Barrow in Furness Travel Guide

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Barrow in Furness Highlights

  • Pro
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    mistressmau says…

     Good to access all areas and in the heart of the lakes 

  • Con
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    spidermiss says…

     Has a very industrial and tired feel to the town! 

  • In a nutshell
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     a funny little town with more pubs that it knows what to do with 

Barrow in Furness Things to Do

  • Furness Abbey

    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...

  • Furness Marksmen, Shooting Club

    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...

  • What To Do On A Freezing Cold Easter...

    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,...

  • Lounging around

    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...

  • Visit Furness Abbey

    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.

  • Go Boating on the Park Lake

    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...


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Barrow in Furness Restaurants

  • Typical Pub Menu

    We have eaten at the Strawberry Hotel in Barrow twice recently, both times with our sons who have healthy appetites.The pub is large with plenty of dining space but i have to say on both occassions the place was not fantastically warm.The menu offers a good variety of meals from burgers to baguettes and there are different offers on on different...

  • Land Ahoy....

    This floating restaurant used to be a train ferry, plying to and fro in the Baltic, until it became redundant. It was later turned into a floating restaurant and years later, brought to Barrow by a Barrow entrepeneur and refurbed once again as a restaurant and night club.Nowadays, it is moored in Town Quay, next to Morrison's carpark and is a...

  • Locally made food

    Visit Abbey Mill coffee shop to experience the most divine, homemade, local cuisine. Here they provide catering of the highest standards and believe in the best quality for the customers.The delicous scones, cranberry teacakes & homemade cakes are baked onsite daily and are ready for you to enjoy with your freshly prepared latte, cappuccino, hot...

  • worst experience ever dont go

    Myself and the fiance go to cumbria every christmas for a weekend to relax just before the big day this year we went to barrow, this is the second time, and we go for a child free relax and to have a good drink ,were from near bradford so the place is simalar to us just different scenery, we like a good curry as were near bradford curry capital and...

  • Great Place for Carvery!

    My Aunty took me there for a carvery. It's a chain pub that has a restaurant/family section. We paid around 6 gbp each for the carvery and a drink. The carvery consisted of turkey, gammon and beef, vegetables and potatoes alongside the usual condiments.The portions were generous and it was an enjoyable and satisfying meal.

  • Definitely An Experience....!!!

    As we were in Barrow and had managed to get parked for an hour, we decided to give this place a try. Menus are displayed outside and we wewre attracted by the two meals for £5.95. Unbelievable, how can they do that?Upon walking in, we noticed the place was throbbing.The atmosphere was like some city centre pub, noisy with conversation. The...


Barrow in Furness Nightlife

  • The Boat

    This is rather cool.... For nearly a year now we've had the excellent Princess Selandia to keep us entertained until 6am on a Sunday morning. We call this nightclub "The Boat" because that's exactly what she is! Permanently docked outside Morrison is a huge ship who used to carry passengers around Europe but now rests in Barrow while hundreds of...

  • we're trying to get "with it"

    The recently refurbished Bar Five was once the cheesy "99 Cabaret Club", a popular pick-up spot for contracters and bored housewives. It's now trying to revamp it's image and become a chic little late bar cum disco. Bar Five serves snacks during the day and plays chart music during the evening into the early hours of the morning. It's still a bit...

  • Sportsbar Local

    This is our local. There are three areas in this pub: The Snooker tables area where only serious players hang around, The sports bar part which shows all the live football on a big screen and is spacious and airy with pool tables, and then there's the lounge area with carpets and curtains, a juke box and live music on a Friday.


Barrow in Furness Transportation

  • Barrow to Kendal Express

    This is a very useful bus service, running hourly from Barrow to Kendal, calling at Ulverston, Haverthwaite, Newby Bridge, High Newton, Lindale and Grange and then on to Kendal. I am not sure which villages the bus stops at after Grange, I normally use the service to travel to Grange as a cheaper alternative to the train.Although a great sevice,...

  • Meenee Cab!!!

    Here you go... A list of Taxi numbers for anyone caught out & about in Barrow - Save them in your mobile before a night out! +44 1229 43 43 43 (Accacia)+44 1229 83 83 83 (A-Z Cars)+44 1229 823 200 (JC Cars)+44 1229 430 430 (Coastline)

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Barrow in Furness Shopping

  • The New Street

    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.

  • The Old Street

    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...

  • Barrow shopping

    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...


Barrow in Furness Local Customs

  • Submarine Launches

    2007 saw the launch of the Astute submarine, built by BAE. at Barrow. These launchings always attract large crowds of ocals and in fact, when was at school on Walney, we would always walk dwn as a whole school and watch the event from Walney prom. Nowadays, I think its not quite as big an issue, not as many ships built and the health and safety...

  • Do The "Rollo Run"

    I'm not sure about the history of the Rollo Run, but for as long as I've been old enough to drink alcohol I've known of the tradition. Popular for stag nights, works parties, birthdays and general Big Nights Out the Rollo Run is a pub crawl along one of the most heavily bar-populated streets in Barrow: Rawlinson Street. This Barrovian initiation...

  • Barrow's Main Man........

    B.A.E. Systems, or Vickers as everyone knows it, was Barrow's main employer. It started life asThe Barrow Ship Building Company in 1871 and was bought by Vickers Armstrong in 1897 and in later years went through a series of owners, ending currently with BAESystems.The first boat to be launched from the yard was the steam yacht Aries, in 1873. Over...


Barrow in Furness Warnings and Dangers

  • Barrow's Ugly Face......

    Although Barrow is in the process of a re-vamp, there are parts that the council seem to have forgotten about or blatantly abandoned.Shops come and go and some retail buildings remain empty for long periods, taking on an air of neglect. The worst area as far as most people are concerned is on the Duke Street/Dalton Road end where the ugly 60's...

  • A590

    Barrow has a reputation for being the town at the end of the longest cul-de-sac. This is the A590. It has claimed many lives and for some reason seems to be one of the worst roads in Cumbria. Parts are dual carriageway and others are narrow and twisting. Drivers who don't know the road become impatient and take risks, often resulting in tragedy.One...

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Barrow in Furness Off The Beaten Path

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    Looking to Piel Island from Roa Island 3 more images

    by nickandchris Written Mar 3, 2006

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    Roa Island is a small community in Barrow, with pop. around 100. It's attached to the village of Rampside by a mile long causeway. This causeway road leads to the coast and the end of the line. Here, there is a pretty swish, newish lifeboat station, looking out onto Piel Channel, Piel Island and Walney Island. A ferry, which is nothing grander than a very small boat with an outboard, transports tourists and locals across the water to Piel Island, where they can explore the remains of Piel Castle and have a drink at the pub. A pleasant summer's day outing.
    At Roa Island, there is also the boat club, a cafe and a pub. Oh, and some new, very swish (according to Nick) public toilets. A popular spot with the boating brigade.
    Foulney Island, just off Roa Island, is little more than a stony spit stretching into the channnel, usually cut off from the mainland at high tide. It is a nature reserve where breeding terns, plovers, oyster-catchers and eiders congregate. There is a parking area here, from which you can walk along the spit.

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Barrow in Furness Sports & Outdoors

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    by nickandchris Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    Barrow Leisure Centre has an all weather football pitch which can be hired out to both individual groups and football teams. The pitch can be divided in two so if there are only a few of you, it's not too big. It also makes the hiring cost cheaper.

    Philip decided he would like to hire one part of it for him and his friends for his birthday. For 45 mins, the cost was only £5 which I thought was great value. It gave the boys a safe, mud-free place to have a good old kick about. Fortunately it was a glorious day so I didn't mind standing around watching. It was the next part of the birthday deal I wasn't keen on......Pizza Hut and unlimited ice-cream!!!!!

    Can only book one week in advance.

    Equipment: No studded football boots.

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    Ferry Hotel,Walney (ex channel crossing to Barrow) 4 more images

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Walney Island is a ten mile extension of Barrow, accessed by a lifting bridge over Walney Channel. The channel seperates Barrow from Walney and before the bridge was built the only way to Barrow was by small ferry. It's hard to believe that Walney still only has one point of access. I know it's a worrying thought for the locals if there is ever a major incident on Walney. Imagine all the islanders trying to flee Walney at the same time over a single bridge!!!
    I lived on Walney from the age of four until I was ten and loved it. The freedom we had to wander the lanes, the woods and beaches. We would spend hours blackberrying or making dens or scrambling amongst the rock pools on Walney's beaches.
    There even used to be an outdoor swimming pool which was a magnet to us after school in the summer. I believe this was closed down due to poor hygiene when some nasty virus infected the water.
    Still, we had the sea to swim in . Walney has miles of sandy beaches which are popular with old and young alike. Sand-dunes back some of them and there are two nature reserves, one at either end of the island.
    Walney has it's own airfield where budding pilots potter about. Gliding is an extremely popular pastime here. It's interesting to watch them from the beach.
    The channel is the place to launch local boats, many larger ones being resident in the channel all year round. From here, you can circumnavigate the island.
    There are major concerns as to the survival of Walney, it being such low-lying land. During extreme gales and high tides, the island is occasionally broached resulting in serious flooding and the village of Biggar becoming cut off. Sea defences are forever being rebuilt in the desperate fight to preserve the community.

    Fondest memory: On a red hot summer's day, sneaking off to the beach for an hour at lunch time for a quick swim. Because the sands are so flat and the sea so shallow, the sea becomes incredibly warm as it washes in over the sun-warmed sand.

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