Barrow in Furness - on the Furness Peninsula.
The impressive Barrow Town Hall.
Welcome to the EDGE Guide to Barrow in Furness. Barrow in Furness can be found on Cumbria's beautiful west coast overlooking the Irish Sea and surrounded by magnificent countryside.
Barrow-in-Furness is second in size to Carlisle and is of great importance not only to the people of the Furness Peninsula but to the economy of the county as a whole.
Barrow has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment to the town centre and now offers modern shopping facilities in pedestrianised streets.
Barrow in Furness is surrounded by charming villages and places of interest: Dock Museum - Furness Abbey - Piel Castle - Dalton Castle - Foulney Nature Reserve - stone circles -an ancient burial chamber - a working watermill - plus lots more for you to discover.
Barrow in Furness has some great beaches affording the visitor lovely views to the hills and shelter for sailing boats in the harbour.
Barrow in Furness offers a different perspective on Cumbria and the Lake District for the traveller as it is not on the traditional visitor trail. This should not put you off visiting this historic area though.
Barrow in Furness: a short history: top
Barrow in Furness is a young town, developed in 1839 as a port to export ore mined in the area, in later days it has even had a brief spell in the aircraft industry - building airships on Walney Island where their is a small Airport.
Shipbuilding of one sort or another has been a major industry in the town from shortly after Barrow's development, and until very recently the VSEL yard was building submarines for the Royal Navy.
This prosperity resulted in some fine Victorian architecture much of which survives and can be appreciated in the handsome streets.
Barrow in Furness is removed from the typical tourist routes by its location at the end of the Furness Peninsula, this has resulted in the town developing a unique character.
Barrow in Furness: OS ref SD 2070 Sheet 96. Get the map.