VACATION & HOLIDAY GUIDE TO
CUMBRIA & THE LAKE DISTRICT
The Town Hall, Barrow.
On the tip of
NE on the
N via the A595
Barrow-in-Furness is second in size in Cumbria to Carlisle and of great importance not only to the people of the Furness Peninsular but to the economy of the county as a whole. There is much redevelopment now going on in the town centre to expand the already large shopping area rivalling Carlisle's with stores such as Marks & Spencer and McDonalds. This should prove popular with visitors to the town as well as the residents.
Barrow is surrounded by charming villages and places of interest: The Dock Museum, Furness Abbey, Piel and Dalton Castles and other castles and forts, nature reserves, stone circles, an ancient burial chamber and a working watermill plus lots more for you to discover. Barrow-in-Furness has put up a plan for a multi-million pound development for visitors to the Lake District, a short drive to the north, to enjoy in inclement weather. However, you should not wait for rain in the Lake District before visiting the town: there are already reasons aplenty to come and accommodation to rival the best in the county.
This is a young town, developed in 1839 as a port to export ore mined in the area. Later it even had a brief spell in the aircraft industry - building airships on Walney Island where there is a small Airport. Shipbuilding of one sort or another has been a major industry in the town from its beginnings, and the VSEL yard builds nuclear submarines for the Royal Navy.