Your Guide to Barrow

Wigan Warriors are in Carnegie Challenge Cup Round 4 action on Sunday as they face Barrow Raiders at Craven Park, 3pm kick off.

A big thank you to Vice-Chairman David Sear who has provided the guide below for Warriors fans making the trip.

Up for the Cup -Barrow Raiders v Wigan Warriors

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Mark Coward Stadium at Craven Park for the Carnegie Challenge Cup fixture.

We are proud of the fact that the ground is owned by the club but are aware that it is in need of investment as regards the facilities when compared with modern stadia. I am sure that the warmth of the welcome for our visitors and the atmosphere generated by a crowd being so close to the action will help make up for any shortfalls in amenities.

You will find the pitch to be better than some in Super League.

We hope the following information will be of assistance to those making the journey.

There is a small supporters’ bar within the ground, a couple of burger stalls and various tea/coffee outlets. In addition we will be setting up extra bars selling chilled lager in plastic bottles. These outlets are not franchised out and all profits come back to the club.

The retail parks near to the ground all have 2 hour parking limits on them. They are managed by specialist firms who will no doubt be seeing the cup tie as a potential money spinner and levy a minimum fine of £70 on those who are unlucky enough to be caught out.The pay and display council owned car parks are free to use on a Sunday.The main Portland Walk car park closes at about 5pm on a Sunday. The car parks at the rear of the Town Hall and in Emlyn St are about 300 yards from the ground.

The Dock Museum some 400 yards from the ground has free car parking and room for coaches. It is alongside the channel side with a small play area for children and is a nice place to stretch your legs. It is an award winning attraction which is free to visit and houses a small cafe.

The streets around the ground have unrestricted parking on a Sunday. As it is residential area it can be easier to park in the shopping streets and walk that little bit further.

The route into town has now been "improved" with a one-way system. If you are heading for the Dock Museum follow the one way system past the west side of the ground and follow directions for Walney Island - it is on your right opposite the BAE submarine facility. For other parking take the left hand lane off Walney Road at the traffic lights just after Topps Tiles and Lidl. This will bring you down past the main entrance to the ground with the Town Hall being reached by going straight on at the next roundabout.

If you are thinking about coming up on the Saturday and staying overnight - the following hotels support the Raiders.

The Abbey House Hotel, Abbey Road, Barrow in Furness - a good standard country house type establishment. (tel 01229 838282)

Chequers Hotel and Restaurant, Abbey Road, Dalton in Furness (tel 01229 465910)

Infield Hotel, Abbey Road, Barrow in Furness ( tel 01229 831381)

All of these are best reached by leaving the A590 at Dalton in Furness and travelling through Dalton along Abbey Road which will eventually bring you near to the ground.

Also best reached via Dalton in Furness are the following pubs.

The Strawberry Hotel, Abbey Road, Barrow in Furness - ( tel 01229 825321) the land-lord is Steve Hogan the former Barrow and Warrington prop.

The Vic Tavern, Oxford St, Barrow in Furness (tel 01229 828899).

In the town centre there are The Ambrose, Duke St, next to the ground (tel 01229 830990)

The Theatre Bar, Cavendish St. ( tel 01229 825272)

The Cross Keys, Preston St (tel 01229 828447)

The Albion Hotel, Schneider Square ( tel 01229 820089)

There are the usual pub chain type premises and working men’s clubs within walking distance of the ground but the only ones to show any support for the club are those listed.

Further afield the Sun Inn, Market St, Ulverston ( 01229 585044) is a keen supporter of rugby league.

It is best to ring to see which establishments provide food or can put on pie ‘n peas or similar.

Visit for further information including sat. nav. references for the car parks.

Enjoy your visit.

Dave Sear,

Vice Chairman, Barrow Raiders

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