In and Around Ulverston

Quick Facts about Ulverston

Population – 11,678 (2011)
District – South Lakeland
Landmarks – Sir John Barrow Monument, Laurel & Hardy Statue

There is always something going on in the streets of Ulverston, this festival and market town of South Lakeland combines special events with an assortment of specialist shops, cosy pubs, and traditional markets. Add to the colourfully rendered houses, cobbled streets and inviting alleys there is enough of interest to keep you enthralled for days.

Surrounding the town is the gently rolling farmland of the Furness Peninsula. Along the seashore are some lovely coastal villages; Bardsea, Baycliff, Aldingham and Newbiggin, these all have stunning views over Morecambe Bay.

When you approach Ulverston, a prominent memorial on the top of Hoad Hill states your pending arrival. The Sir John Barrow Monument which was modelled on an earlier version of the Eddystone Lighthouse and built in 1850 in honour of John Barrow. The uphill climb to the monument will reward you with a breath-taking view over Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells.


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Cumbria’s Festival Town

There is always something going on in Ulverston. From Printfest to the international music festival, there are many events throughout the year. Here are just a few you may want to visit;

Printfest (30th April to 1st May)

An exhibition of original prints by contemporary artists including wood cuts, engravings, etchings, lithographs, silkscreen printing and digital prints. CLICK HERE to find out more

Flag Fortnight (May)

Admire the colourful spectacle of over 200 decorated flags fluttering from buildings all over the town.

Ulverston Lantern Procession (September)

A magical sight as ‘rivers of light’ weave their way through the streets of Ulverston. The procession is the culmination of the fortnight-long Ulverston Charter Festival, a celebration of the granting of the town’s Market Charter in 1280. CLICK HERE to find out more

Dickensian Christmas Festival (November)

This two –day free family event brings together hundreds of festive stalls, street entertainers and Victorian costumes to enjoy. CLICK HERE to find out more

Did you know?

Ulverston Canal is the shortest canal in England at 1 ¼ miles (2km) and also the deepest and widest.


Not forgetting the great choice of accommodation from hotels and family run b&b’s to self-catering cottages. Combined with its historic roots, Ulverston is an ideal place to spend your holiday. To view all the accommodation providers CLICK HERE


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