Welcome to Ulverston, the Festival Town!
"The people of Furness in general and of Ulverston in particular, are civil and well behaved to strangers, hospitable and humane."Father Thomas West 1774
Nearly 250 years later we continue to pride ourselves on our hospitality and our many festivals are opportunities for visitors and residents alike to relax and enjoy themselves in a really splendid setting.
For centuries people travelled to the Furness Peninsula by the dangerous route over the sands. Nowadays the route over Morecambe Bay by rail, although not so perilous, can be a breathtakingly beautiful introduction to the peninsula and then to the town itself.
Whether arriving by rail or road , the monument to Sir John Barrow on Hoad Hill is as welcoming to the first time visitor as it to those simply returning home.
Ulverston is a great base for exploring the Lake District. Quieter and quainter than the main tourist honeypots, the town still oozes Lake District character.
The town is a great centre for low level walking, along shores, fells and around the town itself. Our Historic Town Trails reveal many of its "Hidden Gems."
You can also visit the famous Laurel and Hardy Museum which celebrates the life and times of Stan Laurel born in the town in 1890.
This festival and market town of South Lakeland combines interesting 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.