Barrow in Furness

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Barrow’s Tourist Attractions

Cumbria’s second largest town, Barrow-in-Furness grew up around the iron and steel industry and the Vickers shipyard. The main attractions for tourists beyond the Furness Abbey ruins, a symbol of medieval grandeur, the town is surrounded by natural beauty. Walney Island offers two stunning nature reserves, providing a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Piel Castle, perched on a tidal island, offers a glimpse into the area’s historical defence.

Walney Island - Barrow in Furness
Walney Island – Barrow in Furness

Barrow in Furness and its Rich Industrial History

The Dock Museum tells the long social and industrial history of the area, its wide-ranging collection of artefacts taking in everything from prehistoric cave finds to models of ships and submarines built in Barrow from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. The museum, located close to BAE Systems’ Devonshire Dock, also has a café and children’s playground.

Dock Museum

Barrow in Furness Beach

Barrow-in-Furness, more than its industrial heritage, is a gateway to stunning beaches. Walney Island’s Earnse Bay is a hub for thrilling water sports like windsurfing and kitesurfing. Sandy Gap offers peaceful, windswept walks, while West Shore captivates with untouched nature and wildlife. Biggar Bank combines sandy stretches and pebbles, ideal for family fun and treasure hunting. Roan Head provides secluded spots with views of the Duddon Estuary and Lake District Fells. Nearby, Askam-in-Furness boasts a scenic sandy beach with breathtaking sunset views over the Irish Sea. Each beach near Barrow-in-Furness is a unique treasure, awaiting exploration.

Roan head - Barrow in Furness
Roan head – Barrow in Furness

Holiday Inn Express – Barrow in Furness

Holiday Inn Express – Barrow-in-Furness & South Lakes is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Barrow-in-Furness. Located conveniently with Furness Abbey just 5 km away, this hotel offers a comfortable and convenient stay with a range of amenities. The hotel features express check-in and check-out, non-smoking rooms, a restaurant, and a bar, ensuring a pleasant and hassle-free experience for guests. The property also boasts family rooms and a terrace, catering to all types of travellers. Guests can enjoy a full buffet breakfast or a continental breakfast, adding to the comfort of their stay. With free WiFi throughout, a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space, and a business centre, the hotel meets both leisure and business needs. Additionally, the Lake District is only a 30-minute drive away, making it an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area.

Holiday Inn Express Barrow in Furness

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