Toxteth at the end of Princess Avenue

Princes Park is in the Toxteth district of Liverpool and is the work of Joseph Paxton and James Pennethorne. It opened in 1842 to the public. Originally, the park was paid for by the sale and development of land around the periphery for large Georgian villas owned by wealthy citizens of Liverpool and was always intended as a public park. In its early incarnation the park had a boating lake, a boating house, a small roman-inspired building near to the 'sunburst' gates and a over-sized chess board. All of these features have now disappeared as the centuries have passed, the only original features remaining are the 'sunburst' park gates (although this may not be completely true - there are rumors these are 60's reproductions) the obelisque, the lake itself and remnants of the original planting schemes.

You can find the park by traveling to the end of Princes Avenue (Toxteth) crossing the round-a-bout and going through the gates at the end.

An interesting and little know fact about the area around the park is that the round-a-bout on Princess Avenue used to house a underground toilet and shopping area know by the local police as the 'fairy glen' which was filled in with concrete in the 1970's.


What can you do in the park?