Things to Do and Local Contacts
Frequent winner of Cumbria in Bloom always has a mass of beautiful flowers to enhance the 250 listed buildings. Many fine Georgian buildings, marina and harbour. Whitehaven was recently named 'Best Town Centre' in the UK in the British Council Shopping Centres Prestigious Town Centre's Environment Award. The judges were impressed by the town's renaissance and transformation from what they described as 'a run down port, into a very attractive centre for shoppers and tourists'. There is a wide selection of varied, specialist and interesting shops for everyone to explore, many of which are unique to Whitehaven.
A few facts and information that might surprise you:
- Whitehaven was featured in the Sunday Times list of Britain's top 10 seaside towns
- Whitehaven was the first planned town since medieval times
- In the mid 18th century, Whitehaven was used as a template for the expansion of New York
- Sir John Rennie, who designed London Bridge, built Whitehaven's West Pier
- Daniel Brocklebank, was based at Whitehaven and lived at Irton, founded the Brocklebank shipping line in 1770, which then became the Cunard Line.
- Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels was kidnapped to Whitehaven as a child, and loved it ever afterwards
- Whitehaven once supplied all of Dublin's coal
- Whitehaven was once the main importer of tobacco on the West Coast
- Whitehaven was one of biggest ports in the UK in 1700's, the town was the most important rum port and was once the third largest port in England
- Until June 1998, Jefferson's; the oldest family run wine merchants in the country, still operated from their premises in Whitehaven. The property has now been transformed into The Rum Story Visitor Attraction
- Brian Higgins, who wrote Cher's million-selling song 'Believe', comes from Whitehaven
- Mildred Warner Gale (the grandmother of George Washington) was buried in the grounds of St Nicholas Church 30th January 1701
- The last invasion of the British Mainland occurred in Whitehaven in 1778 when John Paul Jones, father of the American Navy, invaded the port
has benefited from a regeneration grant, creating a stunning marina for residents and tourists. Everything blends beautifully with this 16th Century historical port. This is the start of the C2C cycle way and approx 3 miles from Moresby Hall. Situated on the Western Lake District coast of Cumbria, Whitehaven harbour is ideally placed to offer boat owners a superb departure point for the Isle of Man, Ireland, Southern Scotland and for Clyde and Hebridean cruising; in addition to providing excellent facilities and berths for local and visiting leisure craft.
Whitehaven Marina 01946-692435. Launching facilities are also available at Whitehaven For canoeing contact Mike Mills
The Rum Story
One of White haven's newest attractions. A superbly designed attraction, giving the history of rum, slave trading, piracy and the involvement of Whitehaven as a major port centuries ago. Visit the 18th century premises, which used to belong to the Jefferson family, who ran the rum industry from Whitehaven.
The Beacon Heritage Centre
The Beacon Heritage Centre is situated on the harbour side and tells the story of the town’s social, industrial and maritime heritage. It also has interactive displays, TV studio and weather station. It’s entertaining, educational and fun!
Haig Colliery Mining Museum
The most enthusiastic volunteers you will ever meet determined to recreate the equipment and experience for the benefit of visitors of all ages. Do not miss a trip here!
The Rosehill Theatre
The Rosehill Theatre is less than 1 mile from Moresby Hall. A small theatre and cinema which has a varied year round programme of music, drama and film in comfortable and elegant surroundings. Moresby Hall also provides pre-theatre dining from 6 pm on theatre nights. Two courses for £18 but must be booked and ordered in advance.
Box Office details 01946-692442
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
England's oldest narrow gauge steam railway transports you through some of the most glorious landscape in the world! From the smuggling village at Ravenglass to scenic Eskdale.
Muncaster Castle is the major owl breeding and rescue centre. With beautiful grounds, gardens, plant shop, gift shop, cafe, and a visit into the (haunted) castle to view the fine rooms and furnishings (audio tours) this is a day to remember.
Jenning's Brewery Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of Cumbria's last sizable brewery (Jennings Castle Brewery) located in the shadow of Cockermouth's castle. There is also a motor museum in Jenning's Brewery.
In the vicinity you will find Bassenthwaite Lake, Crummock water, Loweswater, Wastwater, Buttermere, Ennerdale that tend to be less busy than the more Southern Lake district. Just as dramatic! We have a selection of maps and books of walks to tackle for use during your stay.
plenty to do for all ages, especially connected with the beautiful outdoors of Cumbria. Hiking, climbing, cycling, swimming, sailing, riding, fishing, keep fit … everything you could wish for.
Tthe national cycle network (NCN) is a linked series of traffic free paths and minor roads connecting most major towns and cities in the UK. Cumbria has the benefit of the Cumbria cycle way, (a 280 mile route around Cumbria) with the advantage of the most glorious scenery. The C2C cycle way is a popular route, starting in Whitehaven, through the Lake District over the Pennines and ends at Newcastle or Sunderland on the East Coast. The Reivers cycle way begins at Tynemouth on the East Coast then heads to the Scottish borders via Kielder, down to Carlisle then through Northern Lakeland to end at Whitehaven. We provide safe indoor storage at Moresby Hall for our guest's bikes and equipment.
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Three friendly clubs that welcome day visitors:
Pony Trekking / Horse Riding
Bradley's, Low Cock How, Kinniside, Lamplugh. For beginners or experienced riders.
- Crummock Water – Trout, char, pike, perch
- Ennerdale – Trout
- Buttermere – Brown trout, pike, perch
- Loweswater – Brown Trout, coarse fish
Whitehaven 01946-812003 for further information or West Cumbria Rambling association 01946-67121
Camskill Cycles, Pottery Road, Off Coach Road, Whitehaven, CA28 9BZ
West Coast Indoor Karting
A chance for all ages to experience the thrills and spills of motor sport at a realistic price in Maryport.
Tel: 01900-816472 to book
A popular track event at Workington. Exciting and spectacular race meetings.
A delightful beach and breathtaking views from St Bees Head. Start of the coast 2 coast walk. The only heritage coastline between Wales and Scotland, with an RSBP bird reserve.
Michael Moons Antiquarian Bookshop
In the centre of Whitehaven, with an outstanding selection of books and prints. You need to allow time to browse in here!
Richardson’s & Sons Wine Merchants
Richardson’s & Sons Wine Merchants are a family owned independent Fine Wine and Food Merchant. Everything is selected and tasted by the Richardson’s personally prior to listing.
Crosby's Fish & Chips
Tangier Street Owned by our friends Norman and Margaret Crosby. Even though we are biased, these are simply the best fish & chips you will get anywhere! Especially when enjoyed in the spotless dining room adjoining the takeaway service. Not to be missed!
Tel: 01946 62622
Ladies & Gent’s hair salon. Duke Street, Whitehaven – appointments not always necessary. Proprietors: Louise and Suzanne
Plaza cinema and an indoor shopping mall at Workington
Kershaw’s Health Food Shop
Queen Street, Whitehaven A great place to browse and get professional advice from a well established family business specialising in all aspects of health food, wine and beer making
Copeland swimming pool only 3 miles from Moresby Hall and swimming sessions for all ages throughout the day (open 7 days)
Modern and well quipped centre in Whitehaven town centre for keep fit, gym, and a number of classes.
Tel: 01946 695666
We couldn’t leave this out as Jane Saxon is a committee member of the Whitehaven Flower arranging society. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings and demonstrations – just turn up and meet a very friendly crowd. It won’t matter that you don’t know anyone. See website for programme of events.
Rotary Club of Whitehaven
We couldn’t leave this out either as David Saxon is an active Rotarian. This club welcomes any Rotarian visiting Whitehaven or guests wishing to know more about The Rotary movement. Meetings are on Tuesdays each week at The Chase Hotel. See for contact details and to check times for meetings.
Zest Restaurant – Whitehaven
We recommend this modern restaurant offering a selection of interesting menus, and which is gaining a reputation in the North as an eclectic and imaginative eating venue, run by owners Emma and Rikki (patron /chef) - Open Wed – Sat night. Booking advisable. Tel: 01946-692848
There are also many café bars and pubs offering a varied and interesting nightlife in Whitehaven and Workington. Market days are held in the Market Square (Whitehaven) on Thursdays and Saturdays.
All the above is in the vicinity of Moresby Hall but don’t forget – Whitehaven is a great base to visit the rest of the Lake District and the Western coastal areas too (if you get time)!