The Parade Gardens is a 2.5 acre, municipal park located between Bath’s major landmarks and the River Avon. For a small fee you can enjoy the riverside lawns and flowerbeds for picnics, sunning or a respite from sightseeing. Concerts are regularly performed in the bandstand during the summer months. This historic land is listed with the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens because in 1610 the greenspace was the Abbey Orchard. 100 years later it became Harrison’s Walk. Later in the 18th century, the park was expanded into North Parade (shown here) and South Parade before becoming the Institution Gardens in 1824.