6 things to visit in Ulverston
PUBLISHED: 00:00 18 February 2014 | UPDATED: 18:10 10 May 2016
1. The refurbished and reopened folly, Hoad’s Monument, constructed in 1850 to commemorate statesman and local resident Sir John Barrow, and providing stunning views across Morecambe Bay and parts of the Lake District.
2. Ulverston canal, which is no longer navigable, is claimed to be the deepest, widest and shortest canal in the UK at 1¼ miles long.
3. Laurel and Hardy Museum, on Brogden Street, commemorates Stan, surely Ulverston’s most famous son. It is best to ring 01229-582292 to check opening times and special events.
4. Conishead Priory was originally a medieval monastery and has had a varied and stormy history but since 1976 it has been the home of the Manjushri Kadampa Buddhist community, which has done much to preserve its structure. The Temple built in the grounds alone is worth the visit.
5. Ulverston Brewery Company: Brewing is usually underway at weekends and visitors are welcome to call in and watch the process and chat with Paul and Anita when they stop to catch their breath. More formal “tours” can be arranged for day-time or evening and would include a talk and a taste. Call Anita on 07840192022 to arrange.
6. Ulverston Railway Station (which can be reached from Manchester in 1 hr 40 minutes, via Preston and Lancaster) has been welcoming visitors on the Furness Line since it was built in 1854 and retains many of its Victorian features. It is two minutes walk from the town centre.