Things to do in Ulverston

Make the most out of your trip to Ulverston. There’s a variety of things to do. Here’s a selection of our favourite activities for you to try out during your stay.

Wonderful walks

Three Peaks Challenge - Scafell Pike

Three Peaks Challenge - Scafell Pike

Wasdale is 'Britain's Favourite View', the birthplace of British mountaineering, an iconic farmed landscape and a popular gateway to England's highest mountain Scafell Pike, part of the Three Peaks Challenge.

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Bowness to Cockshott Point

Bowness to Cockshott Point

This is a pleasant 2km circular route with some gentle slopes around the busy waterfront area of Bowness and the quieter shoreline around Cockshott Point. One for all the family.

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Orrest Head

Orrest Head

A 3.5km round trip summits the fell Orrest Head. The occasionally challenging route winds its way up through Elleray Wood, with 120m of ascent to take you to a high point of 238m where adventurers are rewarded with 360º views over Windermere and the central fells.

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Gummer's How

Gummer's How

A 10.34 km walk from Cartmel Fell church via a scenic tarn to a wonderful Windermere viewpoint. One for the more experienced, with several climbs and descents, and significant road walking. Rocky ground in places, and livestock likely.

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Ulverston Canal Walk

Ulverston Canal Walk

A 4.5 km canal walk. A flat walk offering panoramic views across the Leven Estuary and Cartmel Sands.

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Flan Hill and Hoad Monument Circular

Flan Hill and Hoad Monument Circular

A family and dog friendly 4.8 km loop trail near Ulverston. A short but steep walk, taking approximately 1 h 25 min to complete. You'll be able to enjoy the local scenery and visit the historic monument to Sir. John Barrow on the top of Hoad Hill.

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Day trips

Wray Castle

Wray Castle

A Gothic Revival castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers and informal grounds to explore.

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Ambleside

Ambleside

At the northern end of Windermere is the popular market town of Ambleside, perfectly located in the heart of the national park. Surrounded by majestic Lakeland fells. Now a major tourist spot with shops, restaurants, cinema.

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Cartmel Village

Cartmel Village

The Medieval village of Cartmel has a rich heritage, and varied list of activities for visitors to partake in. Home of the popular racecourse, the famous sticky toffee pudding shop and l'enclume, a Michelin starred restaurant

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The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

A great trip for all the family, with trains running everyday 2nd April – 30th October 2022. Enjoy views from your carriage up to Lakeside; the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Then if you fancy, continue your journey aboard a Windermere Steamer to Bowness or Ambleside. The station welcomes dogs and they can even ride the train for FREE!

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Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

The largest natural lake in both the Lake District and in England, and is fed by numerous rivers. Windermere lake is 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep. A great place for boating and water sports activities.

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Piel Island Ferry

Piel Island Ferry

This daily ferry boat takes you a trip out to Piel Island. You can explore the ruined 14th century castle and visit the Ship Inn for a spot of lunch.

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Family friendly

Cumbrian Cow Maize Maze

Cumbrian Cow Maize Maze

Have a go at navigating this 7 acre maze while completing the themed quiz. There are also lots of games and activities in the Fun Zone, with bouncy castles, trampolines, Go-Karts a giant sandpit and much more!

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The Chocolate Factory

The Chocolate Factory

A chocolate factory and workshop for all the family to enjoy. Treat the kids with the this fun and interactive trip out in the lovely village of Hawshead.

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Bardsea Alpacas and Llamas

Bardsea Alpacas and Llamas

Alpaca and Llama fun for all the family. Experience up close and personal encounters with the largest herds of Alpacas and Llamas in the Lake District.

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The World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter's magical tales of Peter Rabbit and his friends are brought to life in three dimensions. Fun for all the family.

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The Lakes Aquarium - Newby Bridge

The Lakes Aquarium - Newby Bridge

Discover over 30 displays of the fascinating and often secret world of wildlife and freshwater creatures dwelling in and alongside these magnificent waters.

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Laurel and Hardy Museum

Laurel and Hardy Museum

The world famous Laurel and Hardy Museum. The UK’s only museum devoted to Laurel and Hardy is in Ulverston, the town where Stan Laurel was born on 16th June 1890.

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The Coro

The Coro

The largest arts and culture venue in South Lakeland. You'll find an array of music, theatre, comedy, dance and much more.

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South Lakes Safari Zoo

South Lakes Safari Zoo

Home to over 1,000 of the rarest and most endangered animals. You can wander amongst kangaroos, wallabies, and emus as well as participating in unique animal feeding experiences or be a zookeeper for a day!

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Dock Museum

Dock Museum

Exhibitions and events for all! There's plenty to do at the Dock museum for all the family to enjoy.

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Food & drink

Poppies

Poppies

Poppies Cafe & Bistro has been a firm favourite in Ulverston's town centre for over 15 years. Serving a great selection of food and drink for all to enjoy.

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Gillam's

Gillam's

A family run tearoom and grocery shop in the heart of Ulverston, offering fine food and excellent service since 1892.

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Bettulla's

Bettulla's

A quaint Italian located in the centre of Ulverston, offering a great selection of Pizza and Pasta. Booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

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Cumbrian Cow

Cumbrian Cow

A farm located on the outskirts of Ulverston, offering delicious farm-made gelato ice cream, using milk from their pedigree holstein herd. They serve ice cream, ice bergers and coffees. Great for a little treat and short trip out.

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Manor House, Oxen Park

Manor House, Oxen Park

A family run business, situated between Newby Bridge and Ulverston. A traditional dog friendly pub, offering home cooked meals for all the family to enjoy.

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Amigos

Amigos

Authentic Mexican cuisine, a fun place for food and drink for when you're in the mood for something a little bit different. Great for cosy dining, family congregations and larger parties

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The Mill

The Mill

A dog-friendly gastro pub, serving all the classics. Offering a great traditional Sunday lunch.

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The Farmers

The Farmers

Award winning pub, wine bar and restaurant. Contemporary and stylish decor with a lively atmosphere and great food.

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Base restaurant

Base restaurant

Family friendly contemporary dining. Proudly championing local cumbrian produce, with the menu changing weekly. We recommend booking in advance for this one.

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