Beginning in Queen Square to discuss the Barton Farm and look at its old farmhouse, the walk takes a leisurely tour around Royal Victoria Park, to discover its history and why it was so nearly called Hyde Park. We also look at the many changes over the years, and discuss how one of the country’s earliest parks has become a place of relaxation and recreation in the 21st century.

This is very much a walk for all the family. There will be history and horticulture, with stops to talk about aspects of the park. During these stops, children (and the family dog) will be able to relax and play.

There are some options with steps but short alternative routes avoiding these are readily available. In the Great Dell, those who choose not to take the adventurous route will be able to wait in the Dell and watch the others. Dogs must be on leads in the Great Dell and Botanical Gardens.

Start Date Saturday 21st September 2019
Start Time 14:00
Duration 2 hours
Distance 2.5 miles
Places Available 25
Meeting Point Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HA


Start / Finish

Queen Square, meeting point by the obelisk.


Mainly flat on pavements and paths and across the park. There is a more challenging section with steps in the Great Dell, but those who do not wish to take this route can wait and relax on seats in the dell.


Loos: Charlotte Street, Park Pavilion, Children’s Play area and Charlotte Street Car Park.


Kirsten Elliott

Meeting Point

Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HA