Barrow is renowned for building some of the most advanced Nuclear Submarines in the World, but also offers visitors ‘more than meets the eye’. Surrounded by sea on three sides, Barrow has a rich maritime heritage centred round its ship-building history, but its coastal location also offers a whole lot more. With over 60km of coastline, Barrow boasts its very own island complete with a castle and a king, the only grey seal colony in Cumbria, a range of beaches fit for sport and leisure and is ranked number one in England for its diversity of nature.
The arrival of the Furness Railway in 1846 was to be the turning point in Barrow’s history. Over the following decades it was transformed from a farming village of 30 houses into a bustling industrial town. The people behind the story of Barrow’s remarkable history include dukes, lords, engineers and entrepreneurs and the name that stands out particularly is James Ramsden. The opportunities offered by “the English Chicago” brought thousands of people looking for work and it was their efforts that made the town unique.