Dalton in Furness

Dalton in Furness is a small friendly town in between Barrow in Furness and Ulverston with a very big history. The town is mentioned in the Doomsday Book, then known as Dultune and was the capital of Furness. The area that is now the Borough of Barrow in Furness was covered by the parish of Dalton in Furness. Dalton in Furness is now in the civil parish of Dalton Town with Newton.

Dalton - in - Furness

The Town

Dalton in Furness has its own castle at the top of Market Street next to the church of St Mary. The castle is a 14th century Pele tower that was built by the monks of Furness Abbey to protect the approach to the Abbey. It later became the administrative centre for the Abbot where he held court and dispensed justice. The castle remained  a courthouse for over 300 years after the dissolution of the Abbey in 1537. In front of the Castle are the curved stone slabs where the fish were dried in the original market site. From the castle you can see across Dalton and it gives a real feeling of a welcoming town.

At the other end of Market Street is Tudor Square, known as Town End in the 16th century and it was originally the centre of a separate village and had its own green and farms. The name changed to Tudor Square in 1886 and the horses pulling carts of iron ore to Barrow docks stopped here for water. The town is full of history and was the home of renowned portrait painter George Romney. With shopping, carnivals, walks, eating and drinking establishments, the zoo, castle and the history, there is something for everyone.

The Castle

Dalton Castle

Tudor Square

Dalton also boasts South Lakes Wild Animal Park, one of the best conservation zoos around and has received top attraction of excellence many times by Cumbria Tourist Board. The lemurs roam freely around the park and throughout the day there are feed the animal sessions. There are also Tigers, Lions, Hippo’s, Giraffe’s, Kangaroo, Jaguar and much more. The Zoo also has an on site restaurant where you can eat your meal on the tree top type decking area while watching the Giraffes and Rhinos. There is also the Wild Things Gift Shop where you can pick up your souvenir and there are a selection of gifts from the conservation projects around the world. Also in the park is the mini train ride, an indoor and outdoor covered picnic area, childrens play area and baby changing facilities. Loads of parking available with overflow car parking. Check out the website for more information


The Zoo

Lemurs run free around the park

Bears put on a show of their own

Tigers, roam with great views from walk-ways above enclosures


Christmas in Dalton in Furness

Dalton in Furness is also known as the Christmas capital with its Christmas parade through the town and a spectacular Christmas tree festival. It all starts with the nativity procession through the town and then the Christmas Tree Festival where there are over 60 hand decorated trees by local schools, charities, organisations and clubs. Just when you think that’s enough there is the Christmas Eve celebration of fireworks, carols and the torchlight parade and Christmas stalls around St Mary’s Church.

Christmas tree festival in Dalton - in - Furness

The precession of people make their way up to St Mary’s Church for the Christmas festivities.

The fireworks in Dalton after one of the Christmas fairs.


Dalton is the birthplace of and early home of artist George Romney in the 1700s and his Grandson in the early 1800s George Romney died in 1802 and is buried in St Mary’s Churchyard. St Mary’s Church stands at the top of Dalton near to Dalton Castle. It was designed and built by renowned architects Austin and Paley. In the church yard is a plaque marking the mass grave of half the towns population who perished in the Bubonic Plague of 1631 - 32. No 2 Castle Street was also the home of Dr William Close from 1800 until his death in 1813 from tuberculosis. He was a surgeon, apothecary, musician, writer, historian and an inventor.

St Mary's Church

Dalton - in - Furness at Tudor Square end.

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