The historic market town of Ulverston is known for holding a variety of exciting festivals throughout the year as well as a lively arts scene. It also provides a captivating shopping experience amongst the town’s cobbled streets, yards and ginnels with outdoor markets on certain days. Events are also held at the Coronation Hall and at Ford Park.
Ulverston is the birthplace of Stan Laurel so look out for the spectacular statue of Stan and Olly outside the Coronation Hall. To learn more about the life and times of these two, visit the much loved Laurel & Hardy Museum. The Museum has grown over the years and is now situated in main auditorium of the Roxy Cinema complex.
Built in a historic graving dock, the Dock Museum is home to a wealth of objects and information on the social and industrial history of the Furness area. You can also visit the prominent memorial on the top of Hoad Hill which overlooks the town of Ulverston. It is owned by Ulverston Town Council and run by volunteer Lighthouse keepers. Opening mainly on Sundays from Easter to October from 1:00pm to 5:00pm (a flag flies on Hoad Hill when it is open).
Not to be missed is the opportunity to climb aboard the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway (near Ulverston) and travel back in time on a delightful steam train. There are also adventure play areas, station café and much more. A unique day out for all.
Swarthmore Hall is a 16th century country house set in beautiful gardens and grounds in 130 acres of farmland. Six historic rooms for you to view with a fine selection of 17th Century furniture.
Buses run from stops in Victoria Road (10-15 walk from Station) to various locations including Haverthwaite and for Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway (for links at Lakeside to Aquarium of the Lakes; Fell Foot Country Park and Windermere Lakes Cruises) and the Lakeland Motor Museum. For bus timetables click here.