The seaport town of Barrow-in-Furness is located on the Furness peninsula and is bordered only by the Irish Sea and the Morecambe Bay. Barrow started out as a fishing village until the industrial revolution made it an ideal spot for smelting and exporting steel with the natural harbor. It then became a major producer of naval vessels.
Today Barrow-in-Furness is considered by many to be the Gateway to the lakes and in a way it is. With a marina center located on the seafront, the Dock Museum, and the Sea Festival it's no wonder why.
The Dock Museum has to be one of the best stops for tourists to make. At the Dock Museum visitors can learn about the history of Barrow. They can see its great ship making history as well as many other nautical facts. This museum is not all ships and sea there is a place for local artists and school children to showcase some of their works as well. This is a great place to learn history and enjoy some local art work.
For the shopper, Barrow-n-Furness has not left you out. Barrow-in-Furness has a unique collection of shops. Some of these are the large name shops that many people are interested in saying they own, but they also have local shops peppered in among the large names. You can find neat clothes in these shops, they are definitely worth a look.
But why go to a town almost completely surrounded by the sea and not visit one of the three beaches in Barrow? For a quieter beach visit then you should make your way down to Roanhead. This beach is isolated by large sand dunes. The powdery white sands up against the grey Irish Sea is a breath taking sight. Once you are done sunning yourself you can then leave the beach and take the trail that runs behind the dunes for a nice walk country walk.
One of the most popular of the beaches is the West Shore beach. Its sand is more of a muddy sand that is perfect for building sand castles. The beach is not all sand either, it has a pebble part that abuts the sand. The water might not be the best for swimming but it is a fun place to hang with the family. The best for swimming is Coast Road, which is located on the coast against a busy road. During the summer time it is the best place to find the ice cream trucks too..
While staying in this seaside village be sure to take go the Channelside Walk. As the name implies this walk will take you along the Walney Channel, going from the Barrow side of the channel to the Cumbria side and actually joins with Cumbria Coast Walk. Barrow has made recent improvements on their side of the walk and gives you wonderful views across the channel.
Barrow is rich in history and is an enjoyable little town to visit.