Discover the Beauty of the English Lake District
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Many fine churches and public buildings, such as the town hall, reflect Barrows prosperity during the Victorian era when locally refined steel led the town into the shipbuilding industry. The Royal Navy submarines are still built in Barrow. There is a Dock Museum on Barrow docks. Walney Island, a ten mile offshore island, is connected to the town by a bridge. It has two nature reserves. Many species of bird have been recorded including large colonies of Herring Gulls and Lesser Black Backed Gulls. The impressive Furness Abbey, a few miles outside Barrrow, was a very influential Cistercian Abbey. A small museum has some original abbey carvings. There are only a few self catering cottages and houses in the Barrow/Walney Island area but there are more cottages on the wider Furness peninsula. This includes the towns of Broughton, Dalton and Kirkby-in-Furness and Ulverston.