Williamson Park

The imposing Ashton Memorial folly dominates the Park and can be clearly seen from miles around. On the second floor in the Williamson Gallery, a series of exhibitions is held throughout the year, and many works of art are for sale.

The Edwardian Palm House now serves as a Tropical Butterfly House where exotic species flutter amongst lush foliage in the warm, humid atmosphere of a tropical forest. The safari continues through the mini-beast cave and free-flying bird enclosure, situated behind the Butterfly House, and into our small animal garden.

Originally the site of a 1907 bandstand, the Lancaster Sundial has now become is a fascinating and intriguing feature of the park.

The Park's original 38 acres has been supplemented by almost 16 acres of land, this area, known as Fenham Carr, provide less formal rustic walks.

Special events and theatrical performances are held throughout the year, all bookings can be made by contacting the Park Office.

The refurbished ornamental lake allows visitors to enjoy the water features of the park as they were intended. A footpath follows the Lake as it winds its way from the tranquil glade of the Waterfall, past the fountain and under the stone bridge.

Complementing the Ashton Memorial, the restored Temple Shelter stands on a small knoll about 100 yards away, allowing visitors glimpses of the superb stonework on the upper stories of the folly.

Cleaned and gilded, the Park Gates welcome everyone to share in this beautiful park. More than just an area of flowers, trees and shrubs the park is clean and pleasant oasis of tranquility which we hope that visitors will enjoy and respect.

All around the Park you will find amidst the lanscaped lawns spectacular flower beds, regularly maintained to reflect the changing seasons and providing a palette of nature's colours from which to draw inspiration and calm.
The Dell, a natural amphitheatre is the setting for many outdoor concerts during the year.

 It is possible to walk to the Park from Lancaster Rail Station (approx 30mins) or Lancaster Bus Station (approx 25 mins), and there are taxi ranks at both locations. The walk is uphill but gives you the opportunity to see some of Lancaster's fine buildings. From Dalton Square at the front of the Town Hall, you will pass Lancaster Cathedral and, on the hill, Lancaster Royal Grammar School.

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