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Where to Go: The West Cumbrian Coast

Maryport Harbour

Elizabeth Dock, Maryport Harbour

The list below is arranged from north to south along the Cumbrian coast from the Solway to the Duddon. To the south of the Duddon estuary lies the Furness peninsula.

The West Cumbria Coast is a much less visited area than the core of the Lake District but has much to offer the visitor.

In addition to the attractions listed below, remember that not far inland from the north-south coastal road there are the two westernmost lakes, Ennerdale Water and Wastwater. Also not far inland, alongside the A66 is Cockermouth.

See also: Nature Reserves in West Cumbria

Lake District Directory: West Cumbrian Coast – Click here for front page

In the lists below a “Web site” link takes you away from the Around-England site to one describing the particular place or attraction, usually their own site. A “Blog” link takes you to a relevant item on our own Around-England blog.


Bank Mill: Butterflies, Reptiles and more

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Take a walk around the Maryport harbour area, then visit:

The Lake District Coast Aquarium

Maryport Maritime Museum

The Senhouse Roman Museum


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The Helena Thompson Museum
   (Open afternoons only – not
   Mondays – check web site)

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Haig Pit Mining Museum

The Rum Story

The Beacon – Whitehaven’s history

Web site

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Florence Iron Ore Mine – Closed

Egremont Castle




The Sellafield nuclear facility used to operate an excellent visitor centre, meeting an important public educational need. Sadly this has now been converted into a conference facility.


Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Muncaster Castle

Roman Bath House (small but interesting ruin)

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Millom Heritage Museum

Hodbarrow – RSPB Reserve

Web site

Web site