Top Barrow attraction receives prestigious VisitEngland award

ONE of Barrow’s most popular attractions has received a prestigious award from national tourism organisation VisitEngland.


The Dock Museum, in Barrow, shares the social and industrial heritage of the area and welcomes thousands of visitors through its doors every year.


Today, the museum is awarded VisitEngland’s Hidden Gem award - an honour that recognises attractions across the UK that offer innovative, interesting or unique tourist experiences.


Councillor Tony Callister, Barrow Borough Council’s lead member for Arts, Culture and Leisure, said: “The Dock Museum genuinely is an absolute gem and something that we, as a borough, can be very proud of.


“Hearing that the museum has been recognised nationally by VisitEngland is fantastic. 


“My congratulations and admiration goes to the small team at The Dock Museum for all of the work they put into making it such an incredible place for everyone who visits.”


The Dock Museum received an accreditation inspection from Visit England earlier this year. It was awarded an impressive 91 per cent - its highest ever score.


The VisitEngland inspection report described The Dock Museum as ‘an excellent local asset’ with ‘a fascinating collection and a vibrant and interesting temporary exhibition



It added that museum staff were friendly and helpful to visitors and their enthusiasm for the museum and local area shone through. 


John Irving, Premises Manager at The Dock Museum, said: “We are over the moon to have received the Hidden Gem award from VisitEngland.


“Everyone here is passionate about sharing Barrow’s incredible story and we look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors through the doors of the museum in the year ahead.”

To find out about the latest exhibitions, please follow The Dock Museum on social media or visit the website 


The Dock Museum is owned and operated by Barrow Borough Council.

Entry is free.

More information can be found here: The Dock Museum | Welcome