hidden gardens of bath

Book onto a Hidden Gardens of Bath Tour, complete with afternoon tea!

22nd July 2020

One of the best ways to see Bath is on a guided tour, whether you’re new to the city or want to experience a whole new side of it. There’s a huge choice of these tours available, from Jane Austen themed tours to spooky ghost walks around the city. 

Arguably one of the best is the Hidden Gardens of Bath, which offers the chance to see the city’s greener side in all its glory. Did you know that Bath has won the Britain in Bloom competition a total of thirteen times? It’s no wonder, as the city is bursting with green spaces, floral displays, beautiful hanging baskets and incredible gardens. 

As you’d expect from the name, Hidden Gardens of Bath offers visitors a unique chance to explore private gardens not normally open to the public. The team have picked out the very finest of these hidden gems for you to explore when you join a tour. 

The tours are unhurried and laid-back, so you can take your time enjoying each garden and learning all about the plants and flowers within. Tour leaders, like Hidden Gardens founder Helen Hughesdon, are highly knowledgeable and passionate about gardens. You can expect plenty of information, advice and inspiration too, especially when you see the creativity of some of these beautiful gardens.  

Spot of afternoon tea?   

One of the best tours offered by the Hidden Gardens team is the Afternoon Cream Tea Tour. Taking place over three hours, you’ll enjoy a delicious cream tea in the third of three stunning gardens. On the menu are homemade scones, West Country clotted cream and lots of other tasty treats. 

Tickets start from £40, and you can book on the Hidden Gardens of Bath website. You can also pay £5 for the Full Afternoon Tea Tour, where you’ll get an extended gourmet afternoon tea.  

Other popular tours include: 

  • Morning Tour – a three-hour morning stroll around three beautiful private gardens in Bath 
  • Special Tour including Bath Priory Gardens – a half-day guided tour of the Bath Priory Hotel gardens with head gardeners Jane or Anna. You’ll also tour two other gardens and tuck into coffee and biscuits in the Bath Priory Hotel’s drawing room or sun terrace. This is a great one for guests staying at our spacious Greenbanks House, as it’s only a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel. 

Tours restarting from 6th July 2020

While tours have been suspended during the coronavirus crisis, there’s great news for people keen to get out and explore Bath again. The Hidden Gardens of Bath team have announced that they’ll be running their fantastic tours again from 6th July! 

This is around the same time as Bath’s hospitality and tourism sector starts to reopen, giving visitors to the city lots more to see and do – all while maintaining social distancing and other safety measures in line with government guidance.  

Keep checking back on our blog for all the latest news on re-openings and more in Bath.