The maritime port of Whitehaven was once the third largest in the UK with trade links all over the world. The wealth of Georgian architecture led to Whitehaven being listed as a ‘gem town' and voted one of the top 10 seaside resorts in the UK.
The very pretty Georgian town of Cockermouth is the gateway to the largely undiscovered Western Lake District. It’s a lovely place to stay and the added bonus is you can be on a lakeshore, at the beach or up a fell within 20 minutes’ drive – if you can tear yourself away from its wealth of attractions.
Helena Thompson Museum
Park End House, was given to the people of Workington by Helena Thompson in 1940, with the wish that the house should be used as a museum and a meeting place for local groups. Helena Thompson's fascination with fashion through the ages is reflected in her collection of women's costumes and accessories from the 18th century. Some rooms are laid out in period style, whilst upstairs there is a comprehensive exhibition on Workington's history.
Jane Pit, Workington
The remains of this 19th century coal mine sunk by Henry Curwen in 1843 are the best surviving examples of castellated colliery architecture. The monument retains a gin circle and steam engine house, demonstrating the evolution from horse-powered to steam powered winding. Jane Pit operated until the mid-1870s.
St John's - a neo-classical façade and is a replica of St Paul's church in Londons Covent Garden, designed by Inigo Jones in 1631.
St Michael's - An Anglo-Saxon church occupied this site in the 7th century. The earlier church was replaced by a Norman building in the 12th century, which in turn was replaced by the present building of 1770.
St Peter's - A beautifully sited 14th century church on the banks of the River Derwent.