Ulverston Market Town:
With its cobbled streets and fascinating history, Ulverston is a good-sized market town and a great place to visit as it is full of surprises.
Visitors come from far and wide to explore this lovely market town with so many independent and family-run shops.
Laurel and Hardy:
Stan Laurel was born here in Argyle Street in June 1890.
His former home can be still be seen a short walk away from the town centre.
Additionally, a bronze statue of the comedy duo stands outside the Coronation Hall where visitors make a beeline to have a selfie taken with the comedy legends.
The Laurel and Hardy Museum is inside the nearby Roxy cinema building.
On show are artefacts and objects belonging to the comedy duo.
Regular viewings of their classic films run throughout the day which makes an ideal venue on a rainy day.
Ulverston’s most visible landmark (modelled on an earlier version of the Eddystone Lighthouse) is the Hoad Monument.
Built-in 1850, this concrete structure was built to commemorate statesman and local resident Sir John Barrow.
The uphill climb is well rewarded with breathtaking views.
Moreover, you can see the beauty of the area first hand from Morecambe Bay to the Lake District fells.
Swarthmoor Hall is a Grade II* building situated just outside the town and is like stepping back in time.
With oak-panelled rooms and furnished in authentic pieces of furniture and objects belonging to the people who lived there in the infancy of the Quaker movement.
The hall is open to the public and pilgrims from around the world.
Another impressive building is the Buddhist temple at Conishead Priory on the coast road to Bardsea which is hard to miss with its golden roof.
The priory includes the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre.
Visitors can simply look around the site (with woodland access to the shore of Morecambe Bay) or try a free meditation session at 12.30pm & 2pm each day.
Ford Park is Ulverston’s beautiful 9-acre community park in the centre of Ulverston. 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.
The Coach House with its stunning setting, roof terrace and friendly atmosphere has become a popular venue for parties and celebrations.
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.