Whitehaven

The maritime port of Whitehaven in the Western Lake District was once the third largest in the UK with trade links all over the world. The wealth of Georgian architecture led to Whitehaven being listed as a ‘gem town' and voted one of the top 10 seaside resorts in the UK.

Its prosperity was built on coal, developed by the wealthy Lowther family, who also laid out the Georgian town.

The historic 17th Century harbour, enhanced by nautical sculptures, dramatic lighting effects and a brand new marina, is the focus for spectacular maritime events and activities including the occasional visit of tall sailing ships.