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.
Hotels and places to stay include the Duke of Edinburgh, a 4-star hotel in Barrow town centre close to the train station, and Abbey House next to Furness Abbey.
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.
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 and also houses Barrow Tourist Information Centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.