Barrow in Furness... Where the Lakes meet the Sea
Situated at the tip of the Furness peninsula on the shores of Morecambe Bay and only 20 minutes from the English Lake District, Barrow-in-Furness projects into the Irish Sea with Morecambe Bay to the south and the Duddon Estuary to the north.
The area has a fascinating history including settlement by Vikings and Cistercian Monks. For its history or local nature reserves please explore this website further. There are many sporting opportunities, Portland Walk shopping development, super stores, Hollywood Park with its multiplex cinema, health club and restaurants, and the the forum an award-winning theatre pleasantly surprise many visitors.
The ancient market town of Dalton, formerly the capital of Furness and birthplace of George Romney the renowned portrait painter, lies a few miles to the north and is home to South Lakes Wild Animal Park and nearby Sandscale Haws.
Horse back riding along the miles of sandy beaches, bird sanctuaries and nature reserves offer a haven for those searching for peace and tranquillity.
Discover A Victorian planned town
Barrow is a bustling Victorian town with wide tree-lined streets and a wealth of fine buildings typified by the imposing red sandstone Town Hall. The great covered building of BAE Systems Submarine Solutions Devonshire Dock Hall dominates the skyline in the southern part of the town and symbolises its continued prosperity derived from a long association with shipbuilding and maritime activities.
Many towns are affected by industry intruding on residential districts but in Barrow, commercial and industrial activity is restricted to areas along Walney Channel, leaving the central, eastern and northern parts of the town unspoiled.
The Port of Barrow serves in an offshore support role as well as trading in other specialist cargoes and as a cruise ship port. It is sheltered by the 10 miles expanse of Walney Island.
See more about Walney Island at www.walney-island.com/.
Barrow is Cumbria's largest Town where major national stores such as Debenhams, New Look and Marks and Spencer mingle with local specialist shops in a spacious pedestrianised town centre. The big names can be found in Portland Walk and along Dalton Road whilst Cavendish Street, Scott Street, Buccleuch Street, Rawlinson Street, Crellin Street, and Portland Walk Arcade offer a wide variety of independent retailers offering exceptional value, variety and personal service.
For the bargain hunter, Barrow's Indoor Market has over 80 stalls and is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm and an outdoor market in the adjacent Portland Walk Market Square is held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tel 07730314684
At the forefront of technological progress, with a tradition of unparalleled engineering skills, the town is a cradle of manufacturing yet retains a pleasant market town character surrounded by countryside and sea. Many sites of interest are to be found from the magnificent ruins of Furness Abbey and the charming mysteries of Piel Castle, to peaceful expanses at Roanhead with breath taking views of Black Combe to the north.
For connoisseurs of night life and entertainment Barrow can boast a wealth of excellent restaurants, good clubs, discotheques, lively pubs and an innovative arts programme. The people of Barrow are well known for their friendly caring attitude and any visitor to the district is soon made to feel at home.
A wide range of events and special attractions, including carnivals and festivals, take place throughout the year.