With its rich shipping and steel heritage, this historic industrial town is a uniquely atmospheric location for a self-catering holiday in Cumbria. Easy access to the spectacular Lake District, the rugged Cumbria coast and a thriving town centre make a holiday cottage in Barrow-in-Furness special. The town known as the Gateway to the Lakes is dramatically located on the tip of the windswept Furness Peninsula, on the northern edge of Morcambe Bay. Around Barrow-in-Furness, you’ll find a great variety of natural environments, from the misty mountains and shimmering waters of the Lake District to the sandy beaches and pretty villages of the Cumbria coast. Scattered throughout Barrow's town centre are a number of impressive historical landmarks, including the dramatic ruins of Furness Abbey and Piel Castle. In the town centre, you’ll notice an imposing neo-Gothic town hall, built from local red sandstone and visible from almost anywhere in the vicinity.
Barrow-in-Furness is also home to a selection of exciting family-friendly attractions, including a kart-racing track, Lazer Zone and bowling alley. Self-catering holidays in Barrow-in-Furness would be incomplete without a trip to the brilliant Dock Museum, where the town’s colourful shipping history can be explored. In the lively town centre, you’ll find a mix of markets, independent shops and malls, such as Portland Walk Shopping Centre. There’s also a great range of places to eat and drink, from cosy cafes and traditional pubs to fine dining restaurants and bistros, many of which serve delicious food, prepared with fresh produce from the Cumbria countryside. Whether you want to sunbathe, kitesurf or while away an afternoon building sandcastles, Earnse Bay, Roanhead and Rampside are lovely spots to visit. Just off the coast at Morecombe Bay, the South and North nature reserves of Walney Island are popular among birdwatchers and walkers. The 10-mile-long island can be reached by a bridge at Barrow Docks.