If you are visiting the city of Bath in Somerset and feel a need to get away from the crowds for a while and enjoy the neighboring countryside, you might want to plan an excursion to the Prior Park Landscape Garden. This 18th century garden was designed by the famous poet Alexander Pope in collaboration with the landscape artist Capability Brown. Currently it is overseen by the National Trust, and offers visitors access to wide green lawns and sweeping hillsides, beautiful views of the city of Bath, as well as a number of intriguing architectural features.
The most iconic site in the Prior Park Gardens is probably the Palladian Bridge. The Palladian Bridge was constructed in 1755 by Ralph Allen with some input from both the garden’s creators. Palladian architecture was quite popular during the 18th century, but this was one of the last Palladian bridges built in England. The bridge was restored during the 90s to remove river silt and repair damage. Care was taken however to preserve graffiti left on the bridge clear back in the 18th century, now as historic as the bridge itself. Other destinations in the park include the beautiful summerhouse, the historic icehouse, and waterfalls from the Serpentine Lake.