Williamson Park
Williamson Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Williamson Park is a beautiful parkland not far from central Lancaster. Most famously know for being home to the stunning Grade 1 listed Ashton Memorial. Often referred to at the Taj Mahal of the North. Commissioned by Lancaster industrialist Lord Ashton as a tribute to his late wife Jessy, in 1909. As well as this must visit landmark the park is also home to the beautiful Butterfly House and a Mini Zoo (you can visit both for a small entry fee) Seasonally there a numerous event, from festivals to theatre.
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  • susanp1332015
    Greater London, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected treasure.
    Wonderful park. Stunning views, beautifully and thoughtfully planted with a huge variety of mature trees, children's playgrounds, fountains and to top it all a cafe that sells reasonably priced food and has friendly staff. Oh and loos. Thoroughly recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • RazzyBthefirst
    Macclesfield, United Kingdom1,407 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb views
    Brief visit but something for everyone. We used the café, which wasn't brilliant by any means but that's another review. We climbed the Ashton memorial building, you'll always see it from the M6 and there's a viewing point just before the top (which is inaccessible). Blackpool Tower to the left and Morecambe Bay opposite. It's an impressive grade 1 listed building.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Rowan M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once in a life time
    The great historic buildings are a sight to behold, don’t even get me started on the butterfly house absolutely incredible experience so grateful to have seen this in my life time. I am captivated by the wine and beer selection in the cafe, made the drive home a true experience. Will be bringing the kids next time !
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 January 2024
  • manxseasider
    Ramsey, United Kingdom369 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully landscaped park. Facilities perhaps a bit dated but functional.
    This parkland reminded me quite a lot of Birkenhead Park on The Wirral and Hesketh Park in Southport and I found myself wondering if it might be the same landscape designer. Very mature trees laid out around cliff and lake features with plenty of tarmac paths to explore. In keeping with its hilltop location some of the paths are quite hilly so that might be an issue for those with mobility concerns. The Ashton Memorial sits prominently and impressively on the peak of the hill. There was a private wedding ceremony on the day we visited so it wasn’t possible to see inside. Still, an impressive exterior and quite photogenic. Apparently built as a tribute to one of the wives of the Lord of the estate (although I think references to ‘Lancashire’s Taj Mahal’ may be a slight exaggeration!). I felt some of the reviewers below were quite harsh about the cafe facilities. The young people running it were friendly and helpful. Menu limited but main clientele seems to be parents and young children (understandable in light of the adjoining butterfly house and creature cave) so that is perfectly reasonable. We did pop in the butterfly house and other small animal feature (£5 entry adults). Interesting but not exceptional (except possibly for the under-10’s 😀). I imagine this park would be a great place to spend a few hours (£4 all day parking) to let young children or grandchildren burn off some energy in the holidays or weekends. Worth a visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2024
  • Beverley O
    Conwy County, United Kingdom33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Williamston Park Lancaster
    What a great place!! And very reasonable for families. Great Butterfly house and the girl working was so knowledgable about the plants and Butterflies on our visit on Thursday 18th April 2024. Would highly recommend. Great grounds and play areas.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
  • Bren
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fantastic
    Absolutely fantastic had a great time. Lots of wide open space for kids to enjoy with a wonderful view into and across the bay looking into the mountains in the lake district. The butterfly house is great but also has tortoises and terrapins then into another area with monkeys we didnt see but the meerkats were out loving life patrolling and looking out for threats while others relaxed and did some grooming. My daughters absolutely loved it and were so excited when they saw them it was truly a wonderful experience one to remember ☺ The staff were fantastic and one took a few photos for me so a big thank you for that 👍🏼
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 April 2024
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Paul Q
Isle of Man447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A beautiful park, quite large, with great views over the Morecambe estuary & the Lake District. The butterfly house, cafe & small animal enclosures certainly need sprucing up but were interesting.
Written 3 May 2024
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Bren
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Absolutely fantastic had a great time.
Lots of wide open space for kids to enjoy with a wonderful view into and across the bay looking into the mountains in the lake district.
The butterfly house is great but also has tortoises and terrapins then into another area with monkeys we didnt see but the meerkats were out loving life patrolling and looking out for threats while others relaxed and did some grooming.
My daughters absolutely loved it and were so excited when they saw them it was truly a wonderful experience one to remember ☺
The staff were fantastic and one took a few photos for me so a big thank you for that 👍🏼
Written 21 April 2024
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Beverley O
Conwy County, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What a great place!! And very reasonable for families. Great Butterfly house and the girl working was so knowledgable about the plants and Butterflies on our visit on Thursday 18th April 2024. Would highly recommend. Great grounds and play areas.
Written 21 April 2024
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Guy B
Hest Bank, UK6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Car park ticket machine not working so have to buy an all day ticket.

Young girl in cafe won't let my wife use the toilet because they're not open till 10:00 but there are no nearby toilets.

I've been to much better places!
Written 18 April 2024
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manxseasider
Ramsey, UK369 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This parkland reminded me quite a lot of Birkenhead Park on The Wirral and Hesketh Park in Southport and I found myself wondering if it might be the same landscape designer.
Very mature trees laid out around cliff and lake features with plenty of tarmac paths to explore. In keeping with its hilltop location some of the paths are quite hilly so that might be an issue for those with mobility concerns.
The Ashton Memorial sits prominently and impressively on the peak of the hill. There was a private wedding ceremony on the day we visited so it wasn’t possible to see inside. Still, an impressive exterior and quite photogenic. Apparently built as a tribute to one of the wives of the Lord of the estate (although I think references to ‘Lancashire’s Taj Mahal’ may be a slight exaggeration!).
I felt some of the reviewers below were quite harsh about the cafe facilities. The young people running it were friendly and helpful. Menu limited but main clientele seems to be parents and young children (understandable in light of the adjoining butterfly house and creature cave) so that is perfectly reasonable.
We did pop in the butterfly house and other small animal feature (£5 entry adults). Interesting but not exceptional (except possibly for the under-10’s 😀).
I imagine this park would be a great place to spend a few hours (£4 all day parking) to let young children or grandchildren burn off some energy in the holidays or weekends. Worth a visit.
Written 10 April 2024
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Rowan M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The great historic buildings are a sight to behold, don’t even get me started on the butterfly house absolutely incredible experience so grateful to have seen this in my life time. I am captivated by the wine and beer selection in the cafe, made the drive home a true experience. Will be bringing the kids next time !
Written 14 January 2024
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LancashireRamble
lancashire91 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This park could be fabulous but sadly looks very run down and uncared for. No colour in the flower beds, weeds growing everywhere, untidy and scruffy cafe and toilets and just a general feeling of what was once a lovely place, now neglected and shabby. The ice cream van at the cafe,was boarded up with scruffy old painted chipboard and weeds were growing under and around it. The whole visit left you feeling quite depressed. Clearly this place was once amazing but now is a shabby and scruffy shadow of its former self.
Written 29 August 2023
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Neil H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We went to the cafe for food before we went to the play in the park. The burb on the ticket advertised a barbecue. There was no barbecue. There was a choice of 5 things, burgers, kofta etc. This was all prepared in the kitchen. The vegan burger was inedible. There was no other savoury food available. There was someone serving food with long hair hanging loose. A very disappointing experience.
Written 26 August 2023
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onedego
Wigan, UK85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We recently took in Williamson Park while in the local area. The park itself is beautiful, well laid out and the grounds immaculately kept. Accessible parking is extremely limited, so if you're in need of said parking it's best to get there early, but also check the website for closures. Certain parts of the park (namely the Ashton Memorial) can close for weddings, which can also impact on car parking. If you're not in need of accessible parking, there's dedicated Pay & Display parking, or on-street parking nearby - but be aware, from here you're walking up hill to get to the main events - The Ashton Memorial and The Butterfly House & Mini Zoo.

The latter of these (Butterfly House & Mini Zoo) are brilliant for kids as they can get up close and personal with the animals and insects on offer - spend some time with the Merekats, they're so cute! In the butterfly house, you're going to get hot and humid (glasses wearers beware!), if you're squeamish or not food with insects, you might want to give this bit - and the bug house, a miss. You might get landed on by the butterflies, and although the bugs in the bug house are in tanks, you're still very close to them!

The adventure playgrounds on site are great for kids, and there's a huge amount of space for them to run around and just be kids - I'll definitely recommend this to any families!
Written 20 August 2023
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Kirsten
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Lovely park lots to see however the toilets completely unacceptable. Had to change my 3 month old baby and the changing facilities were filthy and not in separate room making it more hard work with him screaming at the hand dryers going off etc. sort it out
Written 20 August 2023
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