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What’s at the Royal Victoria Park?

Date: 31st January 2019
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Author: Sarah Twist
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Publisher: Darwin Escapes
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Park: Bath Mill Lodge Retreat
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Take a relaxing stroll from our own Bath Mill Lodge Retreat and visit the beautiful and historic Royal Victoria Park

Bath Mill Lodge Retreat is only a two mile walk from both the bustling city centre and the picturesque Royal Victoria Park, which offers 57 acres of beautiful parkland, with botanical gardens and family fun attractions to enjoy.


The History

The Royal Victoria Park was the first of its kind to carry the then Princess Victoria’s name, who came to officially open the park in 1830 at just 11 years old, she never returned to Bath in her life. It is rumoured that a Bath resident made a disparaging comment about the young Princess’ ankles, this was reported to the Princess, which then caused her to shun the historic city for her entire reign.

The beautiful parkland is registered as Grade I on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by English Heritage.


The Park, Gardens & Attractions

The parkland spans 57 acres and holds something of interest for all ages, from enjoying a picnic in front of the famous curving Royal Crescent, to watching the hypnotic hot air balloons rise above the city.

Head to the beautiful Botanical Gardens in the North-West of the park. They were first built in 1887, the gardens contain one of the finest collections in the West Country of plants on Limestone. Explore the gardens and visit the replica Roman Temple of Minerva, which was originally used at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924 and late moved to the gardens. You’ll also see magnificent tree carvings, beautiful flowers and, of course, the intricate iron gates.

There are a lot of attractions in the park for all ages to enjoy, including a large adventure playground for the children, with climbing frames, zip lines and a fun skateboard area. Enjoy a game of tennis or head to the bowling and putting green for something a little slower paced. The park is also home to a 12 and 18 hole mini golf course to try your hand at, there is also a lovely boating area to enjoy and a bandstand for open air concerts.


The Royal Victoria Park really does have something for everyone, with free admission and a calendar of events and things to do all year round, including the ever-popular open air ice rink that arrives in November and can be enjoyed through most of the winter. Make sure to relax, have a bite to eat and refreshing beverage all year round at the Pavillion Café.

Holiday at Bath Mill

Bath Mill Lodge Retreat offers a peaceful oasis only a 20 minute walk from the bustling city centre, the perfect alternative to a city hotel.

Our beautiful and luxurious lodges are ideal for a self-catering city break, with fully fitted kitchen’s holding all the essentials you could need, including fridge/freezer, oven and dishwasher, to some added luxuries such as wine coolers. The large open plan living space’s offer sumptuous sofas, charming dining areas and floor to ceiling windows, with French doors leading out to a private decking. Our bedrooms will give you the best night’s sleep, with soft bedding and dreamy pillows.

Bath Mill is home to the popular Brook Bar & Bistro, which serves mouth-watering family favourites and boasts a fully stocked bar, where you are sure to enjoy your favourite tipple in a wonderful atmosphere next to the babbling Newton Brook.

Book your holiday and enjoy your city break to Bath

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