In the spotlight: Ulverston In the spotlight: Ulverston

In the spotlight: Ulverston

The historic market town of Ulverston is just a 45 minute drive from our Caravan Park near The Lake District. Situated in the South Lakeland area of Cumbria, Ulverston is the birthplace of some legendary household names and world famous landmarks. There are some fascinating attractions around the town, providing a variety of different ways to discover the town’s rich heritage.

Sir John Barrow Monument

When arriving in Ulverston visitors are greeted by the towering memorial on Hoad Hill. The Sir John Barrow Monument is open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holiday Weekends from 1pm to 5pm from Easter to the end of October. Sir John Barrow was born in Ulverston on 19th June, 1764, living an extraordinary life as a distinguished writer. The monument’s flag flies high to indicate when it’s open to gain access via the several footpaths from Ulverston. From the hilltop you can experience breathtaking views over Morecambe Bay and the Lake District Fells.

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Sir John Barrow Monument on Hoad Hill, Ulverston.

Laurel and Hardy Museum

Stan Laurel began his early life in Ulverston before hitting the big time in Hollywood with his comedy partner Oliver Hardy. Another legendary figure born in Ulverston and helping to put the town on the map. Visitors to the area can celebrate the glorious career of the world famous comedy duo at the Laurel and Hardy Museum. The museum is the home to a collection of treasures and personal items from their remarkable careers. Laurel and Hardy films are played throughout the day for visitors to revisit the classics on screen. The museum is open 7 days a week with disabled access and welcomes well-behaved dogs.

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The bronze statue of Laurel and Hardy outside Coro Hall, Ulverston. Image credit: Lynn Rainard on Flickr.

The Coronation Hall

‘The Coro’ as its commonly known offers live music, comedy, theatre and classical events such as opera and ballet. Now over a hundred years old the hall was originally built to commemorate the coronation of George V. Visit the Coronation Hall website to for the latest news and what’s on guide.

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Coronation Hall offers a programme of live entertainment in Ulverston. Image credit: Reading Tom on Flickr.

Swarthmoor Hall

Swarthmoor Hall is an Elizabethan Manor House that is famous for being the centre for what became the Quaker movement. Over the years the building became the headquarters for Quakerism and continues to be a venue that hosts meetings. The gardens are open to the public and guided audio tours of the hall are available.

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Swarthmoor Hall – the historic country house. Image credit: Rose of Academe_ on Flickr.

Conishead Priory and Buddhist Temple

The Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre is a spectacular gothic house set in beautiful gardens. Whether it’s an introduction to Buddhist meditation, or just some peace and tranquility in your life, all are welcome to visit. Be inspired with the temple, stroll around the house and grounds or take a stroll to Morecambe Bay. Entry and parking is completely free!

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Conishead Priory and Buddhist Temple. Image credit: b3tarev3 on Flickr.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

During the late 1700’s over 100 mills existed in the Lake District on account of the thriving textile industry. The only functional mill of its kind that remains is Stott Park – still in operation as a visitor attraction. An opportunity to find out what life was like in the mill with hands-on guided tours.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill – the only working bobbin mill in the Lake District today. Image credit: ripplestone review on Flickr.

Getting to Ulverston

Take the A590 from Hawthorn’s for a 34 mile drive through the South Lakes. There’s so much to see and do in Ulverston, making it well worth a day trip from Hawthorns Caravan Park. The start of the Cumbria Way (70 mile walk through central lakes) is also located in Ulverston – making it a great place to set off for memorable walks in the Lake District.

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