Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th-century country house set in beautiful gardens and grounds in 130 acres of farmland, with views to neighbouring fells and close to the bustling market town of Ulverston. Visitors comment on its sense of place – of the people who have lived here, its tranquillity and beauty.
Swarthmoor Hall has a special story to tell, one which has particular significance for Quakers. A local writer recently said of the Hall:
"The fictional dramas of Downton Abbey seem relatively tame to the actual events in Swarthmoor Hall’s history. The birthplace of the Quaker movement has all the elements of a great screenplay: love, conflict, conviction and passion."
Jo Davies, Editor, North-West Evening Mail
It is known as the cradle of Quakerism because Judge Thomas Fell and his wife Margaret provided protection and hospitality for early Quakers, notably George Fox (its founding father) and allowed the Hall to be a headquarters for the movement.
There are six historic rooms to view. They house a fine selection of 17th-century furniture as well as items associated with early Quaker history. Why not come and find out more?
Our tradition of hospitality remains. We encourage visitors who tour the Hall to stay for a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. We provide an audio tour for visitors, or a guide for larger groups (please ring the office at 01229 583204 to book your guide).
From 20th February to 30th October 2017 opening hours are as follows:
Mondays-Fridays (except last Thursdays of each month): 10.30-4.30pm;
Saturdays, Sundays & last Thursdays of each month: 1.30-4.30pm.
From 31 October 2017, until 19 Feburary 2018, admission to the historic rooms is by prior appointment only. Please do give us a ring to arrange your visit!
The historic rooms will be open again for visits without prior appointments, from 19 February 2018. The daily opening hours will be as above (10:30-4:30 on weekdays, and 1:30-4:30 on Saturday and Sunday).
Adults: £6 per person or £6.60 with Gift Aid
Children: £4 per person or £4.40 with Gift Aid
Children under 5: Free
Please note that the entry fee includes an audio tour.
Entry to our gardens: free of charge.
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