Local Information

Inns and Restaurants

Broughton itself has excellent pubs, most of which serve food. Also in the Square there is a very good restaurant, Beswicks, and many more good pubs and restaurants are to be found within a range of a few miles in Ulverston, Coniston and the surrounding area.

History

On the East bank of Coniston Water is Brantwood, one-time home of John Ruskin the writer, painter, art critic and philosopher. Brantwood House

Furness Abbey, near Barrow, is one of the area's best kept secrets. Its magnificence recalls the days when the district of Furness was politically the most important region in England.

Millom is the birthplace of Norman Nicholson, the poet. It also has the interesting RAF Millom Aviation and Military Museum.

Ulverston is the birthplace of John Barrow, second Secretary to the Admiralty, who was the driving force behind Franklin's expedition to find the North West Passage.

Dalton-in-Furness is the birthplace of George Romney, perhaps the finest of all England's portrait painters.

Barrow-in-Furness has a long history of shipbuilding and the Dock Museum is worth visiting to get some idea of the contribution made by Barrow people, particularly in relation to the construction of submarines.

Blackwell is an impressive Arts & Crafts house near Bowness on Windermere. Blackwell house

Also, of course, besides the history made by the great and the good, there are traces everywhere of the water mills, bobbin mills, bloomeries and blast furnaces that form part of the area's rich industrial heritage, and the vernacular architecture that makes the Lake District one of the treasures of the world.

Things to See

This could be a very long list, but a few of the places it would be a shame not to see are:

South Lakes Animal Park in Dalton. The parrots and macaws fly free, and the park has the biggest collection of marsupials outside Australia. There are also free range tigers. terracotta rhino

La’al Ratty. Plying between Ravenglass and Boot in Eskdale, this narrow gauge steam railway once used to take stone from the quarries for onward shipment.

Muncaster Castle, home of the Pennington family for 800 years. The World Owl Centre is to be found here.

Active Pursuits

There are unrivalled opportunities for fellwalking all around and water sports enthusiasts are within easy reach of Coniston Water, made famous by Donald Campbell. Sea anglers and freshwater fishermen will find plenty of places to practice their art. Rock climbers and canoeists should be in paradise too.

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Furness Abbey

The Square Cafe, The Square, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria LA20 6JA

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Last updated August 2013