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Barrow in Focus (Not yet finished) 2009 Craig Troth

Dock Museum

Enjoy a Great Day Out


Built within an original Victorian Graving Dock, the Museum houses an impressive collection over three floors. Discover the fascinating history

A family friendly Cafe - offering a great selection of teas, coffees, light snacks, lunches and cakes. A Gift Shop - offering a wide variety of souvenirs and local books. An exciting childrens playground on the waterfront site. Events Programme - a wide range of challenging activities A vibrant exhibitions programme is scheduled throughout the year. Groups are more than welcome, with free guided tours available. Family friendly and accessible to all. All areas of the museum are wheelchair friendly. Toilets and baby changing facilities. Free car parking and coach parking.

of Barrow in Furness with displays, film shows, interactive computers and a stunning collection of Ship models. Children will love learning about Barrow and its colourful history, whilst adults will be amazed by the unique building and the fascinating story it tells. On a nice day you can finish your visit with a walk along the Dock front whilst your children have a play in the on site playground.

Opening Times Opening times vary season to season so for more information on this, or if you have an other queries please contact the staff on 01229 876400 or visit the website:

A Brief History In 1897 Barrow Town Council forms its first museum committee, with a view to establishing a collection and finding an appropriate building for ‘Barrow Museum’. Ten years later the Town

Hall is adopted to hold the displays until 1930 where it again moves to the first floor of Barrow Library where it stays for over 60 years. Having waited over ninety years, the Museum is finally

moved to a permanent home in 1994 at the Dock Museum and attracts 50,000 visitors in its first year

Furness Abbey

Information The ruins have proved to be a popular day out for families and friends alike. Refreshments and snacks are available on site, and picnics

tour included is in admission price and please note there are many low walls, steps and a stream so care should be taken at all times.


welcome in grounds. There is also a gift shop and pub close to the entrance and The Abbey House Hotel with a restaurant and bar is just a five minute walk away. Dogs are allowed but must be on leads in restricted areas only. Wheelchair users might need some extra assistance due to the short grass and slight slopes. For the visually impaired, a special audio

Furness Abbey offers fantastic value for money with very reasonable entry fee’s. Adult - £3.50, Children £1.80 and Concessions £3.00. All members of the English Heritage Website gain free entry. To join visit uk and click on Membership close to the bottom of the page. 15% discount for groups of 11 or more plus a free place for every additional 20 paying passengers is available. Free entry for coach driver and tour leader. Furness Abbey visitor opening times can vary from season to season. If you would like more information on this, or if you have any other queries, please visit the English Heritage website which shows all opening times from April 2009 to March 2010 or contact the Furness Abbey staff directly using the contact information provided.

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A brief history Hidden away in picturesque valley are the ruins of Furness Abbey. It was founded in 1123 by Stephen, Count of Blois who the Grandson of William the Conqueror. Originally it was a

By the 15th Century it was the second richest and most powerful Cistercian Abbeys in the United Kingdom. Raids on the building by the Scots had caused little trouble until 1316 when

the reason behind the impulsive decision to build Dalton Castle not far to the north, in order to provide some defence. The Abbey’s land and property were then pillaged and burnt and

Benedictine monastery of the Savigny Reform, and afterwards became Cistercian.

the Abbey suffered badly. It is possible that this raid or another equally brutal one led by Robert Bruce in 1322 was

Scottish raids continued until approximately 1346.

Princess Selandia

History The Princess Selandia is a former Danish ferry that had a long career on the Storebaelt and the Baltic Sea. However She is now a restaurant and nightclub ship, Built for the Danish

ship and was sold to English interests in April 2002, being moved to Tilbury and renamed Selandia. Following the purchase in 2004 by Barrow’s best known business man Rick Lucas, who previously owned also owned Kavannas and Scorpio, as well as

“Nothing onboard the Princess Selandia is impossible”

State Railroad, Dansk Statsbaner, she originally began service named Queen Dronning Ingrid but had to give up her Royal title in August 1979 and took the name Sjaelland. In 1985 she was sold to Danish Radio and TV and was used as the setting for Denmark’s

the Majestic and Imperial hotels, she was sailed from Tilbury to Barrow for a £2 million, nine-month refurbishment. The whole freight deck, which once carried trains to and from Sweden, was converted to “The Blue Lagoon”, Barrow’s largest and most popular nightclub with the capability to hold up to 2500 people. The Princess Selandia now lives permanently in the Buccleuch Dock and now houses a Bar, serving Donna Kebabs, and Pizzas as well as a Surf and Turf restaurant, outside seating areas

TV series “Berth 114” In 1988 she became a museum and restaurant

alcohol bar, and hugely popular nightclub.

Scoundrel’s Restaurant Scoundrel’s, a stylish restaurant aboard the Selandia offers a delicious Surf and Turf menu paired with the views of the Buccleuch Dock. Starters vary from Fresh Mussels in a white wine, cream and garlic sauce, to Half rack of Ribs served with homemade barbeque sauce. For mains, Rib eye, Sirloin, T-Bone and other steaks are available, as are fish dishes such as Salmon, Hake, Sword fish, and Trout. For the vegetarian diners, Stuffed peppers, and Goats Cheese Bake is on the menu amongst other dishes. All desserts from the Dessert trolley are £3.50, and Ice-cream is £1.95.

Functions Several large function rooms are available ranging from a large size to the small and intimate, both catering for Engagement parties, Anniversaries, Christenings, Birthdays, Christmas parties, and Retirements amongst other functions. A bouncy castle is also available as an extra for children’s parties!

The Blue Lagoon The Blue Lagoon is the biggest night club in Barrow and can hold an estimated 2,400 people. It is always full over the weekend, and is open until 6am. It houses one of the best light shows in the north west, along with guest DJ’s, for example the Rock FM DJs who play most Fridays. They play and broadcast live at the same time. Saturdays is the usual resident

DJ playing a selection of popular dance tunes. Other famous DJ’s and record labels that have played at the Blue Lagoon include Head Kandi, and Slipmatt, Celebrity visitors include Anthony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully in Coronation street and was voted Most Popular Newcomer at the 2005 National TV Awards, and also Gary Lucy, who has appeared in The Bill, and Hollyoaks.

Conta ct theprin Information : c Tel: 01 essselandia .com 229 8 35449

Famous People

“Laurel and Hardy have brought pleasure to millions and this statue will bring enjoyment to many more.” by established comedians George Robey and Dan Leno. He was also an understudy to the hugely popular Charlie Chaplin. He met Oliver

Karen Taylor is an English comedian who has appeared in sketch shows on ITV (’The Sketch Show’, with Lee Mack, Tim Vine, Jim Tavare and Ronni Ancona) and BBC3 (her own ‘Touch Me, I’m Karen Taylor’). See the BBC Website for details. Taylor says: “I had a fantastic upbringing in Barrow and although I can’t say if any of my material is directly inspired by the people of Barrow, I am still heavily influenced by the town I lived in for most of my life. I love Barrow, of course I do.”

Hardy in 1919 at the filming of ‘The Lucky Dog’ and Several years later,

Stan Laurel was a much loved British comic actor, writer and director, and was most famous as one half of the comedy double-act Laurel and Hardy. He was born in Ulverston in 1890 which is approximately 15 minutes drive from Barrow. Laurel began his career in Glasgow Britannia Theatre at the age of 16, where he crafted a comedy act largely inspired

both comedians appeared in the Hal Roach production ‘45 Minutes from Hollywood’ in 1926, however their first film together as ‘Stan and Ollie’ was ‘The Second Hundred Years’. A statue was unveiled in early 2009 by fellow comedian Ken Dodd outside the Coronation Hall. There is also a Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston, this being one of only two museums dedicated to the double act, the second situated in Hardy’s birthplace, Harlem, Georgia, USA

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Emlyn Hughes

Emlyn Hughes Emlyn Hughes OBE was a

career after leaving football and

footballer who captained the

in 1984 became team captain

English national side where he

on the BBC's `A Question of Sport'.

earned 62 caps, and Liverpool

In 2003, it was announced

FC in the 1970s. He began as

he was suffering from a brain

a Midfield player at Barrow

tumor. He battled the disease

FC. After 28 appearances

until his death on 9 November

for Blackpool, he signed for

2004, at the age of 57. In

Liverpool for £65,000. In 1973, he scored two

2008 a statue of Hughes was unveiled in Barrow and former

goals in a memorable

Barrow Borough Council leader

win over Everton at

Terry Waiting says: ™I hope his

Goodison Park, and

successes will give inspiration to

became captain.

the young people of Barrow as

Hughes developed a

they go past it. I think people will

successful television

be impressed with it.∫

Famous People

Brian Arrowsmith was

Peter Purves is a well known

a popular Football League player from the 1960’s onwards. Here is a short extract from his biography: Barrow’s record appearance holder in League football gave consistently good service to his hometown club for ten seasons. He appeared in seven matches before the close of the season and in the following two seasons he missed only one League encounter. Strong and tireless in defence, Although not built on the lines of most central defenders, he seemed to have little difficulty in out jumping much taller opponents in aerial encounters and blotted out many notable centre-forwards. Brian finally departed Holker Street at the end of season 1970-71 to join Netherfield. welve months on, Barrow

television actor and presenter, best

crashed out of the Football League. He returned in July 1974 as playermanager, but resigned managerial duties in November 1975. He pulled on a Barrow shirt for the last time in January 1977, having added a further 134 appearances to his outstanding record of service.

known for co-presenting BBC’s Blue Peter with John Noakes and Valerie Singleton. After he was given charge of one of the Petra, a German Shepherd and one of the Blue Peter Pets he formed a thirty year association with television coverage of major dog shows such as Crufts and in 2007 his

“I have a great love for Barrow, it was the town that started my career.” appearance as a judge on the reality TV programme The Underdog Show. Purves also writes for the dog press and regularly presents at dog award shows. In the 1960’s he appeared as a travel companion in Doctor Who.

His most recent TV appearances include roles in EastEnders, The Office and I’m Alan Partridge. In a interview with the North West Evening Mail Purves says: “I have great love for Barrow, it was the town that started my career.”

Steve Dixon is an news reader who is currently working for Sky, presenting the programmes Sky News at Seven and Sky News at Ten every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Before working for Sky News, Steve worked for NBC Superchannel, Channel 5, and as a presenter and producer for ITN, He also worked on Channel 4 Big Breakfast News

“There are good players, there are great players and then there’s Willie Horne”

Willie Horne Horne was an rugby league footballer

Edinburgh. After his retirement in 1959 he

and captained England, Lancashire and

kept supporting the club through the sports

Barrow from 1943 to 1959. He also

shop he and his wife ran from 1953-1988.

captained Great Britain in a test series

Sadly in 2001, Horne died and in the same

against Australia in 1952. Within two years

year, was inducted into the Barrow club’s

of turning professional, he played his first

Hall of Fame. Ken Traill, a Great Britain

game for England and in 1946 toured

loose forward and one of the finest players

Australia and New Zealand with Great

of the 40s and 50s said “There are good

Britain,. In 1955 he lead Barrow to their

players, there are great players and then

one and only Challenge Cup final victory

there’s Willie Horne..” In 2004, the statue

at Wembley, kicking five goals and a drop

to the left was unveiled in honour of Horne

goal, receiving the Cup from the Duke of

in the Town Centre

Piel Island


Piel is a 20 acre island and is a designated ‘site of special scientific interest’ located just a stones throw away from the south end of Walney island and Roa island, in the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness. It was a gift to the people of barrow given by the Duke of Buccleuch in

17th century. Not including the ship inn, the islands only other buildings are a block of eight privately owned

landlords, but also Martin Clunes, star

cottages, a modern public toilet/

and most recently ‘Doc Martin.’ He

shower facility and the ruins of the

was on the island filming for his new

14th century castle. Communication

ITV documentary series, ‘Islands of

with the Piel previously by ship to

Britain’ and was given the honour

shore radio, is now simpler since the

of carrying the bucket of beer slops.

discovery of mobile phones.

Of the ceremony, Clunes said: “The coronation was brilliant. It was quite moving.... It reminded me of the Prince of Wales’ investiture,”

“The Coronation was brilliant. It was quite moving... it reminded me of the Prince of Wales investiture” 1920 as a war memorial. Piel island is traditionally managed by the ‘King of Piel’ a title given to the landlord of the ship inn public house, the islands only pub. The earliest record of a landlord on the island was in the year 1800 and the original building is thought to have been built during the late

Martin Clunes:

of the silver screen, including hit TV comedy series ‘Men Behaving Badly’,

Recent News:


the crowning of Chattaway, the local council has now started the renovation and refurbishment work to the pub. In the meantime the Island will offer refreshments and snacks to visitors from the The Bunkhouse Bar, a temporary conversion of the

In 2008, the

old bunkhouse while work is under

new King of Peel, Steve Chattaway,

go. It will be open everyday until the

was crowned and in time honoured

end of summer, and the ferry will also

tradition, the new landlord of the Ship

be running in conjunction with the

Inn was drenched with beer while

Bunkhouse Bar opening schedule.

sitting in Piel’s ancient chair. Not only was the ceremony witnessed by more than 2,500 people, including former

Accessing Piel & Contact Information: There are numerous ways to access the island. A ferry does runs across the channel from Roa Island, however the route residents tend to take to get their to and from Piel, is either by their own boat or across the sands by tractor and trailer from the south end of Walney. Obviously though, they have to wait for the tide to go out. You can also walk across the sands

when the tide is out, but this must never be attempted by a novice as the sands can be treacherous, and assistance from an experienced guide must be sought. If a walk to the island is what you do fancy however, regular walks are organised through a local guide. Ferry crossings will be running from 10am until dusk throughout the rest of the summer. Out of hours

crossings may be arranged. For further information on accessing use the following contact information. For information on walking to the island please email: or telephone our local guide John Murphy on 01229 473746. For ferry times and information please call 07516453784 or email

Food and Drink

Paulo Gianni’s 01229 825123 - This popular Italian restaurant serves its traditional Italian food from an open kitchen and has the advantage of having a tapas and wine bar attached. The famous happy hours have ensured a lively buzz every lunch and early evening. Check out the website above for offers, including ‘Monday Madness.’

Salvanas 01229 823838 - This modern Italian Ristorante serving traditional Italian Pizza’s, Pasta dishes and other delicious meals is a firm favourite with locals and visitors to Barrow alike. Served by friendly bar and waiting on staff, it is the perfect place for family, group and staff get togethers.

The Coot on the Tarn

such as weddings, christenings, birthdays and other celebrations. A Sunday Carvery is also on offer with ordeurves, starters, desserts and hot drinks all included in the price.

The Custom House 01229 823823 - This unique restaurant offers fine food in a modern and relaxed atmosphere with free internet access. It is also home to Lazer Zone, (an interactive laser tag game for all ages from 8+)

01229 824334 - Offering a two for one deal on most meals, including starters, light bites and salads, it is a favourite with family’s and younger people as it offers fantastic value for money with a pool table and a selection of quiz machines.

The Ferry

adventure play for ages 1-8.

01229 471352 - Positioned overlooking the scenic views of the

Pizza Hut - Pizza Hut is the World’s largest Pizza Restaurant chain which has approximately 34,000 restaurants world wide. Not only does it offer the obvious various pizza meals but also a buffet

popular venues to dine. The Coot

01229 826902 - The Ship Inn Restaurant situated in Holbeck, was recently refurbished and transformed

in the area to have family functions

Owl and the Pussycat

and Play Zone which offers indoor

01229 586264 - The idyllic views of Great Urswick tarn, delicious food, with friendly and professional service makes this restaurant one of the most on the Tarn also is the favourite place

from a rarely used local pub to a popular and friendly restaurant with a large front terrace.

and salad bar.

The Ship Inn

Walney channel waters, The Ferry offers a great value for money carvery, with lighter bites and vegetarian selection. The bar also homes a wide variety of beers, lagers, bitters and soft drinks too. It is also popular with the younger crowd, especially weekends and days such as Super Sunday.

Pubs and Restaurants With the current development of the Waterfront Marina and increasing tourism over the last couple of years, many of Barrow’s favourite pubs, restaurants and bars have undergone some dramatic make overs both inside, and

out. new interiors mixed with stunning views and friendly staff is surely the way you’ll be wanting to dine. Barrow offers a large selection of places to eat and drink, ranging from Two for One pubs, to Italian restaurants, traditional

FAMOUS FACT Dave Myers is a celebrity chef and TV

Bikers Ride Again and The Hairy Bakers

personality, He was born on Roa Island, the southernmost point of the Furness Peninsula. Myers, and Si King from Tyne and Wear are now famously known as the Hairy Bikers, and are television presenters who have fronted the series The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook, The Hairy

for BBC Two. They have appeared together on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, as well as on Richard & Judy on Channel 4. They have both also appeared on a celebrity chefs special of BBC’s The Weakest Link.

Carvery restaurants and hugely popular places such as Pizza Hut. These pages offer a brief description of the towns favourite eateries and appropriate contact information.


Paint the town red

Circus Circus

There is an endless amount of pubs and working men’s clubs located across Barrow. The town has fourteen of the latter, which is the highest number per capita of any town in Britain. There are also many bars and clubs found in the Town Centre, mostly situated on Duke Street and Cornwallis Street. Popular venues on Duke Street include the following bars: Chambers, The Lounge, Bar Cairo, and Yates’s. Cornwallis Street is currently undergoing a multi-million pound renovation with the former Martinis being the first club to be transformed into a stylish establishment and renamed Club M. Other clubs on Cornwallis Street include Circus Circus, Kavannas, O’Sullivans, and the nearby Scorpio. The Blue Lagoon is always a firm favourite with the locals and with visitors alike. Situated on a large boat in the Barrow docks, it is always a great place to end the night with numerous bars and fantastic up to date music.

Circus Circus is another is the first late pub/club you come across when you move from Duke Street to Cornwallis Street. This venue offers late opening and can hold up to 400 people. It has recently been modernised with a new colour scheme, but there’s still all the fun of the fair indoors with strongmen, elephants, tightrope walkers and clowns galore dotted on the walls.

Kavanna’s Kavannas, the second club you will go to on a typical Cornwallis Street bar crawl offers a towering number of levels, with every one overlooking the ground floor and the dancing antics of the party crowd as the evening wears on. It is three floors high, with numerous bars enabling quick service. It attracts more of the older clubber’s and is popular with stag and hen party. Kavanna’s however isn’t your typical night club. There’s always something happening from bucking bronco competitions to live bands and karaoke nights.

O’Sullivans & O’Gradys O’Sullivans and Rosie O’Gradys are two Irish themed clubs connected to one another, making it easy for the punters to swap from one to the other whenever they feel. The older music, mainly for the 70’s 80’s and 90’s attracts an older clientel meaning it doesn’t get as crowded as Circus Circus or Kavanna’s. The bar stocks a wide variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, including the favourite of the Irish, Guinness.

Bar Cairo Bar Cairo is a firm favourite with locals living in the town centre. If Yates’s proves to be too busy, which sometimes can happen, most people choose Cairo as their second port of call. Music does tend to lean more towards hardcore dance than anything else, but every now and again a popular tune from the top 40 will show its face.

For information on The Blue Lagoon, Barrow’s largest Night Club, please see the previous “Princess Selandia” pages.


Prefer the Pub scene?

Just a few seconds walk around the corner from Cornwallis Street is Scorpio, a unique club that many years ago used to be a church. It has recently had a slight make over, with new carpets, seats and dancefloor being fitted. Its houses two bars, making it easy to be served and plays popular dance music. On Thursdays however the clubs hosts an Indie Night, which has proved to be very popular with the customers. The club is only a stones throw away from Barrow’s largest nightclub, The Blue Lagoon, where most people end their night.

If clubbing isn’t your cup of tea however, Barrow boasts a wide selection of friendly pubs where you can relax with a quiet pint, or two. On the outskirts of the town, the quiet area of Holbeck is home to two popular pubs; The Ship Inn, and The Crofters. Both house pool tables and quiz machines making it ideal for groups of friends. In the town centre the choice increases with The Strawberry, The Railway, The Cross Keys, The Barrow Arms, and The Theatre Bar, only a few minutes walk from Cornwallis Street. Visit Tourist Information for more details.


Club M Club M was the first establishment on Cornwallis Street to undergo a multi-million pound renovation and as a result, it is undeniable that the decor and facilities in the club set a new benchmark for night spots in the town centre. Previously known as Martini’s, the clubs interior and exterior

a strict dress code in place. Stuart Bowes, director of One Leisure, the Durham company which spent £1.2m buying, redesigning and refurbishing the establishment, insists their dress code will ensure they pull in the right punters. In an interview with the North West Evening Mail, Bowes says “My advice to anyone visiting Club M is

“Club M has raised the bar on the standard of nightlife in Barrow” to make the effort. It has raised the bar on the standard of nightlife in Barrow, it is only fair customers should consider their appearance and wasn’t at its best and was in need of a desperate make over. In 2008 the all new Martini’s, now renamed as Club M, opened for the first time and more than 1,500 people went to its opening night. As well as a stylish new look, the club now has

behaviour.” The club is also known for attracting celebrities such as Caprice, the world famous super model, who took to the turntables as a Superstar DJ in

May of 2009. Signature, the dance duo who came runners-up to George Sampson on the 2008 series of the hit ITV1 show Britain’s Got Talent, also performed in May and DJ Dave Pearce made an appearance in December 2008.

Yates’s There are over 70 Yates’s throughout the UK, offering great food and an extensive range of drinks, all served by a friendly team. This establishment offers something for everyone 7 days a week. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to have lunch, or to party the night away on the weekend, Yates’s is the place to be. Situated on the corner of Cornwallis Street and Duke Street it is the perfect location for a fun night out with your friends. There’s something happening at Yates’s every night of the week from the Tuesday night Quiz to the popular Karaoke on a Thursday. Check out the Yates’s weekly itinerary to the right to see whats on, or visit the official website for much more information and for exclusive offers.

Monday is Chick Flick Night Soaps on TV, cheap wine £4.95 and cocktails - join us at the best ladies night in Barrow! Tuesday is Big Bri’s 80’s Night 80’s music all night from 8pm with a chance to win a gallon of lager and bitter Wednesday is a Mid-week chill Special drinks prices, with chilled out music to help relax the hours away! Thursday is Karaoke night. Win fantastic cash prizes for being either the best or worst singer! Friday is Yates’s BIG jukebox with the popular DJ Phil Saturday is Yates’s Clubland Night DJ Funky Phil is here playing all the latest club tracks Sunday is the weekend chill-out. Relax to cheap drinks, and unwind with some chilled sounds

Barrow in Focus  

Promoting tourism in Barrow-in-Furness

Barrow in Focus  

Promoting tourism in Barrow-in-Furness