Williamson Park & Tropical Butterfly House

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Williamson Park & Tropical Butterfly House information

Tropical Butterfly House adult/child £3.60/2.60
Opening hours
10am-5pm Apr-Sep, to 4pm Oct-Mar
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Lonely Planet review

Lancaster's highest point is the 22-hectare spread of this elegant park, from which there are great views of the town, Morecambe Bay and the Cumbrian fells to the north. In the middle is the Ashton Memorial , a 67m-high baroque folly built by Lord Ashton (the son of the park's founder, James Williamson) for his wife.

More beautiful, however, is the Edwardian Palm House, now the Tropical Butterfly House , full of exotic and stunning species. Take bus 25 or 25A from the station, or else it's a steep, short walk up Moor Lane.