places to visit
Eclipse Leisure Centre is the finest in entertainment for all the family and has 12 ten-pin bowling lanes with children's bumpers on all the lanes. A 30-gun Quasar laser tag games arena.
Six-screen independent cinema showing all the leatest blockbusters and weekly alternative titles, with disabled access, free parking and American stadium-style luxury seating.
Workington was built on the bedrock of coal, its reserves exploited by the Curwen family who reaped huge wealth and prosperity from the underground resources.
From their base at Workington Hall, the Curwens developed the old town on the hill clustered around the market place and cobbled Portland Square. Once the docks, shipyards and ironworks were established on the coast, the town rapidly extended towards the sea to become the bustling town and port of today.
In recent times the heavy industry has virtually disappeared and the town is being revitalised with new shopping precincts enlivened by sculptural artworks, attractive paving materials and interesting street architecture.
Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£410 pupw sleeps 4, Cockermouth
Derwent Apartment is a comfortable spacious ground floor apartment which sleeps up to four, all on one level. An excellent base to explore many different locations in the Lake District and West Coastal resorts.
Guest House with 6 rooms, £110-£150 prpnb, Whitehaven
Grade I Listed building dating back to 1620. Spacious, well-equipped rooms. Imaginative food. Licensed. Walled garden and ample parking. Family run. Warmest hospitality.
Self-catering with 1 unit, £280-£470 pupw sleeps 4, Cockermouth
Loweswater is situated in the tranquil village of Mockerkin, close to Loweswater and the Buttermere Fells. The first floor apartment is very spacious, light and furnished to a high standard. All heating, electricity, linen and towels incl.
Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £40 pppnb, Whitehaven
A friendly comfortable family home which welcomes guests. Quiet, relaxing location with garden to relax or play plus garden owl aviaries and sea views. Between sea and lakes, near historic Whitehaven with shops, marina and start of C2C.
Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £43 pppnb, Workington
Armidale Cottages B&B is set in half an acre of land with a small orchard. Built in the 16thC the cottages have been lovingly renovated to a very high standard, retaining many of the original features.
history of workington
Unlike neighbouring Whitehaven and Maryport, Workington was not originally a coastal settlement. The old town developed on high ground near Workington Hall and expanded to the south and west as a result of industrial exploitation of the local coal and iron ore deposits. During the 18th and 19th centuries, rows of terraced houses were built to accommodate the influx of workers and the commercial hub of Workington moved from Portland Square to the flat coastal plain.
The hereditary seat of the Curwen family who were Lords of the Manor of Workington for centuries. A pele tower was built in 1362 and extensions added over the years to form the quadrangular mansion that survives today, albeit in a ruinous state. The roofless ruins of the hall now provide a backdrop for fetes and other outdoor events in the grounds of Curwen Park, the former deer park.