The center of Bath is dominated by its Abbey and the adjacent Parade Gardens. Originally part of the Abbey grounds (but outside the medieval city walls), the gardens were used by the Abbey's monks as an orchard. In 1737, architect John Wood redesigned the area as gardens, known as "St. James' Triangle". The new gardens were to be used by Bath's society folks as a promenade following a visit to the nearby Assembly Rooms ( a ballroom, casino, and tea room). In the 1700's, the north side vaults were used as stables during the upper class visits. In the Victorian era, part of the gardens were used as a pet cemetery. Architect John Wood also designed luxury apartments along North Parade street bordering the area. They had their own private entrance into the gardens. Notables such as Admiral Lord Nelson, William Wilberforce, and William Wordsworth once lived in these apartments. There are several plaques and statues spread throughout , including one to King Bladud (who had discovered the baths), Mozart, and N.A. Trent's "Angel of Peace." The Parade Gardens (now privately owned and operated) are beautiful and definitely worth visiting.
Looking across the Avon River, into the gardens. Bath Abbey is in the background.
Architect John Wood's North Parade Road luxury apartments with their private entrance into the gardens.
There are several individual flower gardens throughout the grounds.
Standing in front of the commeneration to Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday.
King Bladud (ca. 500 BC),while working as a swine herder, discovered the hot spring baths here and supposedly founded the city of Bath. This statue of Bladud in the gardens commemorates his legend.
Remnants of the original Abbey walls that surrounded the gardens when it was an orchard tended by the monks.
Part of the Victorian era pet cemetery in the middle of the gardens.
N.A.Trent's "Angel of Peace" dedicated to the diplomacy efforts of Edward VII throughout Europe.
Mozart's works are frequently performed in many of Bath's venues, so it is only appropriate that there is a Mozart statue in the gardens.
Bath has developed a sister city relationship with Brunswick. This part of the gardens is dedicated to that relationship.
Summer visitors can enjoy a light repas at the Parade Gardens' Cafe.
Time for some afternoon tea?
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.