We make the long journey to Cumbria for our Sky Bet League Two match against Barrow tomorrow, and below is some useful information before the journey.
Barrow play their home games at The Dunes Hotel Stadium, which has a capacity of 5,045. The stadium, named Holker Street, was originally a rubbish tip owned by the Furness Railway, before it was converted into a football pitch by Hindpool Athletic football club. Barrow spent the first eight years of their existence playing at a variety of grounds before they moved to Holker Street in 1909. In 1972 a speedway track was built around the edge of the pitch, before it was removed in 1974.
Vale fans will be housed in The Holker Street End.
The Dunes Hotel Stadium
Travelling by Car
Leave the M6 at junction 36 onto the A590 and follow signposts for Barrow.
You will enter Barrow via Park Road and when you pass the fire station on the right, take the next left into Wilkie Road.
The ground is on the right-hand side.
Match Day Car Parking
Unfortunately, Barrow do not offer official parking at the stadium due to limited capacity.
However, the Soccer Club – adjacent to Main Reception – offer spaces at a small cost on a first come first served basis on matchdays.
Barrow also have an arrangement with Liberata, where fans can head to park for games, as displayed on the map below.
Travelling by Rail
If you're travelling by Rail from Stoke-on-Trent to Barrow-In-Furness, you will be expected to make a minimum of one change.
Below information taken from Trainline.com
Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester Piccadilly (Train)
Manchester Piccadilly to Barrow-In-Furness (Train)
The nearest station, Barrow-in-Furness is approximately 1/2 Mile away from the ground.
On leaving the station, exit onto Holker Street and turn right.
The ground will be on your left-hand side after a small roundabout at the top of Holker Street.
As always, our Stadium Manager, Steve Brown has collated a playlist to accompany you on your journey, this time featuring 15 picks from Paddy Shanahan. You can find it on Spotify, below.
Tickets for this fixture are sold out and there will be no tickets available on the day.
Entertainment and refreshments
Away fans are welcome in the Fan Zone which opens at 12 noon, with a welcoming atmosphere for fans of all ages.
Away fans are also welcome in ‘The Cross Bar’ which is located near main reception on Wilkie Road, where you can purchase a range of pre-match drinks.
Inside the Ground
There is a brand-new catering outlet inside the ground in the Holker Street End which serves a selection of hot and cold food, as well as hot and cold drinks.
This outlet is also fully licenced to serve alcoholic drinks to away supporters so feel free to get in to the ground early and enjoy a pre-match pint of Carling, Madri or Carling Dark Fruits on draught.