16th century Swarthmoor Hall, near Ulverston in Cumbria, is set in 130 acres of farmland and is known as the Cradle of Quakerism. It was the home of Thomas (a 17th century judge) and Margaret Fell, who provided protection and hospitality for early Quakers (notably George Fox) and allowed the Hall to be a headquarters for the movement. Margaret Fell later married Fox.
“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]
Nowadays Swarthmoor Hall offers holiday accommodation, courses, workshops, retreats & conference facilities (see Swarthmore Hall events). The Hall can provide a selection of brochures for those who want to use the site as a base for walks in the area.
- Bed & Breakfast or (groups only) Full Board : see BB/FB prices.
- Self-Catering : there are five suites : see SC prices.
- The whole site : see whole site prices.