Ulverston is an historic market town and was awarded a Market Charter in 1280, an event celebrated every year with the Charter Fortnight Festival held during September.
The town has a predominantly Georgian style architecture and the cobbled main street is lined on either side by attractive buildings, leading to The Farmers Arms. The town center is in a conservation area, with the War Memorial at the top of Market Street honoring residents of Ulverston and district who fell in the First and Second World Wars.
Ulverston, South Lakeland’s Festival Town, has a number of claims to fame, such as being the birthplace of Stan Laurel; it has the shortest, widest and deepest canal in Britain, and boasts the striking Hoad Monument resembling a lighthouse and built to commemorate Sir John Barrow, another famous son of the town.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN ULVERSTON
Ulverston is known as South Lakeland’s festival town and is home to a lively arts scene and annual festivals. The Coronation Hall hosts the towns concerts and festivals. Some of our well known festivals are The Flag Festival, Retro Rendezvous, Carnival Day and Fine Fest, along with many others. Dickensian festival at the end of November is probably our most well know festival.
The busy market town of Ulverston is located on the edge of the Lake District, there are many attractions in the immediate vicinity; Lakes Coniston & Windermere are just a 20 minute drive and the beautiful villages of Hawkshead, Bowness & Ambleside are just a few miles more. At Bowness you will find the famous World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, where you can relive your childhood with the tales of Peter Rabbit and friends.
Heading towards the famous industrial town of Barrow-in-Furness you will come across The South Lakes Safari Zoo – just 5 minutes drive away- don’t forget to buy the animal food so you can hand feed the kangaroos and other animals. Nestled behind the trees of Barrow-in-Furness you will find the Furness Abbey Ruins. The impressive and romantic ruins of an Abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England provide a wonderful day out – they are also known to be haunted by a headless monk on horseback!!
Heading in the opposite direction you can find Thomas and Friends at the Haverthwaite Railway Village. Arriving closer to Lake Windermere you will find The Lakes Aquarium full with with freshwater and marine life, featuring an underwater otter tunnel and stingrays.
While just on the doorstep you can venture to the Laurel and Hardy museum, exploring the thriving tales of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, or even take a short walk to Stan Laurels birth place. There is an interesting shopping experience amongst the town’s cobbled streets, yards and ginnels. Outdoor markets are held every Thursday and Saturday, and the indoor market is open five days a week (closed Wed and Sun).
There are plenty of walks within and around Ulverston, taking a trek up Hoad Hill to the famous Sir John Barrow Monument is a must for the best view over Ulverston and Morecambe Bay.
A BIT OF HISTORY
The town takes it name from the times of Saxon and Viking settlement and indicates that it originated as the “farmstead of the wolf army”. Now the area is quite safe to explore and is the starting point for the Cumbrian Way, a 70 mile/ 112 km walk through the Lake District to Carlisle. Ulverston is also a gateway to the Lake District.
POPULAR WITH TOURISTS
The Manjushri Centre – The buddhist temple is a very popular place to visit especially in summer when they do their summer retreats. It is only a 10 minute drive from us or a 30minute walk.
The Laurel & Hardy museum – Ulverston is actually Stan Laurel’s birth town and the museum is located in Ulverston’s town centre and filled with lots of interesting facts a memorabilia.
Another Fine Fest (June) – Ulverston is famous for many things and being a festival town is one of them as well as being Stan Laurel’s birth town so they decide what better way to celebrate Stan’s birthday than create a new festival for the town – So then came the birth of ‘Another Fine Fest’ a fantastic day festival full of all kinds of live music, circus performers, street performers & world record breaking challenges. Fantastic festival for all ages that runs all day and into the early hours the following day! Not one to be missed!!
DICKENSIAN FESTIVAL (November) – Another one of Ulverston’s finest festivals. A full weekend jam packed with hog roasts, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts & open fires….. It is the start of Ulverston’s Christmas spirit, shops, pub, restaurants all get in to the full Dickensian spirit and go back in time. People come from far and wide and join us for this wonderful wintery weekend.
The town is packed with stalls & street sellers selling everything from homemade soaps & jewellery to hot cider. Local town bands perform as well as much more entertainment though out the weekend. People hire costumes and dress up in period outfit and join the parade around Ulverston. Definitely worth a visit!
The Farmers Arms is an award winning pub, wine bar and restaurant located in the heart of the bustling market and festival town of Ulverston, situated opposite the market cross with views of the old cobbled streets. The perfect place to watch the world go by.FIND OUT MORE
Our 16c Inn, a building full of character, old oak beams, open fire bedecked with flowers, warm friendly staff ready to serve you our excellent food and drink. There's always a warm welcome at the Rose & Crown which has log fires all year round to toast your toes on.FIND OUT MORE