Things to do in Bardsea, Cumbria
Bardsea is a small coastal village in Cumbria located on the north shore of Morecambe Bay, with spectacular views over the bay.
Things to See and Do in Bardsea
Meet and Greet lets you get up-close to the alpacas and get to know them.
An Alpaca Walk which includes Meet & Greet allows visitors to walk an alpaca
All alpaca experiences need to be booked in advance.
Birkrigg Stone Circle
You'll be rewarded with lovely views of the village, and out over Morecambe Bay.
When you look out over Morecambe Bay from Bardsea, you'll see Chapel Island - a limestone outcrop about a mile from the shore.
Although it's possible to walk to the overgrown island at low tide, it's not recommended due to Morecambe Bay's notorious quicksands and the Ulverston Channel that flows between the shore and the island.
Holy Trinity Church
With excellent views over Morecambe Bay it's very picturesque and worth visiting when you're in the village.
Sea Wood is a 58-acre woodland located southwest of Bardsea just off the coast road, on the shore of Morecambe Bay.
Sea Wood is an ideal location to walk your dog, or just appreciate the natural woodland setting.
Ulverston Golf Course
Just 5 minutes walk from Bardsea you'll find Ulverston Golf Club which is surely one of the most picturesque courses in England, offering classic parkland golf in spectacular surroundings.
Buggies can be hired between April and October and trolleys are available to hire from the Pro Shop.
The clubhouse has stunning views, a well-stocked bar, and food includes a comprehensive breakfast menu, lounge specials including burgers and paninis and a range of teas and coffees.
Places to Eat or Stay
The Ship Inn
The Ship Inn on Main Street is a traditional inn offering wholesome, delicious food, a wide range of hot and cold drinks, and comfortable en-suite accommodation.
Breakfast is available every day and guests can choose from a Full-English or continental breakfast, both with high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients.
Lunches and evening meals are available from Tuesday-Sunday.
Free parking and Wi-Fi is included with your stay.
Chill & Grill Ice Cream
Conveniently located near the beach, Chill & Grill Ice Cream offer delicious home-made ice creams, scones, cakes and bean-to-cup fresh coffee.
Vegetarian options are available, and some outside seating is provided.
There aren't many shops in Bardsea itself, so your best bet for shopping is to visit the nearby market town of Ulverston.
There are several gift shops, florists, jewellers, a couple of book shops, two cycle shops a photography shop, newsagents and chemists shops including a branch of Boots.
Food shops include several bakeries, traditional butchers, greengrocers and a sweet shop as well as branches of Co-op Food, Tesco Express, Marks & Spencer Food and Aldi.
Ulverston is a market town with its charter granted by Edward I in 1280. Today there's an indoor market hall - which is a practical answer for comfortable shopping in the unpredictable Cumbrian weather.
Places to Visit Nearby
Laurel & Hardy Museum
In Ulverston, the birthplace of Stan Laurel, fans of classic movies will be delighted to visit the world's only Laurel & Hardy Museum.
Holker Hall and Gardens
Holker Hall itself has never been bought or sold, but passed through the generations of three families with each one making changes or additions and adding to the history and interest of the hall.
There are many beautiful and historic rooms to enjoy including the Drawing Room, Billiard Room, Library, Dining Room, Queen Mary's Bedroom, the Wedgwood Dressing Room and many more.
Stop for refreshment at the Courtyard Café with its range of delicious food made from the best local and seasonal ingredients, including the renowned Holker Afternoon Tea (24 hours notice required).
Q. Can you swim at Bardsea Beach?
A. No, there are strong currents at Bardsea that make the sea unsafe for swimming.
Q. Is Bardsea Beach Dog Friendly?
A. Yes, there are no restrictions on dogs at Bardsea beach.
Bardsea was mentioned in the Domesday Book and remained a small farming and fishing village until the 19th century.
This trade stopped when the Ulverston Canal and the Furness Railway were built.
Urswick, Bardsea and Stainton Parish Council:
Map of Bardsea
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