Sefton Park Travel Guide

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    Palmhouse, Sefton Park
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Sefton Park Things to Do

  • Charles Darwin

    Darwin (1809-82) This Shrewsbury man became a renowned plant collector and author of "On the Origin of Species" his theory of evolution through natural selection.He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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  • Blooms in the Palm House

    Admiring the botanical species is what most people will come for though so here's another pic - but don't ask me its name, the latin escapes me!

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  • Spiral Staircase

    Although it can't be climbed by the public a little spiral staircase in the Palm House adds to its architectural interest.

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  • Giovita's Goats

    This unusual sculpture is by Giovita Lombardi in marble. A second version is in a private collection in Italy. It seemed a strange inclusion really - not my favourite anyway.

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  • The Angel's Whisper

    My favourite marble sculpture of Benjamin Spence was this one though - "The Angel's Whisper" (1857) - which was transferred to the Palm House from the Walker Art Gallery.

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  • Highland Mary Marble

    This poignant marble sculpture is the work of Benjamin Spence - one of his best known work in fact. Mary, the favourite of Robert Burns, died in childbirth after their bethrothal in 1787.

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  • The Bench

    As well as the plants there are other pieces of art work inside the Palm House too.One of them is an ornate marble bench with the head of a lioness on each arm and an inlaid inscription commemorating the opening of the Palm House.

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  • Admiring the Plants

    Species from Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia are on view. You needn't worry about all those Latin plant names - there are handy guides around explaining the plant habitat and nature.

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  • Plant Showcase

    Liverpool's botanical collection was established nearly 200 years ago, becoming a famous centre for botanical study, 38 years before Kew Gardens came into existence. Its important dry plant collection from the early 19th century still survives in the Liverpool Museum today.The current Liverpool Botanical Collection is located at Greenhill Nursery,...

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  • Botanical Collection

    Liverpool's Botanical Collection was accquired from all over the world through its maritime trade. It is one of the largest municipal collections in the country, but it has not been open to the public since 1984. The Palm House now provides a home for some of the collection for them to be enjoyed again -its free of charge too!.

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  • Henry the Navigator

    Prince Henry the Navigator (1394-1460) was the son of King João of Portugalas, the so-named "Father of Atlantic exploration". He developed Portugal as a trading nation.

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  • John Parkinson

    Making up the quartet of botanist featured at the Palm house is John Parkinson (1567-1650) He was Apothecary to James I. In 1629 he published his book describing 1,000 plants to be grown in English Gardens.

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  • Christopher Columbus

    Columbus (1451-1506) was credited with the discovery of America and for establishing the concept that the World was round. Like the other explorers his discoveries extended the knowledge of botanists.I thinkk I read somewhere that this is the only statue of Colombus in England - if anyone knows different....

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  • Linnaeus

    Linnaeus (1707-78) was a swedish botanist and founder of the system of classifying plants by two latin names, first published in 1751.

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  • Mercator

    Mercator (1512-1594) was the son of a poor shoemaker in Antwerp but rose to the ranks of a renowned mathematician who invented the method of map-making using lines of latitude and longitude - hence the globe in his hand. He became known as the "Father of Cartography".

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  • Palm House Close up

    The Grade II listed Victorian Palm House was originally a gift to the city of Liverpool by Henry Yates Thompson. Its not a huge construction - certainly not compared to the mammoth greenhouses recently seen in the Eden Project in Cornwall. However it does have some beautiful botanical species and on plinths around the outside there are eight bronze...

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  • Captain Cook

    The famous explore from Yorkshire, Captain Cook (1728-79), the captain of the ship The Endeavour who charted the coasts of New Zealand and Australia.

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  • Andre Le Notre

    Andre Le Notre (1613-1700) was a french garden designer - the first person to call himself a landscape architect! He designed the gardens at Versailles for Loius XIV and St. James' park in London

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Sefton Park Restaurants

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    Baguette bite

    by sandysmith Updated May 31, 2003

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    If you don't have sandwhiches to take with you for a picnic in the Park then the Baguette Bite is ideally situated near the park entrance and does great baguette sandwhiches to take out. Alternatively you can eat in here too on the way back if you wish as therre were a few table and chairs inside and drinks are served too.

    There is a cafe in the Park but when you see signs inside saying "no rolling your own here" and "no skinnying" you get the impression its a bit rough!

    Favorite Dish: We enjoyed freh crusty ciabatta bread with pastrami and salad fillings and hot italian meatballs with salad. There was a good selection for vegetarians too. Cost was about £2 - £2.50 depending on choice of filling.

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Sefton Park Transportation

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    train leaving St Michael's

    by sandysmith Updated May 25, 2003

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    We reached Sefton by train from Liverpool Central station and got off at St Michael's (just 6 minutes ride on the Merseyrail network Northern line) Some of you may recall this as the area where the Liverpool Garden Festival site was situated just down the road. This site is sadly neglected now - wasn't even worth a picture! Never mind just a 10 minute walk up Southwood Road and then Lark Lane will bring you to the green expanse of Sefton Park.

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Sefton Park Off The Beaten Path

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    art work

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Just as we left St Michael's Station, on the left hand side, we saw this strange piece of artwork in a garden. Have no idea what its all about so if anybody knows..please let me know!
    My thanks to a vigilant VT'er for letting me know about this artwork:
    its found in the grounds of Southwood Hostel and is called Courage Within, and wascreated by local sculptor Tom Murphy. It was unvailed a few years ago by the actor who plays Will Manning in BBC drama Casualty.
    Much more info can be found following the link for the web site below.

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Sefton Park Favorites

  • Lark Lane

    After South Wood Road the busy main street of Aigbuth Road is crossed and onto Lark Lane. Lark Lane is a small and pleasant area of the city which is home to a sprinkling of top quality wine bars, restaurants, pubs and antique shops. Though on first glance the area may seem quite insular the area is actually very bohemian. It made for a pleasant...

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  • Peep into the Palm House

    One of my favourite views of the Palm House was this view from the outside looking in through the glass arches.

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  • Pearl of the Park

    The real jewel and attraction of Sefton Park though is the restored grade II listed victorian glass Palm House. The flowers and its artwork are expanded on in the must see tips section but it is also a beautiful location for functions such as small weddings and the stage has been used for concerts - Steve Harley has been here.For more details see...

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