With the sea on three sides and the Lakes on the other, Barrow-in-Furness makes the most of its enviable location. A range of walking and cycling routes from the town centre provides easy access to internationally renowned wildlife sites, beautiful sandy beaches and fascinating features of historical and industrial heritage.
This Victorian town has a proud heritage of production and innovation founded on the ready availability of local coal and iron ore supplies. In the 19th century, Barrow rapidly developed into one of the major ship building towns of the country and reflected this prosperity in wide, tree-lined streets and a wealth of sandstone buildings typified by the imposing Town Hall.
For centuries Furness was part of Lancashire and being an isolated northern outpost it was left quietly undisturbed until the mid-19th century, in fact The name ‘Furness’ is derived from ‘Far Ness’ (or ‘distant headland’) – its remoteness being one of the main reasons why the monks chose to build an abbey here.
The arrival of the Furness Railway in 1846 made it much easier to transport iron ore and slate out of the area. Within 40 years, Barrow went from being a small village on a remote headland to a large industrial town with railway, docks, iron/steelworks and a thriving shipyard.
Presently the town offers visitors a range of attractions, shops, activities and events in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, where visitors can enjoy a beach holiday, Lake District retreat or action packed stay, all in one Northern Industrial town.
The Barrow Super Soapbox Challenge event will return for a 2nd year on Sunday 24th May 2020. This bank holiday date offers visitors more opportunities to Visit Barrow and not
The Barrow Super Soapbox Challenge event will return for a 2nd year on Sunday 24th May 2020. This bank holiday date offers visitors more opportunities to Visit Barrow and not only enjoy a great event, but explore the beautiful attractions and coastline that Barrow has to offer.
The 2nd instalment of the Barrow Super Soapbox Challenge promises to be bigger and better than before, with the event organisers promising; more soapbox racers, a trickier course, more crashes and more attractions.
The event is completely FREE to attend and is organised by Barrow BID and the Super Soapbox Challenge team.
The Barrow Festival of Transport returns to Barrow Town Centre for another year on Saturday 11th July 2020. The event attracts a wealth of motor vehicles to Barrow's high street,
The Barrow Festival of Transport returns to Barrow Town Centre for another year on Saturday 11th July 2020. The event attracts a wealth of motor vehicles to Barrow’s high street, including; classic, vintage and prestige cars, motorbikes, scooters, campers, buses and commercial vehicles. As well as the vehicles, the event will also include a range of attractions to suit all ages, including; a ride-on train, funfair rides, open-top bus tours, live music and a kids zone.
This FREE event is organised by the Festival of Transport Committee with assistance and funding by Barrow BID. It offers a chance to see a wide range of vehicles from yesteryear and show your children or grandchildren the vehicles you use to use as a child.