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Review of The Dock Museum

The Dock Museum
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

This is a museum with a lot going for it, we've visited many times and it grows on you! While it's first and foremost the dock museum, it has important 'finds' from all over the Furness Peninsula including the recent Viking coin hoard. This split between two functions means the museum can be difficult to follow, it rewards patience. Much of the structure is built into the old graving dock so it's worth going down below water level...where there are often interesting exhibitions. On the ground floor actual Barrow built sailing ships and models of the bigger Passenger liners, warships and submarines. Good stuff on the industrialisation of the area - much more accessible on a second visit.
Location? Down from Tesco on the road to Walney Island. Good parking, free admission, tasty food at the restaurant, at the water's edge. Recommended. Trip Advisor misses out another gem - at South Walney nature reserve you have a truly unique experience, largest gull cony in Europe plus probable seals etc. Fantastic sea views incl Piel Castle.

Thank Apicius59
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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.

Thank Ali H
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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

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

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

Thank YorkieCumbria
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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.

1  Thank Michael P
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