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  • Lake District Foundation
  • Member of Cumbria Tourism

Historic House, £4-£6

Swarthmoor Hall

Swarthmoor Hall


Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th Century country house (circa 1586) set in beautiful gardens and grounds in 130 acres of farmland, with views to neighbouring fells and close to the bustling market town of Ulverston. Visitors comment on its sense of place – of the people who have lived here, its tranquillity and beauty. It is known as the cradle of Quakerism because, in the mid 1600's Judge Thomas Fell and his wife Margaret provided protection and hospitality for early Quakers, notably George Fox (the founder of the Quaker movement) and allowed the Hall to become the Quaker movement's headquarters at that time.
There are six historic rooms to view. They house a fine selection of 17th Century furniture as well as items associated with early Quaker history. Why not come and find out more?

The Hall is open for day visitors Monday to Thursday 1.30 - 4.30pm, (last admissions 4pm) from Monday 25 February 2013 to Thursday 31 October 2013 (and for group tours at other times by appointment).
Audio guides are provided for self-guided tours or a guide for larger groups.
Our tradition of hospitality remains – we offer tea/coffee and a biscuit as part of the entrance fee to the house.

Visitors are also welcome to enjoy our beautiful gardens which are open every day where they can sit, relax and picnic or take a stroll in our wildflower meadow.
We look forward to welcoming you!

Opening details

Monday to Friday 10.30am - 16.30pm, (except the last Thursday in the month 1.30-4.30pm) and Saturday & Sunday 1.30-4.30pm, from mid-February to 31 October, and at other times by appointment.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Five self-catering units. Accomodates up to 25 people Whole site bookings. Bed and Breakfast available Full Board for groups. Conference facilities. Courses and events. Group tours of the Hall by arrangement.

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Sat 2 - Sun 3 May The Printfest Collection Exhibition


Swarthmoor Hall Lane,
LA12 0JQ


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Map reference: SD 281772  Lat: 54.18550 Long: -3.10326

On the outskirts of Ulverston just off the A590, 25 minutes from J36 of the M6.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Ulverston station

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