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The definitive tourist guide to the Western Lake District
Whether you enjoy birdwatching, invigorating coastal walks or sampling the finest, freshest local seafood, this beautiful, coastal landscape has something to tempt you.
For a relatively small area, the Western Lake District has more than its fair share of heritage. From the maritime stories of fishermen and smugglers to Roman ruins and ancient castles, you could spend days exploring the history of the area.
While you’re in this part of the Lake District, stop off at Georgian Whitehaven, Roman Maryport, Muncaster Castle or simply stumble upon the stone-built villages that punctuate the landscape. Every town and village has a story to tell and a past to be discovered.
Egremont Castle stands above the River Ehen and was the inspiration for Wordworth’s ‘Ballad of the Horn of Egremont’.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hadrian's Wall represents a fascinating time in our history.
Discover the impressive Roman remains at Hardknott Fort and take a step back in time.
Dating from the 14th Century, Workington Hall was the final refuge for Mary Queen of Scots before her imprisonment and eventual execution.
Whitehaven is a must for the discerning visitor. Once one of the busiest ports in England, its businesses were major players in the rum and ship building market. The highly recommended Rum Story shows how the town prospered but also illuminates the darker side of importing 'The Dark Spirit'.
Dramatically sited on the cliffs overlooking the Solway Firth, this award winning museum is next to a Roman fort probably founded in the first Century AD and rebuilt during the reign of Hadrian. The museum displays the largest group of Roman military altar stones and inscriptions from any site in Britain and unique examples of Romano-British religious sculpture.
Located on the quayside in the historic town of Maryport, the museum occupies the former Queen's Head public house, a place where sailors stopped off between their voyages on the high seas.
Explore the birthplace and childhood home of one of England’s best-loved romantic poets, and one who is synonymous with the Lake District. Wordsworth House and Garden in Cockermouth has been restored to its 18th Century self, a sympathetic replica of the place Wordsworth would have spent his time.