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Williamson Park - Ashton Memorial and Butterfly House

Type:Municipal Park

Quernmore Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1UX

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Tel: 01524 333 18

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Williamson Park - Ashton Memorial and Butterfly House

Williamson Park comprises 54 acres of beautiful parkland with enchanting walks and play areas and breathtaking views to the Fylde Coast and the Lake District.

The newly renovated 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 Lancaster's leading tourist attraction. Enjoy the pleasant surroundings of the Pavilion Cafe or browse around our Gift Shop packed with all kinds of exciting gift ideas.

Williamson Park includes the Ashton Memorial (a famous Edwardian folly on the skyline overlooking Lancaster, also newly renovated) which was a gift to the City from Lord Ashton, set within the parkland created by his father, James Williamson. The "structure", as it became known locally, was a memorial to Lord Ashton’s second wife. The park was created out of the quarries from which came the stone for most of Lancaster’s buildings. Inside the recently restored Memorial is the Williamson Gallery, with breathtaking views to the Fylde Coast and the Lake District.

The Park is the venue for many exciting events and festivals throughout the year including concerts, art exhibitions, guided walks and the ever popular Dukes Theatre outdoor performance.



Book Tickets


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Ticket£3.90 per ticket
Concession£3.40 per ticket
2 ad & 2 children£12.50 per ticket
3-16 yrs£2.90 per ticket
Entrance into the Memorial Gallery£0.50 per ticket

Admission to the Butterfly House as above. Children under 3 are free
Admission to the Memorial is 50p via the donation box.

Opening Times

Open until dusk (2 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* Closed on Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year`s day.
The Memorial, Café and Butterfly House are open 10am - 5pm April - October, and 10am - 4pm Nov - March

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Friday, 19th July 2024 - Sunday, 25th August 2024

The Dukes Play in the Park: Alice in WonderlandMarvellous madness awaits as you step into the world of Alice in Wonderland. An immersive theatrical experience that will transport you to a wonderland like no other.
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  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction


  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • National AwardsGreen Flag Award Green Flag Award 2009


Road Directions

To reach Williamson Park by car, leave the M6 at jct 33 or 34 and follow the signs for Lancaster City Centre. Once in the city follow signs for 'Ashton Memorial' or 'Butterfly House'.

Public Transport Directions

There are three buses that can be boarded at Lancaster bus station or Common Garden Street. The bus number 8C leaves at 27 minutes past every hour and takes 5 minutes to arrive at Williamson Park and bus number 8A leaves at 3 minutes before every hour and takes around 20 minutes to arrive at Williamson Park, available Monday to Saturday. No buses on Sundays.Bus 18 runs every 2 hours from 09.10 from the bus station and Common Garden Street, Monday to Saturday.Taxis are available Monday to Sunday. (01524 32090 01524 848848)



  • Encourage Use of Public Transport
  • Energy Saving Measures - Heating
  • Energy Saving Measures - Lighting
  • Event Venue
  • Family Fun
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Open All Year
  • Outdoor
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Protect & Encourage Local Flora & Fauna
  • Recycling Policy - Garden Waste
  • Recycling Policy - Glass
  • Toilets
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Use and Promote Local Produce

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • Coaches Welcome
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Groups accepted
  • In countryside

Venue Facilities

  • Green Lantern Environmental Policy Statement



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