New Port of Call for Cruise Liners

By: Douglas Scott

Barrow-in-Furness is a large industrial town known for its shipbuilding and steel-making industries. It was a small fishing village before the arrival of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-19th century. It is the largest town in the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness

The town centre is flat, and easily accessible. It has the best one-stop shopping centre in the South Lakes. You will find the big names in Portland Walk and along Dalton Road. The indoor market is the largest in the Lake District Peninsulas.

Barrow-in-Furness, is Britain's newest Port of Call for cruise liners, is has the only deep water port between the Mersey and Clyde and provides instant access to the world famous English Lake District.

The town has a wealth of night life and entertainment and excellent restaurants and lots of lively pubs. Renowned at the clubbing capital Cumbria there are many night clubs to choose from along Cornwallis Street.

Barrow-in-Furness is surrounded by beautiful beaches and inspiring scenery, a beautiful west coast overlooking the Irish Sea and surrounded by magnificent countryside. Rampside pebble beach is approximately four miles south-east of Barrow. It is ideal for those with a liking for water sports. A causeway leads to Roa Island.

Roanhead is another sandy, picturesque beach and is situated three miles north of Barrow. The strong currents make it unsuitable for swimming, but the coastal scenery is quite breathtaking

The Dock Museum is a striking modern building having waited over ninety years in 1994 the Museum is finally moved to a permanent home at the Dock Museum and attracts 50,000 visitors in its first year. Discover that ship building began in the Barrow Yard in the 1870s, and was not actually purchased by the Vickers family until 1897.

The ruins of Furness Abbey are beautifully set in the Vale of Deadly Nightshade. This green, leafy valley encloses the warm red sandstone walls and arches of this ancient abbey. The museum houses an exhibition Carved in Stone with many fine examples of stone work from the abbey, including effigies of medieval knights.

Barrow Park is a lovely 45 acre recreational park, recently re-furnished from lottery money. It is a pleasantly landscaped area, ideal for a leisurely stroll on a nice day. There are two childrens play areas, a large boating lake where you can hire rowing boats, a new cafe in the restored pavilion, crown green bowling, a re-furnished band stand and even a miniature railway.

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