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3. Williamson Park

Top 10 ten places to visit in North West England - Lancaster and Morecambe

Williamson Park 

Williamson Park in Lancaster comprises 54 acres of beautiful parkland with enchanting walks and play areas and breathtaking views to the Fylde Coast and the Lake District. The Tropical Butterfly House, Mini-Beasts, Bird Enclosure and Small Mammal section will fascinate all the family and add a touch of the exotic to a visit to one of the city's leading tourist attractions. Enjoy the pleasant surroundings of the Pavilion Cafe or browse around the Gift Shop packed with all kinds of exciting gift ideas.

The Park includes the Ashton Memoria, a famous Edwardian folly on the skyline overlooking Lancaster which was a gift to the City from Lord Ashton, set within the parkland created by his father, James. The "structure", as it became known locally, was a memorial to Lord Ashton’s first wife. The park was created out of the quarries from which came the stone for most of Lancaster’s buildings. 

The Ashton Memorial Folly
The Ashton Memorial was commissioned by Lord Ashton as a tribute to his late wife. Born in Lancaster, Lord Ashton became a millionaire producing oil cloth and linoleum which was exported from the port all over the world. It serve as reminder of the importance of Lancaster as a thriving commercial centre, not only in times past but now in the 21st century.

The first floor outdoor viewing gallery provides superb views of the surrounding countryside and across Morecambe Bay. On the left of the picture above you can see Lancaster Castle and the Priory Church, moving right the River Lune flows gracefully through the historic city and out into the bay beyond.
The Lakeland hills are clearly visible and it is possible to see Blackpool Tower and the Isle of Man.

The stonework reflects the colour of the sun and can be seen in hues from pale yellow through pure white to deep orange depending on the time of day and offers an image of inspiration and contemplation.

The Butterfly House
Live exotic butterflies fluttering and feeding amidst the flowers, trees and vines in the tropical rain forest housed in the former Palm House. Walk amongst some of the world's most beautiful species, including brilliant swallowtails, and cleverly camouflaged Owl butterflies within a natural habitat. The pupae of new butterflies can be seen in a special display case and you may even see a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis!

In the stream that flows around the forest you will also find a variety of lively fish.

The Butterfly House is also a popular destination for school trips, guided talks are available demonstrating the life cycle of the beautiful creatures.

Williamson Park Address:
Williamson Park
England, UK
Williamson Park Admission
Admission to the park is free 
Admission to the Ashton Memorial and viewing platform is free, although a voluntary charge of 50 pence is requested to help maintain upkeep of the building.
Williamson Park Butterfly House Opening Times:
April to September, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
October to March, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm 
Williamson Park Butterfly House Admission: 
Adult £4.50
Child £3.00
Senior Citizen £4.00
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £14.00
Family (2 Adults and 3 Concessions) £18.00

T  +44 (0)1524 33318

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Williamson Park location 

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