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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.

MorningMorning

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.
 

LunchLunch

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

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.
 

AfternoonAfternoon

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

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.
 

OvernightOvernight

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

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.

View key to symbolskeyAccepts groups Baby changing facilities Coach parties accepted Disabled toilets Facilities for conferencing Facilities for corporate hospitality Facilities for groups Facilities for educational visits Gift shop On-site catering On-site light refreshments Credit cards accepted (no fee) Education/study area Public toilets Regional Tourist Board Member Welcome Host Wheelchairs available Children welcomeDisabled accessGuided tours for groupsGuided tours for individualsWedding receptionsSmoking not allowed

Contact

The Rum Story
Tel: 01946 592933

View the The Rum Story websitewww.rumstory.co.uk
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Venue

The Rum Story

27 Lowther Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7DN

CA28 7DNwww.rumstory.co.uk

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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