Barrow-in-Furness is one of the six local government districts with borough status within Cumbria. In fact, it is named after its main town, Barrow-in-Furness. Actually the smallest district in the county, but is the most densely populated with 924 people per square kilometre. The town grew from a tiny 19th Century hamlet into the biggest iron and steel centre in the world. Furthermore, it became a major ship-building force, in just 40 years.

The town makes the most of its enviable location, sandwiched between the sea on one side, and the Lakes on the other. There’s some great walking and cycling routes that start in the town centre. Furthermore, there’s a wealth of wide, tree-lined streets lined with sandstone buildings. The impressive Town Hall is evidence of the town’s 19th century prosperity as one of the country’s major shipbuilding centres.

For centuries, Furness was part of Lancashire. In fact, the name ‘Furness’ is derived from ‘Far Ness’ (or ‘distant headland’). Furthermore, its remoteness being one of the main reasons why the monks chose to build an abbey here.

Barrow-In-Furness Places To visit


Despite being the smallest of the six districts in Cumbria, there’s still plenty to see and do in Barrow-In-Furness. For example, visit the romantic ruins of the Furness Abbey were celebrated by Wordsworth in his Prelude in 1805. Alternatively, go see the enchanting Piel Island and Piel Castle. If nature is your interest, you have the South Lakes Safari Zoo or the South Walney Nature Reserve, with stunning views across Morecambe Bay.

Tranquility & Reflection

Additionally a visit to Sandscale Haws National Nature reserve will provide a wealth of wildlife: a rich variety of flora, a large population of natterjack toads and a range of wetland and other birds. There’s the Dock Museum, built in a historic nineteenth century dock. The museum is home to a wealth of objects on the social and industrial history of the Furness area. For more tranquility and reflection, you can enjoy Barrow Park. Indeed, it’s a 45-acre park containing a large boating lake, mini railway, skate park, various playgrounds and the Park Leisure Centre. Finally, Earnse bay is a real treasure- listed as one of England’s hidden gem beaches by National Geographic.