Whitehaven sits on the edge of the Lake District National Park and is a great base from which to explore the Western Lake District and the unspoiled reaches of the West Cumbrian shores.
The 17th century maritime port of Whitehaven was once the third largest in the UK with trade links all over the world. Today, the town’s refurbished harbour with fabulous marina, visitor centre, museums, and elegant Georgian buildings draws visitors from far and wide. Hundreds of impressive boats and yachts dock at Whitehaven harbour and walks around the old harbour are popular, as are the cafés that look out onto the busy harbour.
Spectacular maritime events and activities take place at the harbour including the occasional visit of tall sailing ships. Art and craft exhibitions, theatre and music events are also widely held in Whitehaven offering a broad spectrum of creative and enjoyable entertainment for all.
The Beacon is a Museum and Gallery located at the Harbour but also offers an contemporary, interactive experience for all the family. In the centre of Whitehaven is the popular ‘Rum Story’. Set in the original 1785 shop, with its courtyards, cellars and bonded warehouses you will learn about the story of Whitehaven’s connections to the Americas during the Rum Trade and the deeds of the infamous “Blackbeard”.