About the Park

Welcome to Williamson Park in Lancaster - home to the iconic Ashton Memorial and 54 acres of beautiful parkland with enchanting woodland walks, play areas and breathtaking views to the Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland fells. Park attractions include a cafe and shop, Butterfly House (formerly a tropical palm house), and resident meerkats, marmosets, minibeasts and birds.

Opening hours

We are open all year round except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

  • April to September: 10am to 5pm
  • October to March: 10am to 4pm

Visitor guide

Admission

Entry to Williamson Park grounds and the Ashton Memorial is free.

Entry to the Butterfly House, meerkats, marmosets, minibeasts and small animal zoo (available for purchase at the gift shop):

  • Adult £4
  • Child £3 (under-3s free)
  • Family (2+2) £13
  • Concessions/students £3.50

Annual family pass - Wild Card

  • £50 for up to 2 adults and 2 children unlimited entry for a whole year
  • Jungle Party £36
  • Available for purchase at the gift shop

Accessibility

The Pavilion Cafe, gift shop and Butterfly House are all accessible with smooth solid floor surfaces. Entrance to the minibeast cave is via a ramp. The Butterfly House and gardens have narrow paths but they are accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. Access to the ground floor of the Ashton Memorial is via stairs or a lift. Access to higher floors is via stairs only.

There are disabled toilet facilities at the cafe (open all year round) and at Wyresdale Road car park (open April to September).

Please see our access statement (PDF, 659KB) for full details.

Your visit

Williamson Park is only a few minutes drive from either junction 33 or 34 of the M6 and is well signposted.

Park address

Quernmore Road
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 1UX

Road directions

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

Car parking

There are two pay and display car parks in Williamson Park - at the Quernmore Road entrance (15 spaces, including disabled parking) and at the Wyresdale Road entrance (100 spaces). Please note that from the Wyresdale Road car park there is quite an uphill walk to the park facilities.

Parking charges
Up to 1 hour £1
Full day £2
Evening after 5.30pm £1

Bus route

The number 18 Stagecoach bus leaves Lancaster bus station, calls at Common Garden Street, then stops at the park entrance on Wyresdale Road.

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