The Priory Gardens provide a beautiful open space with benches, picnic tables, large lawns and floral displays with the River Kennet running along its edge - a quiet retreat from the bustle of the High Street.
The gardens are adjacent to The Priory itself which was once the site of a Friary of Carmelite monks and today provides living accommodation for the retired. The main public access to the gardens, which were donated to the town by Mrs Thomasine Clay in the1930s in memory of her husband, is in the High Street through the archway next to the Jubilee Centre (close to the Jubilee Clock) or via a gate along Figgins Lane.
The Priory Gardens can be hired for public events subject to approval by Marlborough Town Council. In the past the Gardens have been used for a living history display (a re-enactment of life in a English Civil War encampment), public performances such as Shakespearean plays, the Jazz Festival, celebrations around the Royal Wedding, an Alice in Wonderland tea party, as a venue for the Marlborough Puppetry Festival and even a finishing point for a rubber duck race!
Sorry - no dogs,cycles or ball games.