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Welcome to the Port of Barrow-in-Furness The Port of Barrow, situated on the north-west coast of England, is the largest deep-water port between Liverpool and Scotland, making it the ideal…

Welcome to the Port of Barrow-in-Furness

The Port of Barrow, situated on the north-west coast of England, is the largest deep-water port between Liverpool and Scotland, making it the ideal maritime gateway to the English Lake District.

Cruise ship visits 2016

12th July Saga Pearl

12th August Braemar


Facilities available to Cruise Passengers at the port of Barrow


Disembarking passengers and crew can be assured of a warm Cumbrian welcome of musical entertainment, stalls selling souvenirs and local crafts. A Tourist Information Point in a marquee on the quayside and a shuttle bus service is provided for passengers and crew into the Town Centre. From here there is a comprehensive local bus service to the Central Lakes (Bowness and Windermere) and Kendal with Stagecoach (X6) and a direct bus service to Coniston operated by Blueworks (X112). Local trains run along the Furness line from Barrow to Lancaster. The Team from Barrow will be on the quayside to welcome you and assist with enquiries, information and guidance.

An introduction to local attractions and further information about access to and from the Port of Barrow are available for download in our Cruise Information Pack (MS Word 121 Kb).

Information about the area is available in the Tourism and Travel section of this web site.

Also available for download are Street Maps, Tourism Walking leaflets for the Barrow Area and the following link for the Barrow Tourist leaflet.

Barrow Port and Transport Information bespoke to each visit will be available shortly.

  • Dock or Anchor?: Dock alongside no 4 berth accessible off Cavendish Dock Road
  • Is pier wheelchair accessible? Yes
  • Distance from Gangway to bus: Immediately adjacent
  • Distance Pier from Town Centre 1.4 miles. Can You Walk? Shuttle buses will be provided free of charge but it is possible to walk.
  • Taxis Available at Pier? Yes Cost to Town Centre: £3. US$ Accepted? No.
    Taxi contact details are included in the Cruise Information Pack (MS Word 113 KB).
  • Taxis Metered? Yes Hourly Rate: £20.
  • Download Lake District Tours information from A1 Taxisor contact A1 Taxis at
  • Blue Badge Driver Guide Tours contact Cumbrian Discoveries
  • Phones Available at Pier? No, nearest in Town Centre behind the Town Hall and on Dalton Road. Payphones are also available at the Tourist Office in Forum. – phone cards and currency is available the from post office nearby.
  • Bureau de Change: Thomson, Thomas Cook, First Choice and Co-op Travel and Post Office on Dalton Road, Provident Finance and Post Office on Duke Street (only travel agents open on Sundays)
  • Cash Point: There is a cash point in Wilko's opposite the Town Hall and Tesco opposite the Dock Museum
  • Car Hire: Avis and Budget have special Meet and Greet arrangement Tel Hertz Tel 01229 836666; Enterprise Tel 01229 820055, be booked on line and passengers collected from quayside).


How to Get to


Distance from Ship


Taxi Cost


3.4 miles


Train Station

2 miles


Bus Station

1.4 miles


Ferry Terminal



Shopping Centre

1.4 miles



120 miles


Catholic Church

1.4 miles


Protestant Church

1.1 miles





Cyber Cafe

1.6 miles


Tourist Information Centre desk

On the Quayside



1.4 miles




P&O Adonia Visit 22nd June 2014


The Adonia docked in Barrow on 22nd June, 2014. Passengers enjoyed a sail away on a beautiful evening with hundreds of onlookers on the quayside and along Walney Channel and at Roa Island to wave goodbye.


Passengers visited The Dock Museum and Furness Abbey as well as taking ships excursions around the Lake District, on the Windermere steamer and Muncaster Castle.







Associated British Ports and Barrow Borough Council asked passengers what they thought of their visit. The warmth of the welcome in Barrow was highly rated with 100% of respondents being satisfied or very satisfied. 90% of respondents said that they would come back to Barrow again, whilst 98% said they would visit the Lake District in the future. 63% of respondents had decided not to purchase a ship's shore excursion, and 83% chose to use the free shuttle buses provided by the Council and Associated British Ports.


A selection of passenger comments from the visit


“Very friendly, helpful welcome” Tony & Mary Pickard


“A very nice friendly area. Clean” P Dewer


“Really appreciated the wonderful museum. Very well set out – very interesting”


“Friendly welcome in port” H Perous


“Weather good, reception good, scenery good – whole visit good” G Brown


“Enjoyed Gill’s guided tour of Furness Abbey”


“Heritage trip very good” A Arnold


“Enjoyed our visit to Barrow very much”


“Great Maritime Museum at Graving Dock” J Boyd Smith


“We enjoyed our morning in Barrow” Anne Davies


“Would have liked longer to explore” P Connor


“Beautiful scenery, beautiful weather, lovely people” G Leech




“Very pleased with free bus to Furness Abbey” T Goddard


“Very friendly, helpful welcome in Marquee”


“Very organised and pleasant reception. Nice to be given a shuttle bus timetable – extremely helpful”


“Your representatives at the Marquee reception area were extremely helpful, even beyond their normal services, which was much appreciated. The Volunteer guide at Furness Abbey was very knowledgeable and made it a fascinating visit” A A Farrant


“Very welcoming. Excellent walking tour and Dock Museum. Barrow is much nicer and more interesting than expected” A R Weston


Excellent guide at Furness Abbey – longer stay should be encouraged” G Shirley


“Lovely day – with great welcome and weather! Pity it was a Sunday though P Bogusz


“I thought the people of Barrow were well organised and welcoming” K Crossley


“A very nice friendly area. Clean” R Davies


“Enjoyed our visit” B Arnold


“Great trip” D Attix


“The walking tour was very good. Friendliness and courtesy of people” Mr & Mrs Williams


“Wonderful welcome – thank you” D Newman


“Very friendly town” Ruddleston


“Thank you for a very warm welcome and your help”


“Loved the pride that the people showed in their town. Spread it across the rest of the UK” S Jones




A selection of Passenger comments from previous visits


I feel that I must write and congratulate you and your staff who put on such a warm welcome to Barrow last week.






We were fortunate to be one of four British couples on the Tahitian Princess when she sailed in last week. The reception, the facilities and effort put in by your staff made us proud to be English. I am also able to tell you that it was the talk of the ship at Dinner that evening and many people around us (all Americans) said that they would be coming back as the area could not be covered in one day. It also seemed that quite a few people spent considerable sums of money whilst ashore which can't be bad for the local economy.


We would be grateful if you could pass on our thanks to those concerned as it also made it such a memorable day for us as well.


Liz and Keith Frost



My husband and I arrived in Barrow on May 22 and we received the most wonderful warm welcome that we could ever imagine. Thank you so much for all that you and your government agencies did to arrange the bands, dancers, tent with money exchange and crafts, etc. We were all so excited to receive such a wonderful welcome. Your residents were out on a peninsula waving at us and watching us arrive; other townspeople came out to the lock to see us depart. Again, we have taken around 15 cruises and never received such a fantastic reception! We will recommend Barrow to all of our friends and hope to visit there again someday. Regards Maurice and Evelyn Heuss, Deland, Florida, USA PS We enjoyed the Dock museum very much and your free shuttle bus was such a help to all!



Deborah Cosper Hughs "Thank you for a most perfect day due to the amazing hospitality of your town and your people. I love my country but could imagine living here" "I was so moved by the graciousness of your town! Loved the band"


Katherine Cosper "Most gracious reception very organised. Simply a great day and visit. Thank you so much!"


Sue Davis "Loved the area, I would like to return and stay for a week or so to see more"


Lucia de la Torre "It's a lovely town and the people are friendly and helpful... Thank you!


"The Dockyard Museum was excellent ... Thank you very much"


Teresa Osbeck "Best welcome of any port"


Joseph Milliner "I am a New Yorker and am not used to such sincere kindness. A warm welcome"


Eileen Roeker "People were very friendly and helpful. A beautiful city, tulips added colour. Dock Museum was great"



"To the Residents of Barrow


Thank you.


We feel you were bombarded today with 600+ total strangers and to be able to handle, all at one time, this number of passengers can be quite a challenge. It is our opinion you handled this challenge extremely well.


We took a cab to the Lake District and saw Lake Windermere, Beatrix Potter Attraction, Rydal Mount, St. Mary's Church at Rydal Mount and Furness Abbey. We had dinner at Chevita - excellent food and staff was great.


We cannot thank you enough for making our day in Barrow and the surrounding area such an enjoyable and very scenic experience. Neil was our cab driver (A1 Taxis) and we spent 5 1/2 hours with him and he did an excellent job taking us around and showing us as much as we could see in such a short time period. God willing - we would like to return and see more of this area.


Thank you for all your hard work, friendliness and information sent prior to our arrival. We can only hope the passengers from the Tahitian were as pleasant, courteous and friendly to all those they met today in Barrow and the Lake District.


Thank you for all your hard work and making us feel so welcome.


Craig Haraghian and Ann Matthews"