Another Fine Town

Ulverston Market Town

Ulverston Market Town:

Just outside the boundary of the National Park lies the picturesque market town of Ulverston.

With its cobbled streets and rich history, Ulverston boasts a vibrant market town atmosphere, making it a delightful place to visit and full of delightful surprises.

Visitors from far and wide flock to Ulverston to immerse themselves in its unique charm, with numerous independent and family-run shops to explore.

Laurel and Hardy: Preserving Comedy Legends

Ulverston proudly claims Stan Laurel, the comedy icon, as one of its own, having been born on Argyle Street in June 1890.

His former residence still stands just a short walk away from the town centre, allowing visitors to connect with the comedic legend on a personal level.

Adding to the tribute, a bronze statue of the iconic comedy duo stands outside the Coronation Hall, inviting visitors to take selfies and capture the memory of this beloved pair.

For ardent fans, the Laurel and Hardy Museum inside the nearby Roxy Cinema building houses a treasure trove of artifacts and objects that once belonged to the comedy duo.

Perfect for a rainy day, the museum offers regular viewings of their classic films, ensuring laughter echoes through the town once more.

Hoad Monument – A Towering Tribute

Ulverston’s most prominent landmark is the striking Hoad Monument, resembling an earlier version of the Eddystone Lighthouse.

This magnificent concrete structure, built in 1850, stands in honor of esteemed statesman and local resident Sir John Barrow.

Climbing uphill is rewarded with breathtaking views of Morecambe Bay and the enchanting Lake District fells, offering a true feast for the eyes.

Swarthmoor Hall – Stepping Back in Time

A short distance outside the town lies Swarthmoor Hall, a Grade II building* that transports visitors back in time.

Stepping inside, you’ll find oak-panelled rooms adorned with authentic pieces of furniture and objects from the infancy of the Quaker movement.

Open to the public and welcoming pilgrims from around the world, Swarthmoor Hall offers a unique opportunity to experience history first-hand.

Conishead Priory – Serenity and Spirituality

Another impressive landmark is the captivating Buddhist temple at Conishead Priory, situated on the coast road to Bardsea, easily recognizable by its golden roof.

Within the priory lies the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, providing a serene atmosphere and woodland access to the shores of Morecambe Bay.

Visitors can freely explore the site or participate in free meditation sessions held daily at 12:30 pm and 2 pm.

Ford Park:

Ford Park is a beautiful 9-acre community park in the centre of Ulverston. It is free and open to all.

Additionally, it hosts lots of events and activities throughout the year.

It is overlooked by the Sir John Barrow monument known locally as the Hoad monument.

‘The Hoad’ sits at the top of the 436′ Hoad Hill, where you can see for miles from the Lake District mountains to Morecambe Bay.

Over the last few years, Ford Park has blossomed with the re-establishment of the Victorian kitchen garden and the development of the Coach House Cafe and Bistro.

Ulverston Market Town

The Coach House with its stunning setting, roof terrace and friendly atmosphere has become a popular venue for parties and celebrations.

Ulverston Market Town

The park is owned and managed by the registered charity Ford Park Community Group.

A much-loved amenity, Ford Park is managed by the group for the benefit of the community and visitors to Ulverston.

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