Barrow-in-Furness Coast Guide  

Barrow-in-Furness is a historic maritime and industrial town with a beautiful coastline and a backdrop of the hills of the Lake District. One of the best-kept secrets in Britain, Barrow is a Victorian town with a proud heritage of innovation, surrounded by beautiful beaches and inspiring scenery. For visitors it's a destination of surprises.

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Barrow was a small farming village until the middle of the nineteenth century when the railway arrived. With the advent of the railway and the surge of industrialisation all over the country Barrow became a major centre for the production of iron. It was so successful that by 1870 it had the largest iron smelting works in the world. 

At around this time The Iron Ship Building Company was formed by James Ramsden. In 1877 the works, now renamed the Barrow Ship Building Company, built their first ship for the Royal Navy. Around ten years later the yard built their first submarines for the Russian and Turkish navies. In 1897 the yard was bought by the Vickers family under which name it has traded until recently when it became part of BAE Systems.


Britain's first nuclear submarine 'Dreadnought' and first Polaris-armed ballistic nuclear submarine 'Resolution' were both built here. More recently the four nuclear submarines armed with Trident missiles were also built in Barrow. At the present time the yard is building the first of three Astute class submarines for the Royal Navy.

For more about the submarine history of Barrow follow this link -

There are several good beaches at Walney Island to the west of Barrow - these are a mixture of sand and shingle. 

                Walney Island               Barrow Docks 

                                          Walney Island                                                                    Barrow docks 


Places to visit around Barrow-in-Furness 

South Lakes Wild Animal Park - Lions and tigers and other large animals - Crossgates, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA15 8JR. Telephone: 01229 466086.

Furness Abbey - Founded in 1123, this is the second largest Cistercian Abbey in England - English Heritage, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Telephone: (01229) 823420

Furness Owls Ltd - Over 100 owls on display and flying demonstrations - Sandscale Park, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 4QT. Phone: 01229 588442/430600 

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Attractions - see listings pages

A huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them -  from piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, 

Pubs, restaurants and shopping guide

The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....


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