How the spa city of Bath came to be
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There's nothing like a stroll around the grounds or gardens of a grand estate to calm the mind. Bath is a city steeped in history so here are 4 of the best outdoor spaces in the city and surrounding areas.
Ralph Allen Drive, Bath BA2 5AH
One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park Landscape Garden, 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. Visit website
Dyrham, Chippenham SN14 8HY
Dyrham Park is a spectacular late 17th-century mansion, garden and deer park. Explore 270 acres of ancient parkland, where a historic herd of fallow deer roams freely around magnificent trees and breathtaking views. Inside the impressive mansion, built by hard-working civil servant William Blathwayt, discover fascinating interiors little changed in 300 years, as well as a rich collection that includes superb Dutch art and ceramics of the period. Visit website
Holt, Bradford-on-Avon BA14 6RR
Find beauty around every corner at The Courts Garden, Holt. Perfectly peaceful, The Courts Garden’s criss-crossing paths lead you through a variety of unique garden rooms; a peaceful water garden, colourful herbaceous borders, quirky topiary, beautiful lawns and an atmospheric arboretum. This classic early 20th century garden near Bradford on Avon is perfect for a gentle stroll from spring too autumn. Visit website
Iford Manor, Iford, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2BA
This romantic, award-winning, family-owned Grade 1-listed garden was created by Edwardian architect Harold Peto when Iford Manor was his home, from 1899-1933. Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, paths twist and turn around ancient statues, columns, terraces and architecture surrounded by ebullient planting schemes, leading you on in anticipation of the next delight. Visit website
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