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The coastline and maritime history

The Western Lake District is a dramatic and historic landscape. This day-trip takes to the coastal towns and introduces you to some of the fascinating industrial heritage that has shaped the culture and character of the area.



9.30am (2 hours duration) – visit to the Rum Story in historic Whitehaven and step into a fascinating exhibition housed in an original 18th century warehouse. Transfer to The Beacon visitor centre to discover the social, industrial and maritime heritage of this Georgian seaport.

Coach drop off outside. Walk from Rum Story to the Beacon (10mins).

(40 minutes Duration) Re-join coach to travel along A595 north to Maryport .

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Imagine leaving the heart of Whitehaven's historic port and being taken back in time to an exotic tropical island's rainforest in the Caribbean, that is just the start of your great adventure in The Rum Story.


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Situated on Whitehaven's historic Georgian harbour, the Beacon Museum traces the social, industrial and maritime heritage of the area, using local characters, audio-visual displays and fascinating museum pieces.



12.15pm (1 hour duration) – Maryport Maritime Museum is ideally situated at the quayside in the beautiful and historic town of Maryport. The museum occupies the building formally known as The Queen's Head public house which entertained and boarded a great many sailors between their voyages on the high seas.

1.15pm (2 hours duration) – Lunch and visit to the Lake District Coast Aquarium. Housing a variety of themed tanks containing a the marine life found around the Cumbrian coastline, from fish to crustaceans, as well as a purpose built tropical marine community reef tank. Have lunch in their small cafe which serves a variety of snacks and main meals.


3.15pm (2 hours duration) – Roman heritage is well represented by the Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport. With the largest collection of Roman military altars and inscriptions from any site in Britain, this lovely museum is housed in a former Victorian Naval Reserve Battery. The museum lies adjacent to the site of the Roman fort of Alauna, part of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, and a climb to the top of the museum’s observation tower shows the extensive fort site

5.15pm - Depart for home or hotel.

Please note that it advisable that all group visits should pre-book with individual attractions.

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An internationally significant Roman collection housed in a Victorian Naval Battery adjacent to the Roman fort at Maryport.


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