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Calderstones Park, Liverpool

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Calderstones Park is a public park in Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom. The 126acre park is mainly a family park. Within it there are a variety of different attractions including a playground, a botanical garden and places of historical interest. There is a lake in the park with geese and ducks, and the mansion house, which features a café and a children's play area.Notable FeaturesThe CalderstonesThe Calderstones are six neolithic sandstone boulders remaining from a dolmen.Little was known about the Calderstones until the 18th century when they are thought to have been disturbed. In 1825 it was reported that, "in digging about them, urns made of the coarsest clay, containing human dust and bones were found.During the mid and later 19th century certain academics had declared the Calderstones to have been part of a druidical circle. In the closing years of the century Professor Herdman returned to the earlier evidence and concluded that the stones were once part of a ruined dolmen which had been mistakenly taken for a circle due to the false impression held that all druidical remains should be so arranged.The six surviving stones are of local sandstone and their sizes range from approximately eight by three feet to three and a half by two and a half feet. The markings which had been studied the previous century by Simpson were again analysed and latex moulds were made of the stones and carvings, which both enabled a precise record to be made and also highlight other worn carvings which were not previously visible. The carvings were placed into six categories; spirals, concentric circles, arcs, cup marks, cup and ring marks and footprints. There is also evidence of post-medieval and modern graffiti. Several of the carvings are similar to examples found in Anglesey and the late-neolithic burial site of Newgrange in the Boyne Valley.
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  • Very beautiful park, a bit far away if you depend on public transport (I took bus 75 from Liverpool city centre). Nice trees, excellent for a relaxing stroll.  more »
  • Nice space just to escape the roads and get back in touch with nature. Kids can see the ducks burn some energy in the swing park. Maybe one too many kids kicking balls on the grass I think a football ...  more »
  • We are spoilt as there standard of parks here is so high, so Sefton Park is my favourite, however Calderstones is beautiful with wonderful trees, a cafe, bike hire, the stones, kids play area and the ...  more »
  • Beautiful old park that was once a stately home. Large variety of trees including redwoods and a 1000- year old oak tree. Good play equipment for children and a lake. Reasonably priced cafe serving good coffee add hot and cold food. Reading groups for adults and children in the mansion house. Popular with dog walkers.
  • Love this park! Has lots to do for kids and adults... The readers barn is amazing for kids and has to be booked before hand. The ice cream parlour l, whilst always busy has a great selection of ice cream and the staff are good.
  • A lovely park with lake and themed gardens. Ice cream shop and kids play area, bowling greens and miniature railway (Sunday only) run by enthusiasts who don't charge for rides but accept contributions in the bucket towards running costs. Free parking at several locations.
  • Great park with small but good children's play area. Cafe also available. Very child friendly with wide footpaths used by families to teach young children to ride bikes etc. Japanese gardens interesting.
  • Beautiful park with an ancient stone circle, many specimen trees, formal gardens, a small lake and more open grassy areas for dogs. There is also a lovely children's play park and the beautiful Georgian mansion house is currently being renovated for the Reader's Organisation.

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