The North Western and Mid Sodor Railways both had plans to extend their lines to Ulfstead - the North Western from Ffarquhar and the Mid Sodor by a branch line via Ulfstead Road. The Mid Sodor's project was abandoned due to the cost of building the line through the Cas-ny-Hawin valley.
The town was built as a fortress, but fell into disrepair after the Scots were sacked. The ruins attract archaeologists as it is all of one period.
Ulfstead Mine is located here.