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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 first 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.




Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Concession£3.40 per ticket
Adult Ticket£3.90 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 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
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


Tuesday, 3rd July 2018 - Saturday, 18th August 2018

The Three Musketeers, Dukes Walkabout Theatre3 Jul - 18 Aug - Take a swashbuckling adventure through beautiful Williamson Park this summer, as D’Artagnan teams up with the legendary Three Musketeers, Porthos, Athos and Aramis, in a death-defying quest to save the life of a loving Queen.
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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 (free)
  • 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

Venue Facilities

  • Green Lantern Environmental Policy Statement

Provider Preferences

  • Groups accepted
  • In countryside

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • Coaches Welcome
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

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

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities

Special Offers

  • Discounted entry to the Mini-beast centre and Butterfly House at Williamson Park, Lancaster – Buy one, get one half-price.

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