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Lancaster Williamson Park & Ashton Memorial

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

The park was constructed by James Williamson in 1880 and within its features includes the Tropical Butterfly House, Mini-Beast Centre, Foreign Bird House and Conservation Garden.

The main feature of the Park is the Ashton Memorial, a famous Edwardian folly on the skyline overlooking Lancaster, which was a built between 1907 and 1909 as a gift to the City from Baron Ashton in memory of his second wife Jessy. Designed by the architect John Belcher, the building offers spectacular views of the surrounding area including Morecambe Bay.

Today, the memorial serves as an exhibition space on the upper floor and an occasional venue for concerts and weddings.

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