A variety of courses are offered at Swarthmoor Hall, both provided by Swarthmoor and delivered in partnership with Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre. Our programme is divided into three categories:
Woodbrooke at Swarthmoor Hall – courses, workshops and retreats
Swarthmoor Hall, the place and its history – workshops, pilgrimages and special events linked to its heritage
Swarthmoor Hall for the Quaker community locally and across our region – events, workshops and projects.

What to See

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

Quiet Space

The quiet garden gives a wheelchair-accessible hard route through to the meadow from the east side garden.

There is a free brochure for visitors who wish to do a self-guided tour of the gardens and grounds.

As entry to the gardens are free, local people are very welcome to come to the Hall to wander, picnic, or sit and enjoy a moment of peace and quiet.

What we Offer

You are also very welcome to come visit the historic rooms.
As the Hall closed for public visits at the end of October, the historic rooms can only be viewed by prior arrangement. Please call the office at Swarthmoor Hall at 01229 583204 to make an appointment.
The historic, peaceful and beautiful setting of the Hall continues to provide a very special environment for all. No ticket is needed to stroll through the gardens and grounds, which are open every day (during daylight hours).

Opening Times


Contact Us

Telephone: 01229 583204
Email: [email protected]

Swarthmoor Hall
Swarthmoor Hall Lane
LA12 0JQ