Lister Park used to be the home of Samuel Lister and was left to the council I'm guess when he died. His home is used as an art gallery and the grounds as a park and garden. I'm only going to show you half the park today as I didn't get the chance to go to all the areas on this day.
You already know that I absolutely love old buildings and maybe you can understand why with all that beautiful detail carved into the building. I imagine those workers took such pride in making this house but also the mill further up the road which is also an impressive building with a huge chimney which can be seen for miles.
The door used to be the entrance to the cafe but now that they have built the boat house there is no longer any use for it which I think is a shame as the area outside it is like a huge balcony or terrace so I can imagine there being a couple of tables outside to enjoy a nice 'high tea'. The boat house could offer more of the burger etc... style food. Typical Bradfordian style though, they just abandon a good thing.
This is the boat house with an eating area inside and out, toilets and other bits and pieces. I think it does add some characters to the lake though.
I would have loved to have taken my niece around the lake but I was really wary of time as I had to get her back for when her parents turned up to get her. Still we managed to see some funny ducks with their bottom in the air and the white duck came over to see what was going ok. I've ended up ordering the photos like this as it looks like the white duck had something to say before swimming away.
The lake isn't the only watery area in the park, this fountain garden was built about 10 years ago to add a little something to the park. Along with using the stream in the Botanical Garden to create an oriental looking area which is beautiful. Plus many waterfalls. I only stayed in one quarter of the park but if I ever get the chance to go again soon I'll definitely visit that end so that I can share it with you.
I could have taken a million photos of just the benches as there's something about benches in general that I really like. The last one has been paid for by a family whose relationship has died and the carving is in memory of them. I also weirdly have a thing about litter bins, I love the style of the blue one above at the refreshment place but I also really like the litter bin outside the park too. I'll have to weird and take a photo of one so you can see what a litter bin in Bradford looks like.Of course we had to admire some of the pretty flowers. I just really wish it would stop raining and its being a pain in the backside with my project. I've ended up with 2 really soggy envelopes because of it but I'm just carrying on as if the weather is brilliant as people still need cheering up.
This is one of my favourite places to visit. I've done well to visit 2 of them within a couple of days.
What are some of your places to visit?