Things to do in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Welcome to Barrow-in-Furness - the historic maritime gateway to the Furness Peninsula. One of the best-kept secrets in Britain, Barrow is a Victorian town with a proud heritage of innovation, surrounded by beautiful beaches and inspiring scenery. It is a destination of surprises.
Discover the proud maritime, industrial and social heritage of Barrow-in-Furness at the Dock Museum, Barrow's flagship attraction. A spectacular modern museum, straddling an original Victorian Graving Dock. Furness Abbey, founded in 1127, is a magnificent ruin of one of the wealthiest Cistercian abbeys in England. The adjacent Custodian's cottage gives a fascinating insight into medieval life.
Piel castle, a 14th century defensive stronghold on remote Piel Island, can be reached by ferry. Meet the King of Piel in the Public House.
Barrow is the Lake District's Premier Shopping Town, where major high street names mingle with local specialist shops in a spacious pedestrianised town centre. Barrow has an indoor market with over 100 stalls and is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as the outdoor market held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Barrow has an excellent choice of pubs, cafes and restaurants, which offer international cuisine as well as local Cumbrian fayre.
Hollywood Park is an exciting new leisure facility, with restaurants, shops, cinema, health club, superbowl Cumbria's only 10 pin bowling complex and bingo. Park Leisure Centre is also a superb fitness suite, and boasts South Cumbria's only free-form leisure pool with wave machine, flume and water cannons.
Barrow Park set in 45 acres has stunning floral displays, miniature railway, children's play area, crown green bowling, boating and football.
Barrow and the island of Walney, offer a selection of scenic walks, with new Coastal Footpaths, Greenways and Cycleways. The coastline boasts two internationally renowned nature reserves. The south Walney reserve is home to 60,000 birds including the largest mixed colony of herring gulls in Europe, whilst the North Walney Nature reserve protects the rare Natterjack toad and the Walney geranium.
Walney Channel and the coast of Roa Island, offer excellent watersports including sailing, windsurfing and sea fishing. Barrow has three excellent golf courses and a driving range.