Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Quermore Road, Lancaster, Lancashire LA11UX

Contact: 01524 33318



Williamson Park offers everything you would need for an amazing school trip. There are acres of parkland to explore by woodland walkways, lawns for games and  picnics and a play area.

The Ashton Memorial, the Butterfly House, mini beast cave and zoo is an ideal venue for pupils of all ages and offers a variety of activities linked to the National Curriculum. Trained staff are on hand to answer questions and provide an exciting and stimulating experience.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Williamson Park in Lancaster - 54 acres of beautiful parkland with enchanting woodland walks and play areas and breathtaking views to the Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. The park features the imposing Ashton Memorial, Edwardian Butterfly House, and the Pavilion Café and gift shop. Entry to the park grounds and historic Grade I listed Ashton Memorial is free.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Option 1

Choose a guided tour of the Butterfly House or the mini beast cave, followed by a visit to the aviary and zoo. A half tour costs only £3.60 per person and takes 30 minutes.

Option 2

Guided tour of the Butterfly House to see butterflies, terrapins and koi carp. Learn about the lifecycle from pupae to butterfly. Then, off to the mini beast cave where you will meet and handle tarantulas, lizards and snakes. Next door is Sparky the Amazonian parrot with his fellow free flying foreign birds. Continue your safari out into the zoo to stroke the rabbits and guinea pigs. A full tour costs only £4.40 per person and lasts one hour.

Option 3

Visit the Butterfly House, Mini Beast Cave and Habitat Trail with a guide who will explain all about life cycles, animal behaviour and habitats plus the chance to handle some of the animals.  This tour costs £5.50 and lasts one hour 45 minutes.

Trips with children aged 5 and under include 1 free adult pass to every 4 children.

Trips with children aged 6 or over include 1 free adult to every 6 children

Additional adults priced as above.

New: Forest School - Take part in den building, fire lighting, using tools, learning knots, storytelling, bug hunting, tracking animals, wildlife watching, woodland art and much more. Sessions can be themed to the natural curriculum, EYFSF and individual objectives.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

Visit England Accredited. Marketing Lancashire accredited: Taste Lancashire.

What size groups do they cater for?

All groups can be accommodated.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Teachers packs available.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Millions of beautiful photo/filming opportunities!

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Contact the park directly for booking information.

What does it cost?

See above.


Is specific clothing required?

Outdoor clothing.


Do you have first aid on site?



What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Picnic areas in the park. Café, gift shop, toilets, parking, disabled facilities.

Are there disabled facilities?

Disabled access available.


What are your opening days and hours?

Williamson Park and all its amenities are open all year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

• October to March: 10am to 4pm

• April to September: 10am to 5pm

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Our friendly and capable team are willing to provide you with a tailored trip whatever your requirements so give us a call for a chat and come and visit us soon.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Arts & Galleries Butterfly Farms Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas Team Building Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism PE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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