Free-guided tours of Barrow’s historic Town Hall for national Heritage Open Days

Barrow Borough Council is opening up the historic Town Hall and offering free guided tours to members of the public. 

As part of the national Heritage Open Days this month, visitors will be able to take advantage of a guided tour of the Town Hall to visit areas usually closed to the public, such as the Mayor’s Parlour and the Banqueting Hall. 

The impressive Town Hall, built from local red sandstone, was formally opened in 1887 to coincide with Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Since then it has been used as the council’s political and administrative hub. 

Councillor Helen Wall, lead member for wildlife and heritage, said: “We are so pleased to be able to take part in Heritage Open Days with an event like this. It’s important the town is recognised for its history locally and nationally. 

“Furness people love Barrow town hall and are always keen to come inside and have a look round when we are able to open it. There is no other town hall like it in Cumbria and visitors are always impressed.

“I never get tired of showing people the stunning banqueting room, drawing room, Queen’s Hall and impressive council chamber.”

At 50 metres in height, the Town Hall building was designed by W.H. Lynn. It lies within a Conservation Area and has Grade II* listed status. 

The two-day event launches on Friday, September 17 with tours available at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Tours on Saturday, September 18 will take place at the same times. Refreshments will be available at The Forum. 

Pre-booking is essential, as tickets are limited, and must be made through The Forum Theatre box office by calling 01229 820000 or by visiting