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Welcome to the Port of Barrow.

The Port of Barrow, situated on the north-west coast of England, is the largest deep-water port between Liverpool and Scotland, making it the ideal maritime gateway to the English Lake District.  

P&O cruises are planning to bring the Adonia to Barrow on 22nd June 2014.  The ship will dock on number 4 berth and arrive at 7.30 am and sail at 7.30 pm. 

Local taxi companies such as A1 taxis, will be operating private tours from the port see Lake District Tours below.

Shuttle buses will operate from the quayside to the Town Hall commencing at 9 am. 

A free Heritage bus service will operate to Furness Abbey commencing at 9.30 am and also stopping at The Dock Museum.  A timetable for this will be published shortly.

Stagecoach in Cumbria operate scheduled bus services from Barrow Town Hall.  The No 6 goes to Ulverston, Haverthwaite Railway Station, Newby Bridge, Grange-over-Sands and Kendal.  The X6 goes to Ulverston, Haverthwaite Railway Station, Bowness Ferry Pier and Windermere Railway Station.  NOW cards are accepted on these services.   For a timetable

For port enquiries please contact

For passenger enquiries and general tourist information enquiries to Barrow Borough Council please contact


Facilities available to Cruise Passengers at the port of Barrow

Disembarking passengers and crew can be assured of a warm Cumbrian welcome of musical entertainment, stalls selling souvenirs and local crafts.  A Tourist Information Point in a marquee on the quayside and a shuttle bus service is provided for passengers and crew into the Town Centre and to the Dock Museum.  The Team from Barrow will be on the quayside to welcome you and assist with enquiries, information and guidance.

An introduction to local attractions and further information about access to and from the Port of Barrow are available for download in our Cruise Information Pack (MS Word 121 Kb).

Information about the area is available in the Tourism and Travel section of this web site.

Also available for download are Street Maps, Tourism Walking leaflets for the Barrow Area and the  following link for the Barrow Tourist leaflet.

Barrow Port and Transport Information

  • Dock or Anchor?:  Dock alongside no 4 berth accessible off Cavendish Dock Road
  • Is pier wheelchair accessible? Yes
  • Distance from Gangway to bus: Immediately adjacent
  • Distance Pier from Town Centre 1.4 miles. Can You Walk?  Shuttle buses will be provided free of charge but it is possible to walk.
  • Taxis Available at Pier? Yes Cost to Town Centre:  £3. US$ Accepted?  No.
    Taxi contact details are included in the Cruise Information Pack (MS Word 113 KB).
  • Taxis Metered?  Yes   Hourly Rate:  £20.
  • Lake District Tours contact A1 taxis
  • Blue Badge Driver Guide Tours contact Cumbrian Discoveries
  • Phones Available at Pier? No, nearest in Town Centre behind the Town Hall and on Dalton Road.  Payphones are also available at the Tourist Office in Forum. – phone cards and currency is available  the  from post office nearby.
  • Bureau de Change: Thomson, Thomas Cook, First Choice and Co-op Travel and Post Office on Dalton Road, Provident Finance and Post Office on Duke Street
  • Cash Point: There is a cash point in Wilkinson's opposite the Town Hall and Tesco opposite the Dock Museum
  • Car Hire: Hertz Tel 01229 836666;  Enterprise Tel 01229 820055, (can be booked on line and passengers collected from quayside).

How to Get to


Distance from Ship

Taxi Cost


3.4 miles


Train Station

2 miles     


Bus Station

1.4 miles


Ferry Terminal



Shopping Centre

1.4 miles



120 miles


Catholic Church

1.4 miles


Protestant Church

1.1 miles





Cyber Cafe

1.6 miles


Tourist Information Centre desk       

On the Quayside 



1.4 miles



A selection of Passenger comments from the visits 

I feel that I must write and congratulate you and your staff who put on such a warm welcome to Barrow last week.

Tahitian PrincessWe were fortunate to be one of four British couples on the Tahitian Princess when she sailed in last week. The reception, the facilities and effort put in by your staff made us proud to be English. I am also able to tell you that it was the talk of the ship at Dinner that evening and many people around us (all Americans) said that they would be coming back as the area could not be covered in one day. It also seemed that quite a few people spent considerable sums of money whilst ashore which can't be bad for the local economy.
We would be grateful if you could pass on our thanks to those concerned as it also made it such a memorable day for us as well.
Liz and Keith Frost


My husband and I arrived in Barrow on May 22 and we received the most wonderful warm welcome that we could ever imagine.   Thank you so  much for all that you and your government agencies did to arrange the bands, dancers, tent with money exchange and crafts, etc.  We were all so excited to receive such a wonderful welcome.  Your residents were out on a peninsula waving at us and watching us arrive; other townspeople came out to the lock to see us depart.  Again, we have taken around 15 cruises and never received such a fantastic reception!  We will recommend Barrow to all of our friends and hope to visit there again someday. Regards Maurice and Evelyn Heuss, Deland, Florida, USA PS  We enjoyed the Dock museum very much and your free shuttle bus was such a help to all!


Deborah Cosper Hughs "Thank you for a most perfect day due to the amazing hospitality of your town and your people.  I love my country but could imagine living here"  "I was so moved by the graciousness of your town!  Loved the band"
Katherine Cosper "Most gracious reception very organised.  Simply a great day and visit.  Thank you so much!"
Sue Davis "Loved the area, I would like to return and stay for a week or so to see more"
Lucia de la Torre "It's a lovely town and the people are friendly and helpful... Thank you!
"The Dockyard Museum was excellent ... Thank you very much"
Teresa Osbeck "Best welcome of any port"
Joseph Milliner "I am a New Yorker and am not used to such sincere kindness.  A warm welcome"
Eileen Roeker "People were very friendly and helpful.  A beautiful city, tulips added colour.  Dock Museum was great"

"To the Residents of Barrow
Thank you.
We feel you were bombarded today with 600+ total strangers and to be able to handle, all at one time, this number of passengers can be quite a challenge.  It is our opinion you handled this challenge extremely well.
We took a cab to the Lake District and saw Lake Windermere, Beatrix Potter Attraction, Rydal Mount, St. Mary's Church at Rydal Mount and Furness Abbey.  We had dinner at Chevita - excellent food and staff was great.
We cannot thank you enough for making our day in Barrow and the surrounding area such an enjoyable and very scenic experience.  Neil was our cab driver (A1 Taxis) and we spent 5 1/2 hours with him and he did an excellent job taking us around and showing us as much as we could see in such a short time period.  God willing - we would like to return and see more of this area.
Thank you for all your hard work, friendliness and information sent prior to our arrival.  We can only hope the passengers from the Tahitian were as pleasant, courteous and friendly to all those they met today in Barrow and the Lake District.
Thank you for all your hard work and making us feel so welcome. 
Craig Haraghian and Ann Matthews"