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This festival capital of Furness combines special events with an assortment of specialist shops, cosy pubs, traditional markets and cultural hotspots.

Add in the colourfully rendered houses, cobbled streets and inviting side alleys and there's enough of interest to keep you enthralled for days. Surrounding the town is the gently rolling farmland of the Furness Peninsula while the coastline provides beautiful vistas over Morecambe Bay.

Surrounding the town is the gently rolling farmland of the Furness Peninsula. Along the seashore are some lovely coastal villages; Bardsea, Baycliff, Aldingham and Newbiggin, these all have stunning views over Morecambe Bay.

When you approach Ulverston, a prominent memorial on the top of Hoad Hill states your pending arrival. The Sir John Barrow Monument which was modelled on an earlier version of the Eddystone Lighthouse and built in 1850 in honour of John Barrow. The uphill climb to the monument will reward you with a breath-taking view over Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells
Morecambe Bay

Arnside & Milnthorpe

From being a quiet fishing village, Arnside began to develop as a resort in the 19th century, with pleasure boats sailing from Morecambe and Fleetwood.
Barrow in Furness
Barrow in Furness

Barrow, Askam & Dalton in Furness

This Victorian town has a proud heritage of production and innovation founded on the ready availability of local coal and iron ore supplies.


Cartmel is a picturesque village in the southern Lake District and is an excellent base for exploring its quaint shops, historic Priory and Holker Hall and Gardens.
Grange Over Sands
Grange Over Sands

Grange over Sands

Grange-over-Sands has long enjoyed the balmy influence of the Gulf Stream, and became a fashionable seaside resort once the railway arrived in the 1850s.


This festival capital of Furness combines special events with an assortment of specialist shops, cosy pubs, traditional markets and cultural hotspots.

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Things to do

Adventure & Outdoor Activities

And so the adventure begins. Add some thrills to your holiday by fully experiencing everything Cumbria has to offer. Walk, run, climb, swim, get muddy, have fun!

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What's on

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There are a variety of events taking place in Ulverston and the surrounding areas over the year. Why dont you check out the calendar and see what's on while you're here?

For events happening around the county, click below for our What's On page.



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Our friends at have Ulverston’s biggest Events Calendar which includes festivals, live music, community events, classes, club meetings, sports matches, pub quizzes, open days, etc.

Stan & Ollie

Stan Laurel’s birthplace, Ulverston:
Another fine town you’ve got to go to!

Another Fine Fest (Graham Wynne)
Ulverston artwork, Another Fine Fest' (photo credit, Graham Wynne)

Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston on 16 June 1890. 129 years on, the legend of Stan and Ollie lives on through actor and comic Steve Coogan, who takes on the role of the iconic funny man in the film Stan and Ollie.

Read more on the golakes blog


Food & Drink

Ulverston’s cafés, bars and restaurants reflect this truly unique, festival market town and wherever possible the menus use both local and seasonal produce.
Enter a different world of quirky cafés with certificates of excellence, selling homemade concoctions of oils, spices and pickles and all manner of other curiosities.

It’s an ideal time to browse while you’re waiting for your fabulous meal to arrive. Delicious Chowder, proper puddings with custard and all served up with a glass of cloudy lemonade. Or how about a visit to one of the cafes for breakfast? The full English is amazing with quality local bacon and sausages and then in the evening these excellent little cafes turn into Bistros, again offering the same superb standard of food. Sometimes you need to take your own alcohol with you, but this makes your meal excellent value for money.

Shed 1 Distillery

Menus cater for Vegetarian and Gluten Free diets and many of the cafes/bistros are suitable for wheelchairs. But it’s not just the cafes which get all the glory here, there’s some pretty amazing pubs both in the town itself and in the surrounding villages of Lowick Green and Swarthmoor, where you’ll be offered deliciously inventive menus which go way beyond normal pub fayre. The service is spot on, while chefs are incredibly talented - and your superb food and cask ales are served amongst beautiful décor.

For a little unusual, how about an old converted barn turned bar and restaurant, the Cumberland pie is gorgeous and so is the local beer. Or if a traditional old English pub is your thing, complete with cosy fire, oak beams and Stan and Laurel memorabilia, then you’ve come to the ideal place for excellent food and ales kept in perfect condition.

For something a little bit continental, try one of the bistros offering beautiful Mediterranean tapas on small sharing plates, so you can try a selection of vegetarian, seafood and meat dishes, with explosions of different flavours and textures. Some of the bistros in Ulverston are tiny, but the atmosphere more than makes up for size, as does the quality of the food. And lastly but by no means least, Ulverston does fine dining impeccably. Cocktails in the gin parlour first and then off to the restaurant for a real taste sensation where you will be offered pure artistry - delicious food at its most creative.

For more information on what Cumbria has to offer see Food and Drink

Surrounding Areas

Bardsea Beach, Ulverston
Gleaston Watermill, Ulverston
Haverthwaite Train, Ulverston
High Dam, Ulverston
Greenodd Estuary

Culture and Heritage

Market Cross, Ulverston
Laurel and Hardy Statue, Ulverston
Hoad Hill, Ulverston

Early settlers occupied the limestone outcrops of Birkrigg Common and around Urswick and many finds have been unearthed dating back to Bronze and Iron Age times. Originally, much of the Furness Peninsula was covered with trees which were gradually felled over the centuries to create the patchwork of fields, farms and pockets of woodland that exists today.

After the Norman Conquest, Henry I granted the western forests of Furness and the whole of Walney Island to Stephen of Blois, crowned king of England in 113, and the eastern section to William le Fleming. William's son, Michael, inherited the land in 1167 which was thereafter known as the Manor of Muchland (or Michael's land).

By the 19th century, Ulverston was a thriving commercial port, exporting cotton from Ellers Mill, slate from Burlington Quarries, iron from its foundries, limestone from Stainton and leather from its numerous tanneries (there is still a Leather Lane in Ulverston). Other industries included brick making, paper manufacture and brewing beer. The malty aroma from Hartley's Brewery emanated over the town for one hundred years, but ended in 1991 after the brewery was taken over by Robinsons. Although production moved to Stockport, many local pubs still retain the Hartley's name.

Ulverston was granted a market charter in 1280 by Edward I. Shortly afterwards, the Scots began raiding large parts of northern England in response to the king's attempts to quell Scotland and bring it under English rule. Large areas of Furness were devastated by the attacks, which prompted the building of several fortified buildings as defence.

It was after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537 that Ulverston came to prominence as a market town, whilst Dalton declined in importance. The fast-flowing Gillbanks Beck (now culverted under the town) provided water power for mills making cotton, paper, candles and other commodities. Goods including local iron ore and slates were taken by packhorse to loading bays at Ulverston, Bardsea and Baycliffe - a slow and laborious means of conveyance that was soon to be replaced by water transport.

Bardsea Church, Ulverston

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