This Lancashire port town is just a short distance from the Lake District, making it the perfect gateway to some of England's most beautiful countryside. Why not take a tour of some of the picture-perfect villages that dot the landscape, or travel up into the hills to take in truly breathtaking views of the valleys, forests and lakes below? For the more active, a day's hiking will allow you to explore some of the more wild parts of the Southern Lake District - perhaps you'll spot an elusive Red Squirrel or the rare Osprey.

Barrow itself offers some interesting sights - not least its historic docks where British submarines are still built. Barrow's long association for the Royal Navy is explored in the fascinating Dock Museum, housed in an old dry dock.


Shore excursions in Barrow

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Lake District Steam Train and Lake Cruise

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the beauty of the Lake District on a nostalgic steam train ride, a scenic lake cruise and a panoramic countryside drive.

From Barrow-in-Furness head north through the scenic Leven Valley to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway station. Here, you’ll board your waiting train for a 20 minute picturesque steam train ride along the banks of the River Leven to Lakeside, situated on the edge of Lake Windermere.

Transfer to your waiting boat for a 40 minute scenic lake cruise across the beautiful Lake Windermere, Englands largest lake, to Bowness-on-Windermere. As you glide along the water, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands.

On arrival in Bowness-on-Windermere, you’ll have around 1 hours’ free time to explore this quaint and popular tourist resort at your own leisure.

On the return to the ship, the landscape will change from rugged scenery to rolling farmland, criss-crossed by dry stone walls and dotted with sheep.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, steam train, boat and on foot. There are 3 steps to board the train and 5 steps to board the boat. Any walking during the free time is at the passengers’ own discretion. There is some uneven ground and a steep hill in Bowness.

Magnificent Muncaster

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Combine picturesque views with a visit to historic Muncaster Castle, with its elegant rooms, lovely grounds and leading owl sanctuary.

Your journey will take you along the edge of the Lake District National Park, where you’ll have lovely views over the green, rolling hills, dotted with sheep, and forested slopes, with the Lake District mountains looming in the distance to the impressive Muncaster Castle.

Magnificent Muncastle Castle, home to the Pennington family since 1208, is a lived-in family home set in manicured grounds with spectacular views over the Esk Valley and towards Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain. The grounds are also home to the World Owl Centre which contains the world’s largest collection of owls.

Enjoy a guided tour around this historic castle with its treasure trove of art and antiques. You’ll have the chance to see the Great Hall, Octagonal Library and the Elegant Library along with the drawing room and a number of the bedrooms.

There will be around 45 minutes’ free time to explore the gardens, which are a flowering paradise and home to many endangered species of plants, or visit the owl sanctuary, with more than 40 different types of owls from bizarre Fish Owls to diminutive Pygmy Owls.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours spent at the Muncaster estate. The castle grounds have some uneven grassy and gravel pathways. The World Owl Centre and the ground floor of the castle are both wheelchair accessible.

The Natural Beauty of the Lake District

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 7¾ hours

Experience spectacular scenery of lakes, mountains, villages and valleys on a scenic drive through the Lake District National Park.

This panoramic tour will take you through the Lake District National Park, an area of unrivalled beauty that has provided inspiration for countless artists and writers throughout the ages.

Your travels will take you through scenic countryside past Coniston Water, where several water speed records have been attempted, and along Rydal Water to Grasmere. Grasmere is one of Cumbria’s most popular villages and is associated with the Lake Poets. After a photo stop at Dove Cottage, the home of the poet William Wordsworth, you’ll have around 45 minutes’ free time to explore this pretty village.

Travelling north past Helvellyn, the 3rd largest peak in England, you will reach the popular market town of Keswick, nestled between the Skiddaw Mountains and Derwent Water. You will have approximately 45 minutes’ free time here to soak up the lovely views and browse the shops before travelling south to the lovely town of Ambleside, you’ll have around 1 hours’ free time to enjoy the ambiance of this largely Victorian town.

Your final stop will be Bowness-on-Windermere, half way along Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake. Around 30 minutes’ free time will be spent at this popular tourist destination to admire the stunning views over Lake Windermere and absorb the atmosphere of this lovely Victorian inspired town.

During your drive, you will see crystal clear lakes, lush green meadows surrounded by dry stone walls, the grandeur of the mountains, former mining towns with neat rows of Victorian houses and many quaint little villages.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Any walking is at passengers’ own discretion. There is some uneven and cobbled ground at some of the stops. Lunch has not been included to allow maximum flexibility.

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