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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 .
The Rum Story

The Rum Story

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.
The Beacon

The Beacon Museum

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.
Maryport Maritime Museum

Maryport Maritime Museum

The museum illustrates the maritime, social and industrial history of Maryport, using objects, paintings and story boards in themed galleries.


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.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the details contained on this website are correct, GoLakes Travel cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or misrepresentation.
Senhouse Roman Museum

Senhouse Roman Museum

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

Details of The Rum StoryThe Rum Story

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.

The journey traces the origins of Whitehaven's dark trade to villages in Africa and the vile transportation of slaves to the Antiguan sugar plantations. There are stories of Blackbeard and piracy on the high seas, smugglers and Nelson's navy. See the infamous punch houses, gangsters' illicit stills, the Jazz Age and hear the tales of Whitehaven's maritime past and the renowned Jefferson family.

Our courtyard cafe provides a menu that is full of home-made items and enticing goodies, in the courtyard you will also find our themed gift shop, where you can purchase souvenirs, unusual gifts and of course the famous 1785 Jefferson's rum.

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The Rum Story
Tel: 01946 592933

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The Rum Story

27 Lowther Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7DN


Map reference: NX 973181
     Lat: 54.54770  Long: -3.58919
Access to Whitehaven is from the A595. Just follow the town centre signs.

Parking : with charge

Public Transport : 1 mile from Whitehaven station

Wonderful glassed over courtyard, licenced cafe serving fresh made local specialities. Excellent exhibition. Please contact booking office to check if amenities meet your requirements.

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