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The Dock Museum

4 star Rating 4/5 (1 review)

Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, England

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Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Suitable for ages: Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Barrow in Furness grew from a tiny 19th Century hamlet to the biggest iron and steel centre in the world in just 40 years.

Built in an historic graving dock, the museum is home to a wealth of objects and information on the social and industrial history of the Furness area and also showcase rolling temporary exhibits too.

It's educational stuff to be sure but it's well applied across a range of evolving galleries and as such is great resource for those covering industrialisation at school. Smaller types will enjoy taking part in the range of Kiddie Quizzes (with prizes, apparently!) plus there's a short film show.

There are daily hands-on tours with friendly and informed guides helping you explore the museum's collection, with a chance to handle non-upsetting objects from World War 2 and Victorian soap, plus the kids can find out what the Victorians did before they had television! The whole place is push and wheel chair accessible with lifts to upper levels.

There are pleasing landscaped Channel-side walks linking to the Cumbria Coastal Way with great views (in good weather) over to the mountain Black Combe and to Walney Island. Plus, an adventure playground outside with plenty of play equipment to burn off the energy built up while learning something!

The museum has been awarded the Quality Assured Visitor Attraction awarded by Visit England.


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Onsite Shop Onsite Shop
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


North Road, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, LA14 2PW, England


Click here to visit The Dock Museum's website
01229 876400

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00


Free admission


You can learn a lot

4 star Rating 4 / 5

Written by SparklinDiamond . 24.04.17

You can definitely learn a lot about the town of Barrow-in-furness from this museum. There are interactive things for children to do too. Probably more interesting if you live there (like I do.) Although we brought relatives from Australia who also loved it

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