The 10 Best Things to Do in Ulverston, United Kingdom (UK)

April 10, 2018 Darleen Reid

Ulverston is a market town in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria in North West England. Historically in Lancashire, the town is in the Furness area 8 miles (13 kilometres) north-east of Barrow-in-Furness. It is close to the Lake District, and just north of Morecambe Bay, neighboured by Swarthmoor, Pennington and Rosside.
Restaurants in Ulverston

1. Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Colton, Ulverston LA12 8AX, England +44 15395 31087
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5 based on 270 reviews

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Reviewed By John M - Christchurch, United Kingdom

Looking through the things to do list we came upon the Stott Park Bobbin Mill. We thought that this would give us an insight into how an order but essential piece of equipment used in the weaving factories and the home was created. We were not disappointed by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide that conducted us through the various aspects of why and how the bobbin mill came into being. A thoroughly enjoyable time spent learning about the hard life the workers led and how they overcame some the difficulties. Our only regret was that we didn't visit at a weekend when the steam powered version of the demonstration of the some of the machines would have taken place.

2. South Lakes Safari Zoo

Broughton Road | Melton Terrace, Dalton-in-Furness LA15 8JR, England +44 1229 466086
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

South Lakes Safari Zoo

Explore, Discover, Adventure, South Lakes Safari Zoo. From the Swahili word meaning journey or expedition SAFARI ZOO is a unique journey into the animal kingdom. Come face to face with and discover Rhinos, Lions, Tigers, Bears, Hippos, Wolves, Snow leopards, Jaguar, Giant otters, Primates, Vultures, Penguins and much, much more at the UK's most interactive animal park and Europe’s only Safari Zoo.. You’ll have a fantastic adventure immersed with some of the rarest wildest animals on the planet. HEAR. TOUCH. SMELL. SEE feed your senses and the animals too - Hand feed giraffes every day, walk in amongst and hand feed penguins; wander amongst and discover kangaroo, lemurs, monkeys, free flying birds – including (for the brave) vultures and condors all living wild in the park. Daily interactive animal keeper led talks and animal feedings.

Reviewed By Anthony G - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Horrendous zoo. Conservation not touched upon at all. This zoo is all about entertainment. The animals are kept in tiny, bare enclosures with no stimulation. Really wish we had read some articles about it before going along. DO NOT GO TO THIS ZOO IF YOU HAVE ANY NOTION OF ANIMAL WELFARE AT ALL.

3. Lakeland Segway

Cartmel Park The Square | Cartmel Village Car Park, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6QB, England
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5 based on 382 reviews

Lakeland Segway

Winner of the the "Best Experience in Cumbria Award" 2016. The longest established "SegwayAuthorized" tour provider in the UK invites you to explore magnificent scenery surrounding medieval Cartmel on the amazing Segway personal transporter. After comprehensive training enjoy tracks and trails around a superb setting. (Min weight 45kgs max 115kgs, Tours MUST be pre-booked). Bike Hire, Archery and Geoventure activities also available.

Reviewed By kigrange73 - Wakefield, United Kingdom

We had a fantastic afternoon doing the double tour. Jake was a great instructor, making us feel confident really quickly. Zipping around the beautiful countryside was just a joy. I was really looking forward to this, but it exceeded all my expectations. Just sad I had to give the Segway back at the end!

4. Cliffhanger Rooms

A590 | The Stone Barn, Lakeland Village, Backbarrow LA12 8PX, England +44 845 163 0911
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5 based on 119 reviews

Cliffhanger Rooms

Winner of the Best New Tourism Business 2017 !! The Lake Districts first Live Escape Room game. For 2-6 people, enter one of the themed rooms with the objective of escaping within the hour. Solve puzzles, find things, work as a team, it's exciting, thrilling, challenging, immersive and fun! Can you escape Cliffhanger Rooms? Booking required.

Reviewed By BruceyForsyth

We did the ghost pirate ship as a couple and once we got into it, it was great. Having never done one before it took a few clues to warm us up so we could get into the rhythm of it. Really friendly and welcoming team. We'll be back to test a few more out!

5. Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway

Haverthwaite Station | Ulverston Cumbria, Haverthwaite LA12 8AL, England
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4.5 based on 779 reviews

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway

Hard Working Steam Locomotives haul carriages to Lakeside on this steeply graded former Furness Railway Branch Line.Excellent value combined tickets available with other attractions in and around Windermere.

Reviewed By flyboy1000 - Manchester

We booked ahead for the Santa Christmas rail journey and overall it was great. There was music onboard, the children were given presents (decent quality compared to grottos etc) and we were offered Sherry and mince pies. The whole experience took around 90 minutes with Christmas carols along the way. The only reason for 4 stars was the stop and start as the train on the outbound leg. Every 4 or 5 minutes it stopped. I presume this was because the train tract was not that long; however, stopping at some for the railway stations would have been far better and logical from a customer perspective.
Overall a great day out and recommended.

6. Old Hall Farm

Bouth LA12 8JA, England +44 1229 861993
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4.5 based on 196 reviews

Old Hall Farm

Nestled in the Cumbrian Hills and surrounded by the Lake District lies Old Hall Farm. This is an open historic working farm, following the the farming year, therefore activities will change month by month. Each visit will be different. Typical activities on the farm include, ice cream making, shire horses working, Jersey cow milking, feeding the animals and a wide selection of vintage machinery and steam engines on display and being worked.The Chicken shed tea room is open to passing trade as well as attraction customers and serves a delicious selection of cakes, drinks and lunches. The Farm shop sells Farm produce and gifts.

Reviewed By Sally M

We regularly pass by this way and called in on speck for lunch a couple of days ago. The food was rather basic. Oven chips were only just cooked, pale, dry and tasteless. The crumble on the veg crumble turned out to be chopped up chunks of dried bread and the salad a few leaves, one tomato and no dressing.

7. Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre

Conishead Priory Priory Road, Ulverston LA12 9QQ, England +44 1229 584029
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4.5 based on 280 reviews

Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre

Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre is an internationally renowned centre for meditation, where everyone is welcome to enjoy a peaceful environment or join in the many programmes offered throughout the year. Whether you are looking for a day visit to the Buddhist Temple, house or grounds, an introduction to Buddhist meditation, or in depth courses and retreats, Manjushri KMC offers an enjoyable and meaningful experience. Daily free 15 minute guided meditations held in the World Peace Temple, everyone welcome. Each day there is a guided meditation at 12.30pm and 2pm.

Reviewed By Alastair M

We had a nice visit to Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre on our way home from the Lake District. We took our dog for a walk along the woodland trail, which has plenty of benches where you can sit and think under the tree canopy, but it’s worth noting that there are no bins around. The temple is beautiful and very different to anything else you’ll see nearby - or further afield for that matter. We didn’t sample any of the classes on offer here, but there are plenty of options, including free meditation sessions. We finished with lunch in the cafe; dogs are allowed in the lounge so we ate there. The room was spotless, with people cleaning and polishing every nook and cranny. The hummus and cucumber Sandwich was very nice, coming on chunky bread, with potato salad, crisps and carrot strips. Afterwards, I ordered a slice of apple cake and it was one of the nicest cakes I’ve had in some time. The same couldn’t be said of my partner’s chocolate and caramel slice; it was nothing like what we expected, and I don’t even know how to describe it, but maybe it’s an acquired taste. The whole meal was very inexpensive, and the walk around the grounds was free (unlike Muncaster Castle), making it excellent value. After a quick browse in the shop, we headed off having had an enjoyable, unique experience. Highly recommended.

8. Unsworth’s Yard Brewery

Unsworths Yard Ford Road, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6PG, England +44 7810 461313
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4.5 based on 163 reviews

Unsworth’s Yard Brewery

Micro brewery with tasting room and shop. Open every day, we will always find time to show visitors the brewery and offer a taste of our traditional ales. Situated in our licensed courtyard with our neighbours, Cartmel Cheeses & Bakehouse, Hotwines and The Mallard Tea Shop.

Reviewed By OldBear - Lancashire, England

We stumbled across Unsworth’s Yard as we walked through the streets of Cartmel. We had a very informative visit at this micro-brewery and purchased a few bottles of beer for Christmas.
One of the owners quite happily explained how the brewery was set up and about the different beers they produce and supply locally.
Without doubt I would recommend a visit to the lovely village of Cartmel and Unsworth’s Yard.

9. Lakeland Motor Museum

Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow LA12 8TA, England +44 15395 30400
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lakeland Motor Museum

The Lakeland Motor Museum nestles in the picturesque Leven Valley, at Backbarrow, close to the southern tip of Lake Windermere in the beautiful English Lake District.This thought-provoking attraction provides a perfect 'whatever the weather', all year venue, which entertains and enthrals all ages.Our free educational quiz helps pass on knowledge and understanding.We offer combined ticketing with Windermere Lake Cruises and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway.The museum's adjacent Cafe Ambio has a beautiful riverside setting and our welcoming gift shop is among the best of places to find the perfect present for any occasion.

Reviewed By Bob186346 - York, United Kingdom

This is such an interesting place, not only about motors but also about the industries that were here before. There is a separate exhibition devoted to Cambell's Bluebird ... a restaurant and gift shop. All so well presented. Oh, and dogs are welcomed, which is...MoreThank you for your wonderful review and five star rating. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit to our museum and found it so interesting. We hope to welcome you again one day.

10. The Hoad Monument

Ulverston, England +44 1229 585778
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

The Hoad Monument

The prominent memorial on Hoad Hill was built in 1850 in honour of Sir John Barrow, a naval explorer and Second Secretary to the Admiralty, who was born in Ulverston. It is a replica of an early version of the Eddystone Lighthouse. On the 15th of May 1850, the foundation stones of the lighthouse monument were laid by the two sons of Sir John Barrow. There were huge celebrations in the town, with a procession, a religious service, and much rejoicing. The monument was finished by the end of 1850, and was promptly struck by lightning, causing nine stones to be dislodged from the cupola. It was fixed up, and a lightning conductor fitted. The total cost to build the monument was £1,250, and a further £136 to repair the lightning damage. Most of this was paid for by public subscription, and £100 was provided by Trinity House on condition that the monument had the capability to be used as a real lighthouse if deemed necessary at some future time. Since then, the monument has survived the elements, with the help of several restorations, the most recent of which was completed in 2010 at the cost of £1.2 million. Nowadays, it is maintained by a team of volunteer lighthouse keepers. It is open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1pm to 5pm, from Easter to the end of October, when the flag on the hill is flying. The monument can be hired for weddings and other celebrations.

Reviewed By 938fjg - Ulverston, United Kingdom

A variety of routes up this hill make it interesting, some are steep and some meander along a fairly good path to the top. Good views of Morecambe Bay and the surrounding hills.
The Hoad Monument (locally known as the Pepperpot) is open on Sundays when the flag is flying - the 112 stairs up to the top will give you a bit of extra exercise but the view is just as good from outside from one of the handy benches.

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