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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.



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.


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.

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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.



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?

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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.



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

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