The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Barrow-in-Furness
Here is everything you need to know about Barrow-in-Furness, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!
Barrow-in-Furness Arts and Culture
House price’s in Barrow-in-Furness
Is Barrow-in-Furness a nice place to live?
Is Barrow-in-Furness safe?
Travelling in Barrow-in-Furness
What are the schools like in Barrow-in-Furness?
Eating and drinking in Barrow-in-Furness
Shopping in Barrow-in-Furness
Places to Stay in Barrow-in-Furness
Top 10 things to do in Barrow-in-Furness
Locksmiths in Barrow-in-Furness
Barrow-in-Furness is a town in Cumbria located in the North-West of England. The seaside town not only enjoys the benefits of the sea but is within touching distance of the Lake District. It will take you just over 5 hours to reach Barrow-in-Furness from London via the M6 and M1 or just over 4 hours via a couple of trains.
Barrow-in-Furness historically was part of Lancashire but was merged with Dalton-in-Furness in 1974 to form Barrow-in-Furness. There is evidence that Barrow-in-Furness was inhabited way back to just after the ice age around 12,000 years ago! More exciting pieces of evidence of Barrow-in-Furness’ history are being discovered more recently with 92 silver coins and artefacts from the Viking era in 2011 and in 2012 a Roman bracelet was found in the Dalton area.
Shipbuilding is something Barrow-in-Furness is known for but did you know it dates way back to 1873 when the first passenger cargo ship, the Duke of Devonshire was launched? Shipbuilding in the 1st and 2nd World Wars were crucial in Barrow-in-Furness with a large amount of women recruited into the town to build weapons during the first and large ships being built during the second.
It was during the Victorian era that Barrow-in-Furness boomed from a sleepy country village of 152 residents to almost 19,000 residents in just 30 years! From here a railway was built, the iron and steelwork industry grew within the town and ship launches were commonplace. Find out more about the history of Barrow-in-Furness here!
There are a couple of venues where you can enjoy the arts in Barrow-in-Furness including its very own award-winning multi-purpose arts centre, The Forum. Here you’ll catch theatre, variety shows and music catering for all ages! Another place to visit is Art Gene Gallery, this is an independently run, artist-led gallery who host a wide range of work including artists and architects from all over the world.
We know that there was a boom in the number of inhabitants living in Barrow from under a couple of hundred to almost 20,000 in the Victorian era and from there we have seen that number grow… until recently as the number of residents is dropping. In 1991 the population was recorded to be around 73,000 but has fallen since and is estimated to now be around just over 67,000. The Office for National Statistics reported in 2020 that Barrow-in-Furness has seen the biggest decrease in residents in England.
There were 483 sales over the last 12 months in Barrow-in-Furness. The average homeowner paid £149,205 but Zoopla estimates the average house price in Barrow-in-Furness to be slightly lower at £143,444. Over the last 12 months there has been a positive increase in the property markets value of a huge 11.98%.
Detached House Prices in Barrow-in-Furness
If you’re looking for a detached house in Barrow-in-Furness you can expect to pay around £267,896 as this is the average price homeowners paid over the last 12 months from 55 sales. However, Zoopla estimate this figure to be higher at £332,078 so make sure you keep that in mind. Again, there has been a very healthy value change for detached properties in the area of 9.08%.
Semi-Detached Houses in Barrow-in-Furness
There were plenty more sales of semi-detached homes in the area in comparison to detached properties at 140 sales. Of these sales homeowners paid £195,221 on average but following the trend Zoopla now estimate the current average value of a semi-detached property in Barrow-in-Furness to be worth £237,444, a great time for sellers! As you will probably note this means another healthy increase in value, this time slightly less but still a respectful 8.224%.
Terraced House Prices in Barrow-in-Furness
There were 278 sales of terraced homes over the last 12 months in Barrow with the average price buyers paid standing at £104,803 with the Zoopla estimate, you guessed it currently more at £163,578. This of course sees a very healthy value change again of 9.36% for terraced properties.
Flat Prices in Barrow-in-Furness
There were just 10 sales of flats in the town over the last year with these buyers paying £86,550 on average with the Zoopla estimate higher again at £112,178. Flat prices see the biggest value change of them all over the last 12 months though at 11.88%.
Renting in Barrow-in-Furness
The average property rents for £668pcm in Barrow-in-Furness. If you’re looking to rent a flat you can expect to pay around £679pcm and surprisingly less to rent a house at £642pcm.
Barrow-in-Furness has recently had a bad rep as it received one of the lowest scores on the happiness scale data provided by the Office for National Statistics. Perhaps it is due to a fading population from the once hustle and bustle that once was and left with the skeletons of an industrial site. However, there are plenty of plus towards the town that may attract you, for instance the decreasing population might be your cup of tea as you aim for a quieter life with less traffic, the 60km of beaches are truly stunning and attract lots of wildlife and the history is something to be admired such as Furness Abbey. Not only are there plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy but Barrow-in-Furness also enjoy theatre shows and festivals.
The latest data shows that during the month of March 2021 187 crimes were reported. The lowest number of crimes took place in December 2020 when looking back over the last year at 141 crimes reported and the highest month of crime was in May 2020 at 253. Find out more about these crime statistics over at police.uk website. There are many ways you can protect yourself and your home, just take a look at our blog to discover more. If you are moving into a new home it is vital you change your locks, you never know who may have a key and let themselves in, find out more about moving home security here!
Getting to Barrow-in-Furness by car, train or bus is easy. Check out the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness webpage here for more information.
Closest Airport to Barrow-in-Furness
The closest international airport to Barrow-in-Furness is Liverpool (LPL) Airport which is 55.9 miles away. It’ll take you just over 2 hours to reach the airport by car and around 3 hours via train.
There are 45 primary schools in the area, 9 secondary schools and 5 schools or colleges that offer 16-18yr education. There are just three schools that have managed to achieve an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ these are Newbarns Primary and Nursery School, Penny Bridge CofE School and Yarlside Academy. 5 Schools received the rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ within the area and the following schools and colleges achieved a very respectable ‘Good’ rating. Find out more about the schools and colleges in Barrow-in-Furness here.
Closest University to Barrow-in-Furness
Furness College itself offers some university degrees in subjects that include Business, Education, Engineering and Computing. You can find out more about the degrees on offer here.
If you’re looking to study something else but close by, Lancaster University is just over an hour’s drive away or is reachable in less than 2 hours via train. There are hundreds of courses on offer here so you may find the one that is right for you. Find out more about Lancaster University here.
The top three restaurants in Barrow-in-Furness according to Tripadvisor (May 2021) are:
- Sweet Pepper Cafe: a delicious plant-based food restaurant that serves a whole host of different foods from curries, stir-fry’s and burgers and more! All food is beautifully presented that tantalises all the senses.
- Thai at Review: with excellent reviews from previous customers who praise the tasty food and cosy atmosphere along with the take your own drink service a visit here is a must!
- Bosuns Locker Cafe: this cafe is popular due to its extensive lunch menu, whether you’re after freshly made sandwiches, brunch or tea and cake this cafe makes for a perfect pit stop!
As the largest town in Cumbria, Barrow is home to many high street stores in the town centre. Take a look around Portland Walk and Dalton Road for big name favourites, Cavendish Street, Scott Street for designer shops and Buccleuch Street, Crellin Street and Rawlison Street for some independent retailers.
Some of the best places to stay in Barrow-in-Furness are:
- Abbey House Hotel
- Number 19 Guest House
- Escape Hotel
- Furness Abbey
- Walney Island
- Piel Island
- The Dock Museum
- Peil Castle
- South Lakes Safari Zoo
- Barrow Park
- South Walney Nature Reserve
- The Forum Theatre
- Art Gene Gallery
When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for a Barrow-in-Furness Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Barrow-in-Furness provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!
There are many other things you need to consider when moving home so check out our Moving Home Checklist to help you along the way! Once you’re in consider improving the security of your home further still by checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here!
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