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This festival capital of Furness combines special 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. Surrounding the town is the gently rolling farmland of the Furness Peninsula while the coastline provides beautiful vistas over Morecambe Bay.

Book Your Stay

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £70-£90 prpnb

Hill Crest Country Guest House

Hill Crest Country Guest House

Guest House with 3 rooms, £36-£55 pppnb

The Hayloft kitchen

The Hayloft

Self-catering with 1 unit, £360-£1000 pupw sleeps 6-7

Longlands Farm Cottage living room

Longlands Farm Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £245-£575 pupw sleeps 1-6

1 Laurel Court

Laurel Court

Self-catering with 5 units, £80-£500 pupn sleeps 1-12

Spring Bank Cottage

Spring Bank Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £250-£540 pupw sleeps 2-6

Sunset Cottage

Sunset Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £310-£550 pupw sleeps 1-4

Broughton Bank Cottage

Broughton Bank Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £390-£685 pupw sleeps 1-4

Howbarrow Farm Cottage

Howbarrow Farm

Self-catering with 2 units, £299-£475 pupw sleeps 1-2

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 20 pitches, £16-£18 ptpn

Things to do

What's on

Surrounding Areas

Bardsea Beach, Ulverston
Gleaston Watermill, Ulverston
Haverthwaite Train, Ulverston
High Dam, Ulverston

Culture and Heritage

Market Cross, Ulverston
Laurel and Hardy Statue, Ulverston
Hoad Hill, Ulverston

Early settlers occupied the limestone outcrops of Birkrigg Common and around Urswick and many finds have been unearthed dating back to Bronze and Iron Age times. Originally, much of the Furness Peninsula was covered with trees which were gradually felled over the centuries to create the patchwork of fields, farms and pockets of woodland that exists today.

After the Norman Conquest, Henry I granted the western forests of Furness and the whole of Walney Island to Stephen of Blois, crowned king of England in 113, and the eastern section to William le Fleming. William's son, Michael, inherited the land in 1167 which was thereafter known as the Manor of Muchland (or Michael's land).

By the 19th century, Ulverston was a thriving commercial port, exporting cotton from Ellers Mill, slate from Burlington Quarries, iron from its foundries, limestone from Stainton and leather from its numerous tanneries (there is still a Leather Lane in Ulverston). Other industries included brick making, paper manufacture and brewing beer. The malty aroma from Hartley's Brewery emanated over the town for one hundred years, but ended in 1991 after the brewery was taken over by Robinsons. Although production moved to Stockport, many local pubs still retain the Hartley's name.

Ulverston was granted a market charter in 1280 by Edward I. Shortly afterwards, the Scots began raiding large parts of northern England in response to the king's attempts to quell Scotland and bring it under English rule. Large areas of Furness were devastated by the attacks, which prompted the building of several fortified buildings as defence.

It was after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537 that Ulverston came to prominence as a market town, whilst Dalton declined in importance. The fast-flowing Gillbanks Beck (now culverted under the town) provided water power for mills making cotton, paper, candles and other commodities. Goods including local iron ore and slates were taken by packhorse to loading bays at Ulverston, Bardsea and Baycliffe - a slow and laborious means of conveyance that was soon to be replaced by water transport.

Bardsea Church, Ulverston

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