In the late 19th Century, Barrow in Furness was the largest steel producing town in the world and truly a heavyweight of the Industrial Revolution. Springing up alongside the enormous steelworks came the shipyards and Barrow entered into a golden period of ship and steel production. With steel and ships the source of tremendous wealth, the town of Barrow rapidly developed from a small village to a large and prosperous town. The Duke of Edinburgh Hotel was designed and built during this industrious period to be Barrow's landmark hotel.
Situated close to Barrow's new train station and designed with genuine Victorian architectural flair, the Duke was to become synonymous with Barrow's wealth and success.
From it's launch in 1871 the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel attracted luminaries from across the globe. Visiting dignitaries to the shipyards, celebrities, politicians, writers and aristocracy flocked to the Duke. Visitors including Charlie Chaplin, DH Lawrence and Cary Grant enjoyed the Duke's now legendary hospitality. In the late 19th Century/early 20th Century the hotel offered two bars, a dining area, ballroom function suite, forty guest bedrooms and a chambermaid quarter that accommodated over twenty staff.
The decline of the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel naturally coincided with the slow but relentless decline of Barrow's economic fortunes. From the 1960s onwards the hotel received little investment and drifted into a tired and ramshackle state. By 2006 the hotel was a mere shadow of its former self and had become symbolic of the changing fortunes of South West Cumbria.
The Duke's resurgence has also coincided with Barrow's phoenix like return to prosperity. In 2006 C2 Investment bought the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel and set about the enormous task of reviving the building. The current investment on the building and interior stands at over £2,000,000 and continues to rise. The hotel now has the foundations, style and substance to compete with any hotel in the area. The Duke's bedrooms are amongst the very best in Cumbria and the recruitment of quality staff/management from across the North West of England has ensured the service levels match the quality of the environment.
After almost fifty years in the doldrums, the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel, like the now booming town of Barrow in Furness, has returned