parallel in the kingdom! The Kennet and Avon Canal runs through the gardens, with two elegant cast-iron bridges thrown over it, after the manner of the Chinese ; and the romantic and picturesque scenery, by which they are surrounded, is fascinating beyond measure. Great opposition, it seems, was originally made to the canal running through these gardens by the proprietor ; but it gives such a variety to the walks, that its introduction is now viewed as a great addition. It would be a matter of some difficulty to point out a spot of ground so tastefully laid out as SYDNEY-GARDENS. Vauxhall, it is true, may boast of its superiority for brilliancy, and number of lamps, and vocal performers; but, in other respects, viewed as a garden, the competition would be perfectly ridiculous. The Labyrinth, shown here at threepence each person, is an object of curiosity. The inducement to enter it is one of Merlin's swings, which appears not only very prominent, but easy of access. However, it might puzzle any cunning person, if left to himself and without a clue, for six hours, to acquire the much wished for spot ; and it is rather a difficult task when the explorer of the Labyrinth has the direction pointed out to him from a man stationed in the swing.

The inns and outs necessary to be made, it is said, measure half a mile. When the swing is made, and the secret unravelled, the guardian of this sort of Fair Rosamond's bower conveys the visitor once more into the public walks; the variety of which, that continually meet the eye of the promenader are truly attractive. A most delightful piece of


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ground, like a bowling-green, enveloped with trees, and a small natural cascade from a spring, cannot be passed with indifference. The company, generally, are of the most respectable description; and upon some of the gala-nights, upwards of 4000 persons have paid for admission, which is 2s. 6d. each. In fact, the most fastidious observer cannot find fault with SydNEY-GARDENS, which have also another advantage to recommend them to the visitors of Bath, namely, in having a surrounding ride, for the accommodation of ladies and gentlemen on horseback, that commands beautiful and ro. mantic views, and of being free from dust in the summer, and dirt in the winter. The terms of subscription for walking are for one month, each person, 4s.; for three months, 7s. 6d.;

and the season, 10s. If two in one family, each 78. 6d.; ditto, if three or more, each 6s. Nonsubscribers, for walking, 6d. each time. Nurserymaids with children in arms, one subscription. Gentlemen and families may be accommodated with elegant apartments at Sydney-House, The terms of subscription to the ride, one month, 28. 6d. each person. Three months, 6s. Six months, 10s. The year, 158. Non-subscribers, 6d. each time.

On leaving the Gardens and turning round to the left, at the bottom of Sydney-Place stands, what is now called the QUEEN's House, from her late MAJESTY having occupied it during her visit to Bath. Its principal recommendation, it seems, was its capaciousness, as her MAJESTY had given the preference to the Royal CRESCENT; but, in consequence of not being able to procure four houses at this most delightful

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