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Sydney Gardens were conceived in the early 1790s, when planners put forward suggestions for a hexagonal series of gardens that were to form part of the Pulteney Estate, part of which you will see later in the tour.

The first tree was planted here in 1793 and two years later the gardens were opened to the public. Sydney Gardens were reportedly a favourite haunt of the author Jane Austen, when she spent time in the city. She is said to have appreciated concerts here, adding: ‘The gardens are large enough for me to get pretty well beyond the reach of its sound.’ Perhaps Ms Austen was commenting on the quality of the musicians that played here!

The railway cutting you are looking at was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the famous engineer who worked extensively in this part of the country. This section of line is the last as trains approach Bath from the east, and was ostensibly designed as a stage set – to provide a picturesque scene for both passengers on the train, and train enthusiasts alike.

Find out more about Sydney Gardens on our Bath tour. Click here for more information.