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“The best free museum I've been to!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Dock Museum

The Dock Museum
North Road, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2PW , England
01229 876400
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“The best free museum I've been to!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

To be honest I wasn't that keen on going here but my husband persuaded me and I'm really glad he did. So little is free these days but free admission and free parking were a really nice suprise to start with. Inside gave you a real insight into the history of Barrow-in-Furness, you could tell the displays had been put together by people who really cared about the area. The best part of the museum is the beautiful model boats that they have, the detail is phenomenal, a real treat for all you model and museum enthusiasts!!
A nice little cafe and gift shop make this a perfect way to spend a couple of hours.

Visited February 2013
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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“good cheap day out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

took our little boys here our 4 year old loved it especially the park and all the models of the boats. really good time and took a hour or so of day up, cafe was ok as well

Visited June 2012
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Cumbria
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Interesting exhibitions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

The local history, changing exhibitions, location and a good cafe make the musuem a good venue to visit.

Visited September 2012
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Haddenham, United Kingdom
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45 attraction reviews
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“Oasis in Barrow.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I travelled by train from Carnforth to Barrow, along one of the most scenic rail journeys in the UK and spent four hours in Barrow. Barrow has a poor press, but this is not to understand the city. Its population rocketed from about 100 in 1840 to over 80,000 in 1880 because iron ore was discovered, and the subsequent iron and steel foundries created mass employment in the ship and submarine building industries. Then the iron ore ran out, and the industry went into sharp decline, leaving the local population stranded for work. It became like Milton Keynes without the computer, or Durham without its mines. Yes, there are rows of Victorian town houses, but far from being slums they appear well-maintained and there is a strong sense of community. The population of Barrow has not let itself down; it is a product of poor political planning and foresight. By far the best attraction in Barrow is the Dock Museum. Free parking and free entrance into a well laid out and exhibited museum built into a disused dry dock. There are fabulous large scale models of warships built around the turn of the 20th Century and a great many interesting exhibits of Victorian life in Barrow until the present day. Barrow took its fair share in the Blitz of 1940 too, with 600 houses completely destroyed and 1400 severely damaged. 85 people were killed. It is a fascinating and interesting museum and I cannot wait to return.

Visited October 2012
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Barrow-in-furness, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A Great Way to Spend a Rainy Day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

This is well worth a visit with something to keep all the family amused and interested. Lots of exhibits giving a wonderful history of Barrow and surrounding area all beautifully presented. Lovely place to walk round. Great little cafe.

Visited August 2012
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