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There are numerous places of historical significance to visit in Ulverston. It’s the birthplace of Stan Laurel, and of the Quaker movement. The Parish church was founded in 1111 AD, and has a Tudor tower. Ulverston is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and is now home to one of Europe’s largest Buddhist communities.



Birkrigg Common

Bracken-covered and sheep-grazed limestone upland to the south of Ulverston. Remains of ancient settlements, tumuli and a double stone circle known as the Druid’s Temple testify to the occupation of Neolithic and Bronze Age peoples in this area.

Conishead Priory

Home to one of the largest Buddhist communities in Europe. The Buddhist temple and historic mansion are set in 70 acres of woodlands and parkland next to Morecambe Bay. Cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Guided tours are available.

The Coronation Hall

The Coronation Hall is one of the principal buildings in Ulverston, and has the largest capacity of any hall in the south Cumbria area. The hall and function rooms host a variety of events, including music, theatre, festivals, blood donation sessions, and coffee mornings.

Cumbria Way

The Cumbria Way long-distance walk starts in The Gill at the Cumbria Way marker sculpture. This 70 mile / 112 km walk is relatively low level, runs through the central lakes, and finishes at Carlisle.

Ford Park

Outdoor venue for theatre, music and carnival events. A community garden, cafe/bistro, and good base for access to Hoad Hill.

Lakes Glass Centre

Visit the Cumbria Crystal factory, and watch craftsmen producing finely cut pieces of crystal glassware.

Laurel & Hardy Museum

A treasure trove of memorabilia, including letters, photographs, personal items, and furniture. Classic Laurel & Hardy films are shown all day in the cinema.

Roxy Cinema

Traditional cinema with Dolby Surround Sound. Pie, peas and pictures deal every Monday. Film Club on the second Thursday of every month.

Sir John Barrow Monument

This prominent memorial on Hoad Hill was built in 1850 in honour of Sir John Barrow, a naval explorer and Second Secretary to the Admiralty. It is a replica of an early version of the Eddystone Lighthouse. It is open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1pm to 5pm, from Easter to the end of October, when the flag on the hill is flying.

St Mary’s Church

Parish church with the unforgettable date of 1111 AD as its foundation. The main church building is Victorian, with a Tudor tower at the west end, and a Norman arch over the inner door.

Swarthmoor Hall

George Fox founded the Quaker movement here, and used this Elizabethan manor house as its base from 1652 to 1664. Meetings were held in the Great Hall, and Fox would sometimes preach from a balcony.

Ulverston Brewing Company

An award-winning micro-brewery, situated in the Old Auction Mart, close to the town centre. Visitors are welcome to watch the brewing process and taste the beer. There is a bar and off-sales, which are open to pre-booked parties only.

Ulverston Canal

Ulverston canal is the shortest and deepest canal in the country and was constructed in 1796. The canal is around 1.25 miles in length and on average 20 metres wide. There is an easy and accessible walk down the towpath from Canal Head (near Booths) to Canal Foot (by the Bay Horse). This freshwater canal is a haven for wildlife.