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Exploring the Area around Barrow-in-Furness

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The opportunities to visit some of the charming places in the rest of the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness should not be missed.

Dalton Castle in spring with daffodils and blossom.Dalton-in-Furness, the ancient capital of Furness, is conveniently situated on the A590 only four miles from the centre of Barrow. It is a traditional market town with interesting shops and a Tuesday market. A Footwear factory outlet is located on the edge of the town. South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton is the Lake District's only zoological park and is recognised as one of Europe's leading conservation zoos. Tel: (01229) 466086.

Some delightful villages can be found to the north of Dalton.
On the shores of the lovely Duddon Estuary lie the ancient port of Askam and Ireleth, two small villages of considerable character. Lindal, which is just to the north of Dalton on the A590 is a quaint village set in the undulating countryside of Furness with a history allied to the mining activity in the area. Lindal is home to Colony Gift Corporation, the UK's leading candle manufacturer and the most experienced producer of scented candles in Europe. The factory outlet is open to visitors. Adjacent is Chandlers, an award winning restaurant.
On the A5087 coast road lies the village of Rampside with impressive views of Roa Island, Piel Island and Morecambe Bay. Rampside and Roa Island offer visitor accommodation, pubs and the Bosun's Locker Café, whilst the nearby lifeboat station is open to the public at weekends during the summer.

Hollywood Park Retail and Leisure Complex.

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Features ...




  • MacDonalds restaurant with drive thru
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant with drive thru
  • Pizza Hut restaurant

Shopping Includes

  • Comet Electrical Superstore
  • Curry's Electrical Superstore
  • JJB Sports

Lots more...

Next to Hollywood Park is The Owl and the Pussycat, a Big Steak Inn and Wacky Warehouse Playbarn equipped with wobble bars, rope nets and ball pools.

FREE parking & regular bus service..

The Complex has free car parking and a regular bus service. The X35 Kendal - Grange - Ulverston - Barrow Express calls in. Check timetables or contact the Cumbria Journey Planner Enquiry Line on 0870 608 2608 for details.

Close to The Dock Museum and Channelside Haven

Hollywood Park is right next door to Barrow's flagship attraction, The Dock Museum. The Museum has its own landscaped grounds which link to the Cumbria Coastal Way walking and cycle route and the Walney to Weir National Cycleroute 20 and Channelside Haven viewpoint for a scenic outlook on Walney Channel.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park -

Rhino and Giraffe at WIld Animal Park.One of Europe's finest conservation animal park's housing some of the world's rarest species. Uniquely to Britain it is home to both Sumatran and Siberian tigers, as well as African lions.

There are animals from many continents, some free roaming, and informative talks featuring endangered species such as rhino's and tigers are a highlight of the day.
New for 2007
Skyway to the Bears - aerial walkway - opens February half term, Happy Feet walk with and hand feed penguins (due to open end of May), new tamarin habitat (due to arrive February/March), Yellow Mongoose Habitat (due to arrive February/March)
South Lakes Wild Animal Park,
LA15 8JR.
Telephone: 01229 466086.
For Further Details...including Opening Times and Admission Prices, visit their Website.

Furness Abbey

Founded in 1123, this is the second largest Cistercian Abbey in England. The magnificent ruins, which are managed by English Heritage are set in a beautiful wooded valley - The 'Vale of Deadly Nightshade'.

More information about Furness Abbey on our History and Heritage Page.


View of an arched corridor forming part of the ruins of Furness AbbeyEnglish Heritage,
Furness Abbey,
Telephone: (01229) 823420

Opening Times

1 April to 30 September: Daily 10am - 5pm.
1 October to 31 March: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday 10am - 4pm. 


Adult £3.50.
Concession £2.60.
Child £1.80.
Children under 5 and English Heritage Members free.
'Inclusive audio tour'.

Residents' Pass Scheme

This Summer, why not visit Furness Abbey, and South Walney Nature Reserve free of charge? 

Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council run a Pass Scheme for Borough residents so that they and their family can visit these wonderful local attractions without paying the admission charge.

To join the scheme residents should take their Council Tax Statement to Customer Services Desk in the Town Hall, Duke Street, Barrow, where, a single or family pass for both attractions will be issued. Take the pass along to Furness Abbey and the Nature Reserve at South Walney, and enter for free.
The extensive remains are open for visitors between 10.00am and 6.00pm every day through the Summer. Pass holders can enjoy the audio-tour for just £1.00.

For pass information, contact:

Customer Services,
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council.
Direct line: ( 01229) 876316

For Winter opening hours, contact:

Furness Abbey: ( 01229) 823420.
South Walney Nature Reserve: ( 01229) 471066.

Colony Candles -

Europe's largest producer of scented candles, hand finished in the traditional way. Visitors can purchase a wide variety of scented candles and home decor accessories from the Country Store, or view an exhibition on the history of mining in the area.

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Contact Details

Colony Country Store,
Colony Gift Corporation Ltd,
Cumbria LA12 0LD.
Tel: (01229) 461102.
Fax: (01229) 461101.

Shop Open

Monday - Saturday: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm.

Sunday: 11.30 am - 4.30 pm.

Open Bank Holidays.  Closed 25th, 26th December.

Cafe Open

Saturday: 10.00am - 4.45pm.

Sunday: 12.00pm - 4.15pm.

(Last Admission 3.15 pm).

LazerZone -

Boys playing LazerZone game.The Custom House Barrow's exciting and futuristic lazer tag facility. A combination of sport and modern technology.
The Net.Zone cyber cafe at the Custom House is equipped with 3 of the latest high-speed flat screen computers. Customers are able to surf the net, pick up emails and use office applications in one location. 
PlayZone, learning and development through magical adventure play. Kids Indoor Adventure Play Centre.
Tel: (01229) 823823.

Furness Owls.

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Furness Owls is a new attraction for the Furness area which opened in 2006 to help maintain the gene pool of captive bred owls, providing a fun and interesting day out for all.



  • Many owls displayed in their aviaries for you to see.
  • Flying shows each day during the season (weather permitting)
  • A petting zoo where you can meet a selection of locally bred animals including: Dexter Cattle, ryelands Sheep, Herdwick Sheep, Angora Goats, Kune Kune Pigs, Guniea Pigs and Rabbits Etc.
  • Photo booth where visitors can have their picture taken with selected owls.
  • Especially for the kids we have a playground where they can expend surplus energy while parents enjoy a cup of tea.
  • Catering facilities where meals can be purchased and eaten in our covered eating areas. Or if preferred taken to one of our picnic areas.
  • Plenty of rest areas to sit and contemplate and of course toilets and a gift shop.
  • The centre is mainly wheelchair friendly but there may be areas where the help of an able bodied person is required.

Prices and opening Times:

Open all year except Christmas and New Years Day.
October to March 10:00 to 16:00 (last entry 15:00).
April to September 9:30 to 17:00 (last entry 16:00).

Furness Owls Ltd,
Sandscale Park,
LA14 4QT.

Phone: 07982442085

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