Are you thinking of moving to Barrow? Barrow-in-Furness, often shortened to Barrow, is a town in Cumbria, in the North West of England and is an excellent place to live.
Surrounded by the Irish sea on three sides, Barrow has stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, magnificent views and plenty to see and do.
Here at Accent Housing, we provide affordable housing association homes to our tenants in Barrow and the surrounding area.
For anyone who is thinking of relocating to Barrow from another area, here are our five reasons to live in Barrow.
1. Barrow Is In A Stunning Part Of England
Number one of our top 5 reasons to live in Barrow has to be its location. With 60km of coastline and on the doorstep of the Lake District National Park, Barrow-in-Furness really has it all when it comes to scenery, landscape and nature.
The Barrow coastline is home to sandy beaches and dunes that support a rich natural habitat, as well as coastal cycling trails and walking trails, and a nature reserve. South Walney Nature Reserve is a shingle island with fantastic bird-watching opportunities and it’s also home to the only grey seal colony in Cumbria!
Roanhead Beach is popular with both locals and tourists and is great for catching the summer sun or enjoying the wonderful view of Duddon Estuary and the Lake Fells. The Barrow coast is also perfect for those who enjoy sports like windsurfing and kite surfing.
You can visit Roa Island, once a true island but now connected to the mainland by a causeway. Roa Island is home to an RNLI lifeboat station, established in 1864 and serving Morecambe Bay and the Irish Sea. From Roa Island, you can also catch the Piel Ferry which runs from Easter through to autumn and will take you across to Piel Island, where you can visit the castle and the pub, and maybe even meet the king of Piel Island!
2. Barrow Has Lots To See And Do
Barrow also has beautiful parks, a library, and a thriving town centre. Barrow is Cumbria’s largest town, with a wide range of independent shops and high street chains as well as plenty of places to eat and drink. And in the evening, Barrow has great nightlife too. So no matter what your hobbies and interests are, Barrow has something for you!
3. Barrow Has A Rich Heritage
Barrow has a rich and varied heritage. Following the arrival of the Furness Railway in 1846, Barrow was transformed from a tiny farming village into a bustling industrial town. Later, Barrow became instrumental in the war efforts during the first and second world wars and is renowned for building some of the most advanced nuclear submarines in the world. Barrow also has a rich maritime and shipbuilding history.
History lovers can even walk the same route as 12th-century monks on the Cistercian Way.
In 2016, Barrow was named number one in England for the quality of its natural heritage assets and number seven for its industrial heritage.
4. Barrow Has A Lively Music And Entertainment Scene
For music and entertainment lovers of all ages, Barrow is a great place to live with plenty of live events to enjoy throughout the year.
The annual Fudstock Festival is held in Barrow-in-Furness. Fudstock is a community music festival held annually at Cavendish Park. This family-friendly festival features music, arts, and wellbeing activities for all ages. Commenced in 2018 to commemorate the life of Richard Thorne, proceeds from Fudstock go to St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston. Previous lineups have included big names in the music world alongside local and emerging artists.
Also for music lovers, The Odd Frog, is a local grassroots live music venue in Barrow that offers food, drink and entertainment.
If theatre is more your thing, Barrow boasts its own Forum Theatre, hosting dance, comedy, cinema, theatre shows, and family entertainment.
5. Barrow Has A Bright Future
With a flourishing community and more people choosing to visit and live in Barrow, the area has a bright future ahead.
Barrow also has development on the horizon with regeneration projects, like the multi-million-pound regeneration of the docklands. A key part of the Cumbria Economic Plan, the dockland regeneration will create a new business park, marina and a village packed with shops, homes and restaurants, creating a thriving waterfront community for the future of Barrow-in-Furness.
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If you’re thinking of relocating to Barrow-in-Furness, we hope our 5 reasons to live in Barrow helped make up your mind! If you have any questions about finding an affordable home in Barrow, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Accent Housing team.
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