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This quirky market town, renowned for its year round programme of colourful festivals, has many claims to fame, including being the birthplace of Stan Laurel and home of the world famous Laurel and Hardy Museum. The twice-weekly street market, charming speciality shops and narrow, cobbled streets are a major draw for local people and visitors alike. Periodically there are also speciality food fairs selling organic produce and local delicacies. Ulverston, marks the start of the 70 mile Cumbrian Way and holds many pleasant surprises for the visitor. The Lakes Glass Centre is another Ulverston attraction offering a chance to see glassmakers using traditional methods, and to visit the 'Gateway to Furness Exhibition'. The town is credited with inventing pole vaulting as a sport in 1879. Outside the town, high on a hill, sits the Hoad Monument, a copy of a lighthouse, built in 1850. It was built as a tribute to Sir John Barrow, 1764-1848, an author, explorer and Under-Secretary to the Admiralty. Sometimes, the monument is open to visitors. At the top are stunning views over Morecambe Bay and the Lake District.

Cash PointCoach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Accepts groups


Ulverston Tourist Information Centre

01229 587120


Town Hall,
Queen Street,
LA12 7AR,
LA12 7AR



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Map reference: SD 285782  Lat: 54.19585 Long: -3.07165

M6 motorway, jct 36. A590 towards Barrow. Ulverston straddles main road.

Parking: free


  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

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