On approaching the town of Ulverston you will see Ulverston’s iconic landmark known locally as Hoad Monument. Built as a memorial to Sir John Barrow, a seafaring man, it is modelled on The Eddystone Lighthouse. The Sir John Barrow Monument is open on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 1pm to 5pm between Easter and the end of October (when the flag is flying). Inside, there are display boards about the monument, friendly “lighthouse keepers” to talk to and a small shop where you can buy souvenirs and refreshments. You can climb to the top via a narrow spiral staircase, and enjoy panoramic views of the southern Lake District and Morecambe Bay. On days when the monument is closed it is still possible to walk to the top of the hill & enjoy the views across Morecambe Bay.
You may be surprised to discover this tribute to the famous comedians Laurel & Hardy in Ulverston. Ulverston was the birthplace of Stan Laurel so it seems only fitting that the Laurel & Hardy Museum now resides in the town & especially fitting that the museum is at the old picture house, The Roxy Cinema on Brogden Street. Adults cost £5 or buy a Deluxe Ticket for £7.00 to include entry plus hot or cold drink and muffin or bag of popcorn.
Be sure to grab a selfie with the statue of the comic duo outside The Coronation Hall.
Cumbria Crystal is one of the last remaining producers of hand-blown & hand-cut full lead English crystal & supplier of quality crystal to the TV drama Downton Abbey. See how it is made & have a browse around the shop at the factory on Canal Head in Ulverston.
There are some good places to get a coffee in the town centre, pubs, restaurants & nice shops too. On Thursdays Ulverston holds a Country Market organised by the local WI with the regular town market on every Saturday. Pay & display parking is available in Ulverston town centre at several sites.
Head out of Ulverston on the ‘coastal route to Barrow’ which is a really nice run out.
Stop to have a look at the latest Swift & Bailey caravans & motorhomes or stock up on caravanning supplies at the excellent shop at Bardsea Leisure on the right-hand side.
As you reach the coast there is normally an ice-cream van & plenty of places to pull in to enjoy views of the sea.