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Family fun on the Heritage Coast-Day 1

Explore Cumbria’s West Coast for stunning beaches and a rich past. Explore our spicy past in the port town of Whitehaven. Then head down the coast to Maryport, a bustling harbour town with Roman roots. Discover its maritime past and enjoy a Roman ramble.

Morning

Alight at Whitehaven, once one of the busiest ports in England. Its businesses were major players in the rum and ship building market. Head towards Whitehaven’s historic port, as just a short walk from the waterfront lies the highly recommended Rum Story. The Rum story traces how the town prospered from the rum and spice trade, back to 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. Hear the tales of Whitehaven's maritime past and the renowned Jefferson family, creators of the famous 1785 Jefferson's rum.
 

Lunch

There are several pubs and eateries within walking distance, or the Courtyard Cafe at the Rum Story provides a menu that is full of home-made items and enticing goodies.
The Rum Story
 

Afternoon

Head back to the harbour side, where The Beacon visitor attraction lets you into some of the town's best kept secrets. Did you know that John Paul Jones, the father of the US navy attacked his home port during the American War of Independence and that George Washington's grandmother lived in the town?
The Beacon Museum
 

Overnight

Catch the train to Maryport to stay the night or spend a night in one of the pretty coastal villages along the way.

 

Lunch: The Rum Story

Address

27 Lowther Street
Whitehaven
Cumbria
CA28 7DN

Contact Details

Tel: 01946 592933
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. For further information visit: http://www.rumstory.co.uk

Directions

Access to Whitehaven is from the A595. Just follow the town centre signs.

Prices and opening

Adult £5.45, concession £4.45, child £3.45, family £16.45. Group adult £3.50 and child £2.50

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesLast admission 15.30.
 

Afternoon: The Beacon Museum

Address

West Strand
Whitehaven
Cumbria
CA28 7LY

Contact Details

Tel: 01946 592302
Situated on Whitehaven's historic Georgian harbour, the Beacon Museum and arts venue tells the story of historic Copeland, which boasts two World Heritage Sites set amongst the western Lakes dramatic mountain and coastal landscapes.

The Beacon Museum traces the social, industrial and maritime heritage of the area, using local characters, audio-visual interactive displays and fascinating museum pieces. From Romans to Russian Samovars, Viking raiders to Victorian traders, the collections and displays represent the vibrant history of Copeland. You can also see history merge with the present in our top floor viewing gallery that offers unrivalled views of Whitehaven and the Solway Coast.

Visitors can delve into the living heritage of the West Cumbrian nuclear industry, within the Sellafield Story, a chronological glimpse into how West Cumbria supported the war effort and, afterwards developed the origins of our Nuclear Industry. The exciting exhibition charts, warts and all, how that early weapons programme grew into a nuclear industry which has supported Cumbria’s economy for the past 60 years, and looks at what the future might be for energy.

The Beacon Museum also punches above its weight in terms of offering a world class blend of local and touring exhibitions that provide different experiences throughout the year, all housed within two state of the art galleries.

Also, don't miss the gift shop which stocks a whole range of locally sourced gifts and presents suitable for all.

The Beacon Portal is Whitehaven’s innovative state of the art venue available for corporate, community and personal hire, capable of hosting a multitude of events in one of the finest settings available in Whitehaven.

For further information please contact us on 01946 592302 or see our website at www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk, or on our social media pages.
For further information visit: http://www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk

Directions

A595 follow signs for Whitehaven town centre and the brown museum signs. Situated on south of harbour.

Prices and opening

Admission Rates (as of January 2019)

Adult £6.50
Concession £5.25
Child £3.25
Family £16.50 (2 + 2)
Annual Pass £17.50*

*Annual pass allows an adult & 1 child for 12 months, entry inclusive of all feature exhibitions.

The annual membership pass offers unlimited entry time and time again for a full 12 months.
Becomes a member of our Beacon family, we'd love to have you join us.

Annual pass per additional child £7

Concession annual pass £13.50

(Terms and conditions: Includes entry to current exhibitions. Excludes workshop events. A child is 16 years and under.)