Williamson Park - Ashton Memorial
The Ashton Memorial was commissioned by Lord Ashton as a tribute to his late wife. Born in Lancaster, Lord Ashton became a millionaire producing oil cloth and linoleum, which was exported from the port all over the world. It gives a reminder of the importance of Lancaster as a thriving commercial centre, not only in times past, but now in the 21st Century.
The stonework reflects the colour of the sun, and can be seen in hues from pale yellow through pure white to deep orange, depending on the time of day - an image of inspiration and contemplation for any observer.
The first floor outdoor viewing gallery provides superb views of the surrounding countryside and across Morecambe Bay. Views of Lancaster Castle and the Priory Church on one side and the River Lune on the other offer a simply breathtaking sightseeing experience.
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. The Ashton Memorial can also be booked as a stunning wedding ceremony venue - contact the park for more information.
Morecambe, Lancaster and the Lune Valley is located in Lancashire, in the Northwest of England. 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.
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)