- Ralph Allen Drive, , BA2 5AH
- 01225 833422
A beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden set in a sweeping valley with magnificent views of the City of Bath.
Prior Park Landscape Garden is an 18th-century landscape garden, designed by the poet Alexander Pope and the landscape gardener Capability Brown, and now owned by the National Trust. It is south of Bath, Somerset, England by Prior Park Road, and 3/4 mile (1.2 km) from the Kennet and Avon canal path.
Prior Park was created by local entrepreneur and philanthropist Ralph Allen from about 1734 until his death in 1764, with advice from both Pope and Brown. Allen became Mayor of Bath in 1742, having started off working in the post office. Much of the “Bath stone” so prevalent in Bath came from Allen’s limestone Combe Down and Bathampton Down Mines. In around 1742, Allen commissioned architect John Wood to build a mansion within the park, which is now owned by Prior Park College. William Warburton, Allen’s son-in-law, lived there for some time.
The 28 acre (113,000 m