Barrow

Barrow-in-Furness, more commonly known as Barrow, is an industrial port and town on the Furness Peninsula in Cumbria, the north-western edge of Morecambe Bay.

The town was a sleepy fishing village until the middle of the nineteenth century when rich iron ore deposits were discovered in the area. By the late 19th it was home to the largest steelworks in the world and a major centre for shipbuilding in the UK.

Other towns and villages in the Furness area include Ulverston, Dalton-in-Furness, Grange-over-Sands, and Cartmel.

Hotels

Hotels and places to stay in and around Barrow include:

  • The Chetwynde Hotel
  • The Clarkes Hotel
  • Crofters Lodge
  • Abbey House Hotel
  • King Alfred Hotel
  • Lisdoonie Hotel
  • West Point House
  • Holiday Inn Express - Barrow-in-Furness

Attractions & Things To Do

Barrow’s history is explored at the Dock Museum, an impressive glass and steel structure built over a Victorian graving dock. It features a magnificent display of model ships plus a social history gallery telling the story of Barrow’s rapid expansion.

Furness Abbey lies on the outskirts of the town and was once one of the richest Cistercian monasteries in England. Other historic buildings in the area include Dalton Castle and Piel Castle.

The Forum is a mid-sized theatre and arts venue opposite Barrow’s magnificent Victorian Town Hall. It offers a regular programme of music, comedy, and dance events.

Kids will enjoy a trip to the South Lakes Wild Animal Park. Close to Dalton-in-Furness it is one of the UK’s leading conservation zoos.

Barrow Park is a municipal park with bowling greens, a café, miniature railway, putting green, boating lake, a skate park, and children’s play area. The Park leisure centre is also here and features two swimming pools, a sports hall, all-weather pitch, and gym.

Barrow’s only cinema, the Vue, is located at Hollywood Park. Other attractions include Cumbria Karting, an indoor go kart track, and Barrow Golf Club.

Barrow AFC, the town’s football club, plays their home fixtures at the Holker Street stadium. The rugby league team, Barrow Raiders, are based at Craven Park.

Shops & Shopping Centres

Barrow is the most popular shopping area on the Furness Peninsula. Portland Walk is a large open air shopping centre anchored by a large Debenhams department store.

Over 80 independent traders ply their wares at Barrow Indoor Market, one of the largest in Cumbria. Stalls offer regional produce such as Morecambe Bay potted shrimps, Cumberland sausages, and Kendal mint cake. Market days are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Hollywood Park is a retail and leisure park with 6 screen cinema, bingo hall, and several fast food outlets. Other retail parks in Barrow include Cornerhouse Park, Hindpool Retail Park, and Walney Road Retail Park.

Transport

Car

Leave the M6 motorway at Junction 36 and follow the A590 to Barrow.

Visitors coming from the Lake District should follow the A592 from Ullswater/Windermere until it joins with the A590 to Barrow.

Barrow has a good selection of pay-and-display car parks. The largest are at Portland Walk and Market Street. A full list of car parks, together with applicable charges, is available on the Barrow Borough Council website.

Train

Barrow train station is located in the town centre (address and postcode – Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 5QZ).

Northern Rail operates services between Carlisle and Lancaster. Stops include Maryport, Workington, Whitehaven, and Barrow.

First TransPennine Express runs trains from Barrow to Manchester Airport, calling at Dalton, Ulverston, Grange-over-Sands, Lancaster, Preston, Bolton, and Manchester Piccadilly.

For train times and ticket prices visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

Air

Barrow/Walney Island Airport is currently only used for private flights. The nearest commercial passenger airports are Blackpool International Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport.

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