A historic Georgian port town with beautiful waterfront, Whitehaven is just 7 miles west of the Lake District National Park’s border and is rich in maritime history and attractions including the popular Rum Story set within the original 1785 shop, cellars and warehouses of the Jefferson family’s rum business. The town boasts some truly spectacular hidden gem Georgian architecture, has a beautiful leisure craft marina and makes a great coastal base from which to access the Coast to Coast walk and C2C cycling trail from nearby St Bees.
A former host to the famous Tall Ships event, Whitehaven and the spectacular stretch of cliff coastline pushing south of Whitehaven around the headland to St Bees is a popular spot for stunning cliff top coastal walking with views across the Irish sea towards the uplands of Dumfries & Galloway and inland towards the Lakeland Fells. Take a tour of the free entry Haig Colliery Mining Museum located on the cliff top above Whitehaven, noting en-route the memorial plaques to miners lost in tragic accidents here.
Whitehaven’s maritime and harbour history is unearthed in The Beacon on the waterfront with fascinating exhibits revealing this historic port’s links with the slave trade and more. Base yourself on the beautiful Cumbrian coast within a Georgian heritage port town and choose from a collection of beautiful Grade listed hotels, luxury B&Bs and Victorian guest houses. Book Whitehaven accommodation now.