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In and around Barrow-in-Furness

Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, sits within the Furness Peninsula in South Cumbria, on the doorstep to the Lake District. Barrow is surrounded by coastline with plenty to do for families, couples or those staying in the area for business.

Birkrigg Common

The Common is crisscrossed by footpaths leading through the heather, ferns and pasture offering stunning views of the Lakeland fells to the north and the coastal landscape of Morecambe Bay to the east and south.

Cartmel & Cartmel Priory

This quaint and uncrowded gem of a village vividly retains much of it's ancient charm and atmosphere. The ancient parish was traditionally known as the Land of Cartmel, an area quite separate from the Furness peninsula. Holker Hall, associated with the Cavendish family and the Dukes of Devonshire, is situated nearby.

Cartmel Races

The long tradition of racing at Cartmel was started by the monks from Cartmel Priory in the 12th Century. The Whit Holiday Races have been a feature of the Racing Calendar since 1856 and there are now nine race days to enjoy each year at Cartmel, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Lakeland fells.

Conishead Priory

A very important Gothic revival country house with few peers in the north west; the distinctive two towers of the front elevation are an important local landmark

Furness Abbey

The impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England, including much of the east end and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house and the cloister buildings.

Grizedale Forest

Breath-taking views, stunning artwork and endless forest trails, come and discover all that Grizedale has to offer! Explore the forest on two wheels, foot or horse back and keep your eyes peeled along the way for our unique sculptures which are dotted throughout the forest.

Haverthwaite Steam Railway

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway in the picturesque Leven Valley at the southern end of Windermere.

Kitesurfing in Earnse Bay

The Common is crisscrossed by footpaths leading through the heather, ferns and pasture offering stunning views of the Lakeland fells to the north and the coastal landscape of Morecambe Bay to the east and south.

Lakeland Motor Museum

A fascinating collection of some 30,000 exhibits which trace the development of road transport throughout the twentieth century - motor cars, motorbikes, cycles and automobila.

Life Leisure Centre

Barrow’s biggest & best fitness provider: Group exercise/studio classes. Fantastic swimming pool. Fantastic Kids classes & fun pool inflatable sessions

Roa Island & Piel Island Castle

Access to the island is by ferry, which runs every weekend from Roa Island throughout the summer, starting at Easter time and ending in early autumn

Roanhead Sand Dunes

Beautiful open views if the bay, wide expanse of grass and sand dunes, a long stretch of beach with sand and pebbles – this was a fantastic place!

Seldom Seen Maps

Developed by Art Gene and Morecambe Bay Partnership. These 5 maps, from the islands of Barrow to Cockerham, plot the hidden assets of this spectacular area.

South Lakes Safari Zoo

Home to over 1,000 of the rarest animals, get as close as possible to experience these amazing creatures & participate in animal feeding experiences.

South Walney Nature Reserve

Providing a habitat for a number of species of orchid and the rare Natterjack Toad, which is to be found in only 40 places in Britain.

The Coastal Road, Rampside & Roy’s Ices

The seaside village of Bardsea lies on the Furness Peninsula, standing on the west side of Morecambe Bay and to the south west of the town of Ulverston.

The Forum Theatre

You will find a diverse range of events and activities at The Forum, Aiming to bring exciting entertainment to Barrow-in-Furness.


Ulverston is a fine market town in the centre of the Furness peninsula, with old buildings and a labyrinth of cobbled streets.

Walney’s Beaches West shore / Biggar Bank / Earnse Bay

Walney Island lies to the west of Barrow-in-Furness, to which it is connected by bridge. Walney is the eighth largest island in England.

Windermere Lake Cruises

The most popular tourist attraction in the Lake District, Windermere Lake Cruises sails every day except Christmas Day on England’s largest lake.

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