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Bath, England

Botanical Gardens of Bath

With lush plants and flowers, huge trees, ponds, and hidden monuments, this place feels a bit like discovering Narnia. 

Founded in 1840, the Botanical Gardens of Bath is a 9-acre section of Royal Victoria Park dedicated to flora and fauna. It is beautiful all year round, but particularly so in spring and autumn, when there are Cherry Blossoms, Bluebells, Daffodils, and lovely hues of red and yellow.

The main section features a rock garden, roses, a scented walkway and a hidden tree sculpture, as well as a temple to the goddess Minerva that’s surrounded by a stream, and pond framed by pink petals. 

Across the road there is a less visited section called the Great Dell, an old stone quarry that was transformed into a ornamental garden and became part of the Botanical Gardens in 1987. It feels a bit like discovering Narnia, with its lush greenland, beautiful red trees and trickling stream. You can walk among the treetops using the walkway, and uncover hidden statues dedicated to the god Jupiter and the playwright William Shakespeare. 

Know Before You Go

The pond is currently under repair but should be fixed by the end of April 2018. The main section is wheelchair accessible, but the treetop walkway in the Great Dell has some steps. Free to enter.