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The Dock Museum

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Best museum

The best museum visited so far. Warm and welcome atmosphere, very helpful staff. There are also... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile

Fantastic place to visit, packed with information about the surrounding area including the High and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“free entry”(28 reviews)
“local history”(19 reviews)
The Dock Museum is a striking modern building on a scenic channelside site with free admission. Built in a historic nineteenth century dock, the museum is home to a wealth of objects on the social and industrial history of the Furness area...more
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North Road, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2PW, England
+44 1229 876400
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 October 2013

Easy to find and park free of charge, good exhibits, plenty to amuse children, reasonable priced cafe a good day out with a pleasant walk along the Walney Estuary.

4  Thank Aquamar
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 17 July 2014

I took an old friend, primarily for him to see the superb ship models. He would have stayed there all week I think, just to admire the details on those. Having seen them several times I went and enjoyed the films on the lowest floor,...More

6  Thank Martin B
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All reviews free entry well worth a visit local history rainy day lower floor ship building industry play area premier inn nice cafe interesting exhibits small cinema interesting visit shipbuilding history bottom floor on display all ages gift shop
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The best museum visited so far. Warm and welcome atmosphere, very helpful staff. There are also organic products and hand made accesories to purchase inside the museum. The lip balms are very good.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic place to visit, packed with information about the surrounding area including the High and Low Furness and the growth of the town from a small hamlet to the largest iron and steel centre in the world. Explanation about the unique layout of the town...More

Thank 720jackson5
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good homemade food Great place for all family's Always good value for money Recommed for everybody to try

Thank Helen T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Dock Museum is around one mile on foot away from Barrow-in-Furness railway station and it overlooks Walney Island. There are many interesting displays concerning the rise of Barrow from sleepy village to industrial hub thanks to the discovery of high grade iron ore in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Saturday and it wasn’t very lively! Very quiet with no kind of interactive activities like advertised. The different boats were interesting but would be good to know that the bottom floor was closed!

1  Thank lilijan18
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this museum a few yrs ago and where really looking forward to a revisit. Unfortunately it didn't turn out like that. Lower floor not open, middle floor just a exhibition all about Morecombe Bay, top floor fascinating ship model's, children's area the one...More

2  Thank boydy73
Reviewed 9 October 2018

This place has so much stuff from the local area, from photos, memorabilia that families have donated to full scale models of ships that were built in the local Shipyard. There’s something for everyone, you can even have a cuppa in the cafe afterwards. Be...More

Thank Tracey T
Reviewed 3 September 2018

This is built on the site of an old graving dock and the museum still has part of this as its foundations, see this on the 3rd level. It has the Barrow history through the ages and I still can't believe that there were over...More

1  Thank Gordon T
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Informative and entertaining. Free and a lot to look at. Particularly enjoyed the models, possibly found my dream job, only to read it has been replaced by computer design. Maybe I do not posses the skills either, but I did what a fabulous job. Completed...More

Thank Fatfool
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

This museum is free entry and there is lots to look at showcasing the local area and shipbuilding heritage The cafe is welcoming with a good choice of lunchtime meals and cakes. Good value too!

1  Thank Val M
DockMuseum, General Manager at The Dock Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review the museum. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and we have passed on your kind words to the cafe. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

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23 June 2018|
Response from Edwina J | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Filter and coffee machine with coffee beans.
Janet O
8 May 2018|
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Response from Cherry H | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry I wouldn't know. I feel it is unlikely but worth contacting the place and asking directly.
21 July 2016|
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Response from Leanne L | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, When we went it was that soft squashy ground like you get on baby soft play areas outdoors but that was for the toddle bit say 2/3 ages upwards. I wouldn't personally let baba crawl as there were the odd stones... More