The definitive tourist guide to the Western Lake District
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.
Take your pick of our hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation and stay a while longer in Whitehaven...
Discover all about Whitehaven's fascinating maritime heritage at its numerous attractions that are sure to keep the whole family entertained.
Whitehaven Events & Festivals
Whitehaven plays host to a variety of events and festivals throughout the year, with the highlight being the Whitehaven Festival which takes place every June.
Whitehaven Maritime Walk
The harbour town of Whitehaven was once one of Britain’s biggest ports, second only to London. It now offers a 1.8-mile long walk, perfect for exploring the town’s rich history, which starts at the Whiting Shoal sculpture on the Millennium Promenade and leads around the Old Quay overlooking the magnificent Solway Firth.
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