easy Read

Large print format - coming soon in 2020!

Staff and volunteers have received Disability Awareness Training and Deaf Awareness Training.

Contact National Trust - Prior Park


Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, Somerset, BA2 5AH



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