The “Gateway to the lakes”, Barrow in Furness, an industrial seaport town in Cumbria, has much more to offer than being a base camp for Lake District exploring. Barrow in Furness enjoys a long and varied history that can be viewed throughout the town with various buildings, including the recent multi-million pound development on the Marina.
The Dock Museum is a great place to start your historic journey, with many exhibitions and boats on view, as well as a great selection of fun activities for the kids. The town has a great indoor market, with plenty of excellent retail facilities, which continues down the high-street where you will also discover Cumbria’s largest cinema in the Hollywood Park Leisure Facility.
But it’s not all hustle and bustle of city life in the Lake District’s Barrow in Furness, as there are many nature reserves and golf courses to be enjoyed with beautiful surroundings.
The Dock Museum, North Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 2PW (01229) 876400
Barrow-in-Furness has had a museum since 1907. It was re-located to its present location; an historic graving dock; in 1994.
The Dock Museum now exhibits a large collection of objects from the social and industrial history of the Furness area.
Furness Abbey, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA13 0PJ (01229) 823420
Located in a wooded valley, the striking remains of Furness Abbey have a long and distinct history.
Originally constructed in the 12th Century, the abbey has been referred to by William Wordsworth and etched by J.M.W. Turner. It is also believed that a young Theodore Roosevelt (the former US president) visited there with his family in the mid-1860s.