Tourism in Cumbria
Cumbria has a network of 25 Tourist Information Centres and seven Visitor Information Points which are operated by Local Authorities, Town Councils, the Lake District National Park or by private sector operators. Tourist Information Centres are an important part of the visitor welcome, they promote the area which helps visitors and locals make the most of what the county has to offer. This encourages economic growth through increased visitor spend, longer stays and return visits. Visitor Information Points provide a drop-in service for visitors and provide free literature that focuses on the local area. Unlike a Tourist Information Centre, the Visitor Information Point does not have dedicated staff to handle enquiries; however staff are on-hand to answer questions that visitors may have.
Cumbria Tourism will provide the following support to the TIC network:
- Technology: development of the Destination Management System (DMS) and GoLakes to support the visitor information programme.
- Facilitate the Visitor Information Partnership: to guide the future direction and management of visitor information infrastructure.
Who are we?
Barrow Borough Council is a second tier local authority covering the South West Corner of Cumbria including the Towns of Barrow-in-Furness and Dalton-in-Furness, the islands of Walney, Roa and Piel and the villages of Rampside, Marton, Lindal-in-Furness, Askam and Ireleth. The Tourism team is in the Directorate of Regeneration and Community Services and is led by Ann Taylforth, Town Centre and Festivals Manager supported by an Enjoy England Partner Tourist Information Centre.
What should you know about us?
Barrow is the largest town in Cumbria, surrounded by islands and beaches and has a deep water port owned by Associated British Ports which serves the offshore wind companies, cruise ships and freight. The Waterfront is the focus of a large regeneration programme for the port including a Marina, watersports centre, housing and business park. Barrow is a proud Victorian town who's fortunes were based on iron and steel, shipbuilding and engineering. Although the economy has now diversified and much of the heavy industry has long disappeared, it still has an extremely interesting industrial heritage and is a world leader par excellence in the construction of submarines and naval vessels. Dalton-in-Furness is the ancient capital of Furness. The area has a proud Cistercian heritage with the spectacular ruins of Furness Abbey, Dalton Castle and Piel Castle and the Cistercian Way wends its way through the Countryside. The coastline of Barrow Borough is some of the most designated in Europe with RAMSAR designation and sites of special scientific interest. The Nature Reserves of North Walney, South Walney and Sandscale Haws are of international importance. Sandy Gap beach on Walney island is the start of the W2W long distance cycleroute.
Tourism Services we offer
The Council runs various facilities including The Dock Museum, The Park Leisure Centre, Barrow Park, Barrow Markets, forum twenty eight (theatre & arts complex), Tourist Information Centre and owns Piel Island. Other attractions in the Borough include Furness Abbey, Dalton Castle, South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Colony Gift Corporation, North Walney Nature Reserve, South Walney Nature Reserve, Sandscale Haws Nature Reserve. The area offers 3 golf courses, horse riding and is home to watersports such as powerboating, sailing, sea canoeing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
TIC's we are responsible for
Barrow Tourist Information Centre, forum twenty eight, Duke Street, Barrow-n-Furness LA14 1HU tel 01229 876505
Director of Regeneration and Community Services Phil Huck 01229 876503
Town Centre and Festivals Manager Ann Taylforth 01229 876389
Barrow Tourist Information Centre 01229 876505
Barrow Markets 01229 876555
Dock Museum 01229 876400
Eden takes its name from the beautiful River Eden and includes the contrasting landscapes of Ullswater in the Lake District, Alston and the North Pennines, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the peaceful countryside and villages of the Eden Valley. The towns of Penrith, Alston, Kirkby Stephen and Appleby are all rich in history and heritage, with many interesting buildings, churches, museums and sites of interest. Ullswater is known as one of "England's most beautiful lakes" and offers many water based activities, including a cruise on one of the "steamers."
Eden offers many outdoor activities including walking, fishing and cycling - with the C2C cycle route passing through Penrith. For those who seek a different type of adventure, the Settle-Carlisle Railway line provides an opportunity to enjoy some breathtaking scenery. Eden also offers some of the best places to eat, from farm shops to award winning restaurants. The local farmers' markets give the opportunity to sample some local produce, including the local speciality of Cumberland Sausage.
Eden Tourism acknowledges the importance of tourism to the economy of Eden and carries out a variety of activities to help sustain and attract more visitors to the area. This includes production of the annual Eden Holiday and Attractions guides, maintaining and updating the Visit Eden website, offering advice and support to local tourism businesses, encouraging participation in quality assurance schemes and producing a wide range of marketing leaflets. Working in partnership with a variety of other local organisations is central to much of this work. Eden Tourism also operates three Tourist Information Centres and gives grant funding to a further two centres in the Eden District.
Joint Tourism Officers:
Jessica Goodfellow email@example.com Tel: 01768 212165 (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)
Sally Hemsley firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01768 212167 (Wednesday morning, Thursday & Friday)
Tourism Assistant: Catherine Brockbank email@example.com Tel: 01768 212265 (Monday to Thursday)
TIC Network Manager: Charles Thornton firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01768 212181 or
Eden District Council
Cumbria, CA11 7QF
Tourist Information Centres:
Eden Tourism operates 3 TICs:
Penrith 01768 867466
Kirkby Stephen 017683 71199
Alston (part of Local Links shared service with Cumbria County Council Library) 01434 382244
South Lakeland District Council's Economic Development Group work in partnership with all sectors to drive economic growth throughout south Lakeland to maximise opportunities for all.
Established in 1954, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. It's a special place - a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife.
Covering an area of 1,762 square kilometres (680 square miles), the National Park is located in the north of England, and straddles the central Pennines in the counties of North Yorkshire and Cumbria.
It is 50 miles (80.5 kilometres) north east of Manchester; Leeds and Bradford lie to the south, while Kendal is to the west and Darlington to the east. visit their website
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a precious landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them.
Tel: 01539 724555
Fax: 01539 740822
Lake District National Park Authority
Cumbria Tourism is the lead organisation for tourism in the county and is at the heart of the Cumbria Visitor Economy. It is also the largest membership organisation in Cumbria with more than 3,000 members. Over 40 million annual visitors to Cumbria contribute more than £2 billion to the local economy and support around 32,000 jobs. more about us
Cumbria Tourism is supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). The NWDA leads the economic development and regeneration of England's Northwest and is responsible for: Supporting business growth and encouraging investment; Matching skills provision to employer needs; Creating the conditions for economic growth; Connecting the region through effective transport and communication infrastructure; Promoting the region's outstanding quality of life.
Hadrian's Wall Heritage Ltd:
East Peterel Field
Dipton Mill Road
Tel: 01434 609700
Fax: 01434 601267