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Brief description of site

Sefton Park is a public park first opened in 1872. The Palm House was opened in the 1890s, and there has been further 20th-century development. A restoration programme was commenced in the early-21st century. The site covers 108 hectares, and features a statue of Peter Pan, grottoes and a boating lake.

Brief history of site

Sefton Park occupies part of a medieval deer park which surrounded the village of Toxteth. The land was purchased in 1864, and in 1866 a brief was issued for a public competition for the design of the park. The winners were Edouard Andre and Louis Hornblower. The park was opened by Prince Arthur in 1872, though it had not been completed by that time.

Location information:

Address: Sefton Park, Toxteth, Liverpool, Merseyside., L17 1AP

Locality: Liverpool

Local Authorities:

Merseyside; Liverpool

Historical County: Lancashire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 109 Grid Ref: SJ377877
Latitude: 53.3825 Longitude: -2.93807


South-east of Liverpool city centre.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The park is open daily for general public use. Please see:
Sefton Park Palm House is managed by Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust and is open to the public 10.30 - 16.00 with extended hours over the summer.

Visitor information:

WCs, refreshments & children's play area.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1864 to 1872

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 108

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