Barrow is supposedly Cumbria's premier shopping town, I think a few people would disagree with that. I suppose It all depends on what you are after. It does have designer shops, cheaper clothes shops, most major department and superstores as well as smaller shops. It has a vast amount of charity shops and the long -standing indoor market where most things can be bought.
Barrow's latest retail casualty is Littlewoods, which has recently closed but I think that is nationwide.As the retail giants move out to the retail parks, shops continue to close in the town centre. The fact that parking is difficult in Barrow probably has a lot to do with this.There is extremely limited parking by shops in the town centre in just a couple of places. There are pay and display car-parks but those nearest the shops are always full.
What to buy: Barrow probably has the greatest number of supermarkets per square foot than any other town in England.
What to pay: A lot of Barrow's shops are "cheap type" so bargains are to be had. Chain shops, I guess, prices are the same nationwide.
The main shopping streets in Barrow lead off from one another - These are Dalton Road, the older of the two, and Portland Walk which was only developed in the last 10 years. You can find most popular High Street shops on these roads (just in case you ever need an emergency trip to Woolworths or Boots!)
Leading off from Dalton Road are smaller streets Cavendish Street, Scott Street & Buccleugh Street, which offer a few small boutiques and specialist shops - Check out Ragz, Gees & Scotts on Scott Street for good designer wear - but it's only cheap in the sales!
These smaller streets also offer the majority of Barrow's Pubs and restaurants.
What to buy: In Barrow????? the usual stuff - we're quite good for clothes shopping.
What to pay: It's worth hunting for a bargain - normal UK prices apply throughout.
Dalton Road used to be all the high street stores but most of those have moved to Portland Walk now leaving room for the smaller boutique shops. Admittedly, there's not as much variety as in the city but it's still nice to find different things. Murray's Chemist (as unlikely as it sounds) has fantastic jewellery, pashminas, ornaments and handbags and there's always a sale.
There's also NS2 which sells dancewear - not very good quality but cheap if your looking for something you'll only wear once... and Le Chic at the top which is similar. Wardrobe sells more expensive formal wear.
This street is the new part of the town. Portland Walk was built about ten years ago and is flled with high street shops: River Island, Topshop, New Look, Boots, Ottakers, WH Smith, Bay Trading, Dorothy Perkins, Debenhams, Jessops..... The whole shebang.