The impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England, including much of the east end and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house and the cloister buildings.
English Heritage is undertaking emergency conservation works to stop the ruined Abbey church sinking into the soft ground. This follows earlier routine inspections which revealed serious cracks in the walls. Medieval masons used large pieces of oak in the foundations and after 500 years, this timber is now gradually giving way.
Recently, while excavating the grave of a prosperous medieval abbot, a hoard of medieval treasures was discovered at Furness Abbey. Curators have hailed the discovery of the first crozier to be excavated in Britain in over 50 years and an impressive gemstone ring has also been uncovered.
I highly recommend Furness Marksmen Pistol and Air Rifle Shooting Range in Roose, Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria.
I am a regular member since January 2010 after searching for something to do in Barrow. To find the shooting range was only 5 minutes around the corner from where i live..thanks to Angling and Hiking, Rollinson Street Barrow.
The Club has a 45 yard shooting range, club air rifle, 200bar air bottle and much more. Our members welcoming, friendly and helpful.
For me, there is no better way to spend my Saturday mornings from 09:00-12:00 with their dedicated hft course and great atmosphere. Even though i don't shoot firearms, Wednesdays 18:00-22:30 are a nice way to spend an evening.
Shooting is not only a sport of many forms but it can even become a part of your lifestyle.
From a relaxing plink to hunting and competitive shooting.
Join team Furness Marksmen and participate in HFT competitions around the north west and the Uk.
Visit the Website i created with more infomation, a local map and directions to the club
Many years ago, we visited the Model Railway Exhibition in Barrow, always held over the Easter weekend. As we were going to be at home this Easter, we decided to pay a re-visit.
Now, I'm not a model railway enthusiast but I quite enjoy admiring the wonderfully detailed layouts, especially the old vehicles and buildings. Nick is more into his trains, dutifully making sure our boys had a trainset that he gained more pleasure from than they did ..... Isn't that always the way? Anyway, I decided I had better go along with him for moral support, as Philip wasn't showing much enthusiasm.
There were a couple of really large layouts which obviously attracted a large crowd and rightly so. There was so much detail to take in, I reckon you could have spent a good ten minutes and still not have taken everything in. I know we are talking about real enthusiasts here, but the amount of time that must be put in is unbelievable.
Actually, my favourite stand was a small mountain railway with a hand made working steam train chuffing through the tunnels.
There is also a section for model boats and again, we are talking about such love and devotion applied to these models. Just amazing.
Throughout the exhibition there are various stalls selling the usual train accessories etc. and the odd stall selling anything that would attract children, I guess!!!
I have to admit we didn't spend a great deal of time at the exhibition and not being enthusiasts, probably wouldn't bother going again for a good few years. Still, it was good to get out of the cold wind whistling around Barrow......
Admission was £3.60 per adult. Open Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday, annually.
If you are looking for a night out i suggest the lounge in the centre of barrow. Not as hectic as the nearby clubs and kareoke friday and saturday nights with Andy.
Great staff (of which my fience is one) good laugh and if anyone asks anything that happerns at the bar is all Daz's fault.
If taking a look mention it to my fience of friday nights, ask for rachel or tom
The ruins of Furness Abbey are the most beautiful, serene places in Barrow, complimented by the museum and The Abbey Tavern close by. The history is fascinating but best told by the professionals - I would only get it wrong - besides, you don't need to know the history to appreciate the beauty.... the pictures speak for themselves.
This is a fantastic way to spend a sunny afternoon in Barrow. The Park Lake has recently been drained and cleaned and is now alovely place to stroll past or boat upon! There's a new fountain / water jet installed in the middle of the lake... if your not careful you can get completely drenched whilst boating!
It costs £6 for one rowing boat which can hold up to six people for 45 minutes. There are also kyaks and canoes available for hire. Just see the staff in the boathouse.
Although Barrow is right on the coast, I think it would still surprise many people to know we have some quite beautiful beaches. I can think of three straight away. The Coast Road, West Shore & Roanhead.
Roanhead is my favourite. It's further out than the others and goes on for about 3 miles (I'm guessing) so it's often quieter. The grey Irish Sea washes a 20 meters stretch of powder white sand making up the main beach. The best thing about Roanhead is that the main beach is hidden by huge sand dunes. These are great fun to climb, fall down or hide in between with someone you love :)
Behind the dunes is a nature trail which leads through a beautiful country walk.
West Shore is the easiest to get to and so this beach is very popular in Summer. This is a rocky pebble beach that gives way to a muddy kind of sand - the kind that's had too much rain but is good for building sandcastles. People used to swim in the sea here and I believe alot of people still see in every New Year in these waters (and I mean while it's still dark!) but it is suffering from pollution and, sadly, I don't think I will swim here again. West Shore is on Walney Island which is conected to Barrow by bridge. Buses go here regularly.
Finally, The Coast Road... This is a stretch of beach that travels along the coast out of Barrow. Well, actually, The Coast Road is the busy main road that runs right beside the beach, but the whole stretch is generally called the same. It's popular in the summer with ice-cream vans lining the length.
This museum was built for the people of Barrow, initially, but is an excellent, free of charge tourist amenity. It is built over an original Victorian dry dock.
There are exhibits of real model ships, built in the shipyard.
Computer interactives based on ships, excellent fun for the children.
There is a display of Barrow during the second world war, telling of the suffering during the blitz.
Shipbuilders to the World exhibition and film show.
Wonderful adventure playground. Get the children in here and you'll never be allowed to leave.
Free admission and free car parking.
Channelside walk, looking over Walney channel.
Open all year.
It's just a great place to go for a walk, a look around and for the children to play.
Barrow has a lovely 45 acre recreational park, recently re-furbed from lottery money.
It's a pleasantly landscaped area, ideal for a leisurely stroll on a nice day. There are two childrens' play areas, a large boating lake where you can hire rowing boats, a new cafe in the restored pavilion, crown green bowling, a re-furbed band stand and even a miniature railway!! Barrow's Leisure Centre is also here with it's swimming pool and all the usual leisure activities.
There is also an Astro turf football pitch, popular with training teams.
The park is home to a wide variety of ornamental flowers and trees and is a nice place to take youngsters for picnics where they can feed the geese and ducks on the pond. The boating pond is often a hive of industry when locals with their radio-controlled boats come for a play. These are usually older men, not boys!!!!
There used to be live groups performing around the band-stand on certain Sundays when locals would come and support the live music scene.A pleasant way to spend a nice summer's afternoon.
The park is also home to Barrow's cenotaph.
I had a wander round here the other day on a beautiful sunny, frosty day. I must admit, I was impressed with the refurbing of everything and it all looked spick and span. The boating pond was frozen over in places and the bowling green had a layer of frost covering it. With the winter sun doing it's best, it was all most picturesque.
This is a walk that takes you along the north east side of Walney Channel, from the Barrow side and then joins with the Cumbria Coast Walk. It's one of Barrow's recent improvements and has opened up views across the channel to Walney. An easy, flat walk until you reach the old steel-works slag heaps which have been sown with grass to disguise their one time ugly appearance. Even this part is not difficult.
There are various access points to the walk, from Barrow's industrial estate on Park Road. Most people park for free at the Dock Museum and walk from there.
Good views over to Walney's airfield and the north end of the island, not accessible by car.
For the last few years, Barrow has held it's own Festival of the Sea. This is a series of events throughout the year, based on and around the sea. These include or have included:
Walney Airshow on the old airfield where various aerial and ground displays take place, involving many old planes. We watched some of this from one of the beaches nearby and were enthralled.
Various events and exhibitions at the dock Museum.
A walking festival
Festival of sail where sailing vessels of all shapes and sizes are in Barrow for the public to view.
Powerboat Grand Prix in the port. Very fast, noisy and exciting.
Lots of boat races.
Concerts, fireworks and much more.
All part of Barrow's new image as a tourist destination. From what I can gather, people were up in arms art the prices they had to pay. Other Sea Festivals around the country have been free admission. Barrow will have to buck it's ideas up.
piel castle is the bestest place ever!!! i used to spend every summer here either camping or sleeping in the bunk house or in the pub. i was friends with the land lord little girl (she is a princess) the castle is fab i think i got to see more of it than the average visiter because we had acess to the keys!! if you visit this wonderfull little island do not sit in the old chair in the pub, anyone who sits in this chair has to buy everyone in the pub a drink (i nearly sat in it at the age of 10). they have an annual "swimm round the island fun raiser" it is freezing but a fun day and it raises money for some worthy causes. legend has it that there is an under ground passage between piel castle and furness abbey used for smuggeling but i've never found it. visit piel
I've cheated - This place is really in Dalton! But since it's only 4 miles away, I hope they'll understand!
This is a wonderful place. As you drive into Barrow on the A590, you can see Lions padding in a field to your right! Truly fantastic! South Lakes Wild Animal Park is a zoo with a difference - It's actually classed as a "conservation park" and they really deserve the title.
The best place to read about this spot is on their website - all I can say is it's cheap, easy to reach from Barrow (if in doubt - grab a taxi - +44 1229 43 43 43), and it's a brilliant day out for kids & adults alike.