Barrow-in-Furness is a town with a rich history, tranquil local nature reserves and the nearby breathtaking landscapes of the Lake District. The town has plenty of entertainment, with The Forum hosting comedy, dance, children’s shows, ballet, musical theatre and a variety of music. There’s a varied selection of restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets, and the town also has a good range of pubs and bars where you can have a lively evening out.
The town offers a great choice for shopping, with well known high street stores, as well as plenty of independent shops and boutiques. For business, the town has conference venues which include those at Abbey House Hotel and Gardens and The Forum, and the nearest major airport is Leeds Bradford Airport.
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Wherever you are in Barrow-in-Furness, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Barrow-in-Furness car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
These are a few places to visit during you’re time in Burrow-in-Furness:
The Dock Museum
Situated in a historic former dock, here you can learn about history of Barrow and its people, with interesting exhibits relating to its historical major shipbuilding industry, with a number of ship and submarine models, and historic boats including a yacht built in the 1800’s. You can also learn of Barrow’s experience during the Second World War, along with the town’s steel industry, formerly the biggest in the world. Other exhibits to view include prehistoric artefacts, a collection of toys as well as Viking finds.
You can come and see the ruins of this Abbey founded in the 12th century by the grandson of William the Conqueror, Stephen, who went on to become King Stephen of England. The Abbey was at one time one of England’s richest monasteries, but was destroyed during Henry VIII’s dissolution of the Monasteries. Remaining parts to be seen include the church’s west tower and the chapter house, along with the cloisters. You can also see an exhibition at the Visitors Centre which displays a medieval crozier and ring found in the grave of one of the Abbots, along with a number of stone effigies.
South Walney Nature Reserve
Just over the Jubilee Bridge from Barrow, on Walney Island, you can make a visit to this Nature Reserve to enjoy a wealth of wildlife including many species of birds over the seasons, from eider ducks in Spring, to curlews in the Autumn, as well as barn owls all year round. You can also spot grey seals here, and the Reserve is home to beautiful plants such as sea lavender during the summer months. It’s a very relaxing place to be, taking in all the fresh air and nature sights, as well as enjoying great views of Morecambe Bay from the Reserve.
Located at Walney Island, Earnse Bay is a stretch of beach with sand and shingles, where you can come and enjoy the sports of kitesurfing and windsurfing, and the beach is also host to kitesurfing championships. The beach is great place to enjoy views of the beautiful mountains of the Lake District and over the Irish Sea, and you can also see across to the Isle of Man.
A short distance away, all the family can enjoy a visit to this Zoo where you can see big cats such as jaguars and Sumatran tigers, and many other animals including giraffes, white rhino, pygmy hippos and Andean bears. You can also book sessions at the Zoo including a big cat feeding experience, as well as being a keeper for the day.
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