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Map of Leicestershire, with a red dot showing the location of Barrow-upon-Soar
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Population 5,856 (2011)
OS grid reference SK575176
Unitary authority
  • Charnwood
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE12
Dialling code 01509
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
  • Loughborough
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52°44′33″N 1°08′56″W / 52.7424°N 1.1488°W / 52.7424; -1.1488

Barrow-upon-Soar, also known as Barrow-on-Soar or simply Barrow, is a large village in the north of Leicestershire in England. It is in the Borough of Charnwood. It is between Loughborough and the city of Leicester. In 2011, the village had a population of 5,856 people.


It is famous for a plesiosaur that was dug out in the village in 1851. It was given the nickname "The Barrow Kipper". The skeleton was taken out from it is now being displayed at the New Walk Museum in Leicester.

There is also a full-size replica at the Charnwood Museum in Loughborough. The village's football club, Barrow Town FC, has the skeleton on its logo. Barrow is also famous for its limestone working. There are streets in the village with names in reference to this.


The River Soar runs through the village. The village is near the A6 road from Quorn.


The village has a small railway station located on the Ivanhoe Line from Burton upon Trent to Loughborough. Trains run from Monday-Saturday between Leicester and Lincoln, however some carry on to Sleaford.

Twin cities

Barrow-upon-Soar is twinned with:


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