Barrow in Furness is on the Furness peninsula and is not a very big town at all but it offers services, retail outlets and facilities needed by local people. It has a few large supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco, Barrow is also home to large companies and factory branches such as Kimberley Clarkes and BAE systems. It has a Hospital (Furness General Hospital) and other health services needed by local people.
Barrow also provides alot of employment for local people, employing a large amount of the local population.
I live about 10-15 minutes drive from Barrow in Furness and i would say i visit at least once a week. It seems to be a little behind times with the shops in the town centre, but its starting to get there with shops being renovated and replaced quite often. Barrow is a nice town, You feel safe walking around the town centre and it offers enough shops for a decent day out shopping and browsing.
Alot of people visit Barrow in Furness who live in the local surroundings, they come from Ulverston, Kendal, Newby bridge and further to visit the amenities and services. The only other town which provides amenities is Kendal which is a little larger than Barrow, but not as easy to drive around as Barrow.
There is an island just of Barrow called Walney island, and Barrow surrounded by quite a pleasant coast such as Roanhead and Earnse bay these have some lovely views! Barrow offers some tourist attractions and things to do for the local public, on the outskirts of Barrow, there is Furness abbey which is a historic ruin with a little museam too.
There is also a dock museum which is free admission, and a lazer zone and kids soft play area which is great in the school holidays, cheap and entertaining for the kids.
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I am writing this opinion, about my home town Barrow In Furness, because I have seen a few people’s opinions on their hometowns and I thought it was a great idea for an opinion. I moves to Barrow, when I was seven years old, I moved here with my mother, brother and sister, so we could be close to my grand parents as they were both getting on a bit and they didn’t have any family near them. I must say, when we first arrived there wasn’t much hear, well not that I could remember anyway It has all changed so much, and so many things and places have bee added to create a much nicer town. Barrow In Furness is the historic maritime gateway to the Furness peninsula, it is one of the best-kept secrets in Britain, I say this because there is only one road in and the same road out. Barrow is a Victorian town with a proud heritage of innovation, surrounded by beautiful beaches and great coastal areas in which you can have some fantastic walks. Barrow is also the Lake Districts Premier shopping Town, where there is major national stores, for example Debenhams, mingle with local specialist and independent retailers offering exceptional value, variety and personal service. For the bargain hunter Barrow has the largest indoor market on the peninsula with over 100 stalls and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. In a spacious pedestrianized town center. The town also hosts the arts, events, street entertainment and festivals throughout the year. Barrow-in-Furness really is a destination of surprises. It has some great leisure opportunities on offer which include: Furness Abbey and The Dock Museum, three internationally renowned nature reserves, Forum 28, Hollywood Park, Channelside Haven, factory shopping, an award winning zoo, a 45 acre public park and The Park Leisure Centre. The Park Leisure Centre has the peninsulas' only wave pool, flumes and climbing wall whilst Hollywood Park feat
ures a multiplex cinema, health club, super bowl, bingo complex and family restaurants for example McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut and the Owl and the Pussycat pub with its Wacky Warehouse Play barn. Walney Island is one of Barrows beaches it offers excellent horse riding, walking and bird watching, whilst Barrow’s other beach Roa Island is popular for water sports. So if you are planning to take a short break, why not try Barrow In furness, you won’t regret it. Thankyou for reading, Bubbles.
It is true there used to be nothing to do in Barrow but now they have Portland Walk a shopping area with Debenhams Ottakars books Electronic Boutique Andys records Boots Littlewoods WH Smiths the only problem is it is uncovered and it does occasionly rain in Barrow! Hollywood Park is where you find the Appollo cinema Canons healthclub the looks quite good actually bingo place and all the usual fast food places for burgers pizzas chicken. Near by is Channelside haven a lovely walk way by the channel and the Dock museum a very striking looking building and a very interesting place with not only Barrows story but local art exhibitions and lots of shipbuilding history there is also a good and popular childrens play area outside. Then of course Barrow has lots of sea which is lovely to walk by and the lakes and Dalton wild animal park near by.
Barrow in Furness is on the doorstep of the Lake District and as a town itself it has had quite a face lift over the last ten years.
One of the treasured landmarks of this town is the Furness Abbey Ruins; The English Heritage centre records the fascinating history of the monks from the abbey going back to 1127. The Custodians cottage nearby has been restored recently and is a beautiful building.
The monks also built Dalton Castle as a prison and courthouse, it is now an exhibition centre for the life and work of George Romney, who is buried at Dalton Church.
More history is found on Piel Island you can take a ferry across for a few pounds and the crossing is about ten minutes. There you can find the ruins of the old fort and a local pub, which serves a mean pint of Bitter. The famous poet William Wordsworth was supposed to have spent many hours on the island.
Barrow in Furness is famous for its ship and submarine building, there is a gigantic hall built alongside the docks it is called Devonshire Dock Hall, and quite a sight on the skyline.
The town has a dock museum and it shows how the town has developed from a 19th century hamlet to the worlds largest producer of tin and steel and then on to a major shipbuilding force and all within forty years. Admission is free.
The town hall clock tower stands out above the rooftops and the Victorian town hall built from sandstone is a fantastic building with its stained glass windows. The interior is panelled in dark oak and it has a staircase that is out of this world.
The jewel in Barrows crown that is what you will hear the locals say.
The best beaches around the area are at Roanhead and Walney Island has its nature reserves.
And the biggest tourist attraction is the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton.
Pubs, tearooms, cafes, hotels, wine bars and restaurants are all available in Barrow in Furness and there are a wide range of
choices from Chinese, Indian, Turkish, Mexican and Italian for eating out.
Of course there is also the favourites like Macdonalds, Pizza Hut, and Kentucky Fried Chicken on the new Holidaywood Park shopping complex.
Entertainment in this town is not hard to find. There is the new six-screened cinema, a good bowling alley that offers special rates for families so not too expensive for a treat. A bingo hall and several night clubs.
The Forum 28 opposite the town hall often has shows on and famous entertainers from comics to magicians.
Shopping in the town has improved over the last few years, the flagship being Portland Walk, here you will find most of the famous shops like Debenhams and Next.
There is a good indoor market that trades four days a week and a small outside one.
Supermarkets are plentiful in this town we have at the moment five large superstores and a sixth one about to be built.
Leisure and Sporting facilities in the town are second to none
Golf courses can be found at Hawcoat and Walney, and there is a driving range called The Stroke One.
Sea fishing is excellent particularly off Walney and Piel Island.
Tennis and Squash can be played at Dalton Leisure Centre, and there is a well-stocked gym at the Barrow leisure Centre in the main park.
Rollerblading can be practiced at the rink in Dalkeith Street; ideal for the youngsters and the cyber café down at the bottom of Cavendish Street is popular.
Gliding is available at the Lakes Gliding Club at Walney Airport, for fifteen pounds you can have a flight that lasts about twenty minutes, or you could become a member and take up the sport seriously.
Next time you are in Cumbria call at Barrow it is well worth the visit.