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Swarthmoor Hall,
historic house and gardens:

the cradle of Quakerism

Swarthmoor Hall: cradle of the Quaker movement

The Old HallOur history

Plan your visit

Discover Swarthmoor Hall, the cradle of Quakerism. Follow in the footsteps of George Fox, founder of the Quaker movement, with a tour of the atmospheric 17th-century house, and find out more about this turbulent period of British history.

Explore our peaceful gardens and grounds, nestled in the Cumbrian countryside. Grab a bite to eat in our cosy Barn Café or browse the thought-provoking books and carefully selected gifts in our shop.

If you need more time to truly soak in the atmosphere, why not book a stay in one of our guest rooms or self-catering cottages?

Getting hereStay with us

Stay with us

Stay at Swarthmoor Hall and soak in the unique and serene atmosphere. We have five lovely self-catering cottages for groups of four to eight people.
One aisle of the Old Hall has been converted into five guest rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, and one of the cottages is fully accessible.

Our roomsTestimonials

Retreats and pilgrimages

Looking for the perfect venue to host your next retreat? Swarthmoor Hall welcomes you to a tranquil haven set amid breathtaking natural surroundings, with state-of-the-art facilities.
Anyone is welcome to join a pilgrimage at Swarthmoor Hall and walk in George Fox’s footsteps.


What our guests say

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

Russell HoldenGoogle Review

Peaceful, welcoming venue, a Grade II listed Tudor mansion, which became the founding place of Quakerism. Excellent cafe.

Martin RossGoogle Review

Perfect day out, I was part of the songpath group n the garden is beautiful, also had a look round the hall, it was very informative.

Lorraine MurphyGoogle Review

Relaxing, peaceful surroundings. Rooms clean and very welcoming. Breakfasts extensive. Staff friendly and welcoming.

Kerry NicholsonGoogle Review

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Stay at Swarthmoor Hall and soak in the unique, serene atmosphere.

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Enquire here for any questions, booking an event or to stay with us.