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Swarthmoor Hall

  • 4.4

  • from 112 Google reviews

An old stone building
An old stone building

About the garden

Known as the Cradle of Quakerism, the gardens at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulverston have become a restorative backdrop for those making a pilgrimage to the 17th-century hall which offered protection and hospitality to early Quakers. But it isn’t just Quakers who are drawn to these restful gardens just two miles from the lapping waves of the Cumbrian coast, look out for red squirrels, brown hair and roe deer among the greenery.

From the contemplative quiet garden to the beautiful wildflower meadow, Swarthmoor Hall is a dream on lazy summer afternoons. While those impatient for the signs of warmer months should head here in spring when the formal gardens are awash with the uplifting sight of snowdrops, tulips and daffodils and a carpet of wild purple crocus poke up through the earth.

Don’t worry if you forget your picnic, The Barn Café serves up tea and coffee, plus delicious homemade lunches and afternoon teas. If you’d like to experience Quaker hospitality or you’re looking for affordable accommodation close to the Lake District, Swarthmoor Hall also offers bright and cosy rooms within the Hall, as well as a traditional Shepherd’s Hut

Opening times

Opening Times for the Hall Monday – Friday*: 10.30am – 4.30pm (Mid February – End of October) Saturday – Sunday: 1.30pm – 4.30pm *Last Thursday of every month: 1.30pm – 4.30pm Gardens open everyday during daylight hours

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Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant.



Cumbria, LA12 0JQ

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Google reviews

  • 4.4

  • from 112 Google reviews

Susie Tombs

7 months ago


Serene and cosy in the midst of the country, with wide views, quiet nights and very comfortable beds.

Russell Holden

2 years ago


Steeped in local history, Swarthmoor Hall is a must-visit place for anyone with an interest in the past. Great little cafe too!

janis turner

a year ago

5 not currently open due to covid restrictions. However they are doing self catering accommodation.

Ann Page

a year ago


Stayed in wansell suite. Good value for money

Judith Smith

3 years ago


Went for day as a tourist to Ulverston. Recorded tour was very good - not too long but informative. Very restful sort of place. Cheese scones very good too.

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01229 583 204

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