A maritime town on the Furness Peninsula, Barrow-in-Furness is a little-known Victorian gem with a range of attractions highlighting the city’s natural wonders. Barrow-in-Furness is also blessed with beaches, indoor markets, parks, museums and an offshore castle.
Things to Do
Delve into the town’s history at the Dock Museum, where you can learn about its maritime and social heritage. The modern museum is perched on an original Victorian graving dock and features ship models, films and interactive exhibits. Travel back even further in time at the 12th-century Furness Abbey, which portrays medieval life in its former custodian’s cottage.
Hop aboard a ferry at Poa Island to reach Piel Island and its 14th-century Piel Castle. Explore the former defence stronghold that protected the town from pirates and Scottish raiders and admire its historic towers, baileys and keeps. Outdoor enthusiasts can spend the afternoon sailing or windsurfing along the coast of Roa Island and the Walney Channel.
Walk along the Coastal Footpath to find Walney Nature Reserve, home to about 60,000 mixed-colony birds. Back in town, the pedestrianised city centre is full of modern shops, pubs and cafes serving traditional Cumbrian cuisine. Visit the thriving indoor market in Barrow Market Hall to browse specialty items, crafts, spices and street-food stalls.
Travelling with the family? Head over to Barrow Park for outdoor activities, including boating, miniature railway rides, crown green bowling and fun on a playground. Step inside Hollywood Park to enjoy its cinema, 10-pin bowling lanes and a free-form swimming pool with water cannons and a wave machine.
Getting around Barrow-in-Furness
Regular buses and taxis offer transportation around the city. You can pick up a rental car from Blackpool Airport, about 40 kilometres away.