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Williamson Park, Lancaster

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Built in the early 1900s by resident millionaire James Williamson, Williamson Park provides a touch of nature in the middle of the city. In addition to a lake and waterfall, you’ll also find a cafe, sundial, cycle path, public toilets, and many walking trails. Enjoy the view across Morecambe Bay from Ashton Memorial--made in honor of Williamson’s wife--the highest point in Lancaster. The park is free, but pay a bit extra to visit the butterfly house, reptile house, and aviary. Williamson Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Lancaster Edition.
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  • The buildings are fab, and the cafe is a must do if you are visiting! Following rain the paths are a bit muddy, so if you have dogs, take a towel and wear boots! There are some P&D parking spaces but ...  more »
  • Quality place to spend family time and highly recommend the butterfly house. The price is well worth for the experience and don't forget to visit other animals after coming out from the house.  more »
  • Had a wonderful day out at Williamson Park in its beautiful well kept grounds. So much to see and do. Excellent cafe. Lovely food, teas and coffee all with excellent service. Enjoyed visiting the Butt...  more »
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  • A great park for kids and adults with lots of areas to explore, two kids play grounds, historic buildings to admire and a butterfly house which actually is not just that but has a garden area, birds and small animals/insects area and the actual butterfly house with butterflies, fish, turtles etc. It also has a coffee shop. Would highly recommend. We enjoyed it on more than one occasion. Popular with dog walkers.
  • Amazing place! Lovely view, great history behind it too! Waterfall, fountain, woodland, everyone can find something there. Recommended anytime of the day and the Lancaster Castle looks great from the Ashton Memorial! I read somewhere that Lord Ashton commissioned the memorial to honour his late but before building work was finished he had remarried! Awkward 😂
  • An absolutely fantastic park. Lots of walks, lots to see. A great place to relax. Go see the Ashton memorial - its amazing. Also have butterfly garden, cafe and shop.
  • Huge park high on the hill above Lancaster. Playgrounds for small children and larger children in separate locations. Butterfly house. Used by the Dukes (local theatre) for walkabout performances each summer. Free entry but pay parking, you can avoid that by parking nearby and walking in.
  • Visited Butterfly House on a wet, very windy morning in October. Butterfly House looks like it used to be an old palm house. As well as butterflies, it has a few lizards, tortoises, koi and a quail. Warm and steamy. In separate small buildings, birds, meerkats, and some sort of rabbit. Attached cafe very good and fast. Car parking is pay and display.

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