A Pleasure Garden is an entertainment building in Empire: Total War
Pleasure Gardens

In-game picture of Pleasure Gardens


An ornamental garden, laid out in a formal style with pleasant walks to show off horticultural workers and the fashionable elements of society equally.

Public gardens are for the enjoyment of the leisured classes, and this usually means the moneyed classes. The chance to wonder through a carefully tended landscape, enjoy a rural idyll and, possibly, a fashionable "pique-nique" while being seen by one's peers is definitely a pleasure of the rich.

Historically, pleasure gardens often catered to a wide cilentele, not all of whom came to enjoy the flowers. Visitors who stayed after dark could enjoy entertainments of a very non-horticultural; though similarly earthy, nature. The character of the gardens changed as night fell: they became the haunt of prostitutes, gambliers, mollies and the foully debauched. Vauxhill Gardens in London, for example, were notorious as playgrounds of vice and disgusting iniquity, were a meal, a whore (of any kind) and a drunken evening of sin were available to anyone with sufficient funds, if they could avoid a mugging. The elaborate theatricals and fireworks staged at Vauxhill were merely a bonus for watching revelers!


  • Level 3
  • 5 Turns to Build
  • 3000 Coin


  • Requires Theatre
  • Enhances National Prestige
  • +5 Happiness (Lower Classes)
  • +5 Happiness (Middle Classes)
  • Spawns Rakes. Maximum number: +1

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