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Furness Flyer Day1

Barrow-in-Furness sits right at the end of the Furness Peninsula. Making it unique, not only in its landscape and biodiversity, but also in its culture.

It’s history and industrial heritage is almost tangible. Its shipbuilding prowess led to its bombing in World War II but it is still home to BAE and the Trident submarines today. Grab yourself a copy of Nella Lasts’ Diaries or watch Housewife 49 (starring Victoria Wood) and you can see the place brought to life, as it would have been in war time.

As Nella Last did, you can seek out some of the Peninsulas special spaces, which are home to natter jack toads, grey seals and a wealth of other wildlife.

 

Morning

Arrive at Barrow-in-Furness Station on the Furness Line. From here it is just a short walk down the hill to the Town Centre. But before you go Barrow Park, opposite on Abbey Road, is well worth a stop. Designed in 1901 by the world-renowned Thomas Mawson, the park is a stunning Edwardian leisure-ground, complete with boating lake and miniature rail line! Be sure to stop by the quaint pavilion Café for refreshments.

Barrow-in-Furness

Set in 45 acres, Barrow's award-winning park provides the perfect place to stroll on sunny afternoons. Barrow Park..... always something going on, always something growing on!

 
 

Lunch

Barrow hosts a range of eateries, ranging from the traditional to Turkish. The Forum, opposite the Town Hall offers the opportunity to refuel whilst getting a taste for what is on in the area…you might even book a show for during your stay!
 

Evening

If history and heritage is your thing then seek out the Dock Museum to learn more about the area’s Maritime past or walk back up past the park and on to the medieval Furness Abbey. Offering a tranquil, wooded haven just out of town, the Abbey hosts some interesting examples of medieval treasure. Look out for their series of medieval fairs and events which bring the history to life.

If you are more interested in the area’s unique landscape hop on bus number 1 from outside the Town Hall and head to Bigger Bank on Walney Island. Walney Island is an island at the western end of Morecambe Bay and is the largest English island in the Irish Sea. It is part of Barrow-in-Furness, separated from the mainland by Walney Channel, which is spanned by the Jubilee Bridge. It offers some stunning, lesser travelled beaches.

Barrow-in-Furness

Impressive red sandstone remains with ornately decorated chapter house.Once the second most prosperous Cistercian abbey in England.

 
 

Overnight

Barrow has some very grand hotels but also offers budget options. Perhaps use your evening to take in a show at The Forum?
 
 

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