Rainy day activities in Barrow

Barrow-in-Furness has an enviable location in Cumbria, nestled between the coast and the Lakes. Whatever the weather the town is brimming with attractions and is a great place to visit with all the family. Take a look at our top picks for those wet weather days. 

The Dock Museum

The Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness

Discover the fascinating heritage of Barrow-in-Furness at the brilliant Dock Museum, including cave finds, Viking treasures, Victorian Life, and Anderson shelters from the Second World War.

Did you know Barrow has been at the cutting edge of building vessels such as submarines, warships and beautiful liners for more than a century? Submarines are still built here today.

This must-visit attraction is found within a historic 19th century dock and is sure to keep you busy all morning with a wealth of interesting artifacts detailing the social and industrial history of the town – Plus it’s free to enter! The Dock Museum is open 11am – 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Urban Extreme Skate Park

Urban Extreme Skate Park

If the kids are looking for something more exhilarating, then a day at Cumbria’s first indoor skate park will be right up your alley!

This huge indoor skate park caters for beginners through to extreme skate pro’s and kids can have a fun session testing their skills on the mini ramps, quarter pipes, foam pits and giant bowl area.

Don’t worry if you haven’t brought your own equipment, there are scooters, BMX and skateboards available to hire onsite.

Barrow Library

Sometimes when it’s cloudy outside all you want to do is curl up with a good book and a cup of tea.

Barrow’s library has been transformed into a community hub with a brand-new children’s library and ‘teen zone’ space, a private soundproof pod, plus a sensory zone for children with additional needs.

The cosy new café area is the perfect space to sit back and relax while you read.

Places to eat – Winter weather calls for hearty comfort food.

Check out the Bakehouse at Charnley’s, a beautiful coffee shop in the heart of the Charnley’s Home and Garden Centre (Dalton-in-Furness). The delicious menu features woodfired pizzas, pastas and homemade cakes and desserts. Book ahead to guarantee a seat.

Peace and Loaf, get your caffeine fix from this superb little bakehouse in Barrow – Their ever-changing menu features yummy cakes, donuts, toasted sandwiches, soup and more.

Abbey House Hotel & Gardens sits within 14 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Oscar’s, the hotel’s AA Rosette acclaimed, restaurant serves a gourmet seasonal menu that features fresh local Cumbrian produce. Why not try their newly designed Afternoon Tea?

More ideas on eating out in Barrow-in-Furness here

Rainy day retail therapy

The Bumblebee

Throw on your raincoat and hit the high streets. A cloudy day is the perfect opportunity for some retail therapy, and Barrow’s high street is host to independent retailers, specialist shops and national brands.

Nearby Dalton-in-Furness’ high street is also well worth a browse. Whist you are there check out Charnley’s Home and Garden Centre, with a huge selection of plants, homeware and cute gift ideas – we could browse all day long.

Barrow Market Hall

Located in the heart of Barrow Town Centre, Barrow Market Hall is one of the largest indoor markets in Cumbria. With over 50 independent stall holders you will find everything from fine Cumbrian produce, colourful clothing, jewellery, and international cuisine.

No matter the weather, you can take your time browsing the huge array of specialty products and stop to chat to the friendly stallholders. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am – 5pm.

The Forum

The Forum

Catch a show at The Forum – Barrow’s premier theatre and arts centre boasts an impressive entertainment programme packed with music, comedy, dance, drama, cinema, and children’s events.

Discover one of the many family-friendly matinees during the day with the kids or make a night of it and enjoy dinner in town before heading to an evening show. With a mix of internationally renowned performers and talented local amateur groups, there is something to suit all ages and interests.

Meanwhile The Forum Silverscreen cinema shows films on the first Friday of each month, ranging from classics to the latest blockbusters. The Forum Café & Bar is also onsite for your pre-theatre confectionary and drinks.

Discover more about Barrow-in-Furness at visitbarrow.org.uk

Supported by ERDF, HM Government and Borough of Barrow

The Welcome Back to High Streets Project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and HM Government as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

Please follow HM Government COVID-19 safety guidelines when you visit. Support our local shops and businesses by being mindful of social distancing and wearing a mask in enclosed spaces. Wash your hands often using soap and water and dry them thoroughly, and where available, use hand-sanitiser as you enter and leave shops. Enjoy your visit and stay safe!




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