Harbour town on the coast of Cumbria


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Whitehaven town is the largest in population within the Copeland area and boasts about its beautiful Harbour situated on the coast of Cumbria, England.

Historically a part of Cumberland, it lies between Cumbria’s two largest settlements, Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. It is the administrative seat of Borough of Copeland district council and has a town council for the parish of Whitehaven. The population of the town was 23,986 at the 2011 Census.

The town’s modern prosperity was largely due to the exploitation of the extensive coal measures, and a busy trade in coal and tobacco through the harbour from the 17th century onwards. It was, after London, the second busiest port of England for tonnage from 1750 to 1772.

Located on the west coast of the county, near to the Lake District National Park, Whitehaven includes a number of former villages, estates and suburbs, such as Mirehouse, Woodhouse, Kells and Hensingham, and is served by the Cumbrian Coast line and the A595.

Whitehaven has over 250, mostly Georgian, Listed Buildings, many tastefully restored, including St James’ Church, once described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘the finest Georgian church interior in the county’.

Whitehaven is the starting point of the popular 140 mile long C2C Cycle Route. The cycle route travels along the Whitehaven to Ennerdale Cycle path, through the scenic delights of the Lake District and on over the roof of England to the remote North Pennines before reaching the north east coast.

Whitehaven has a revamped market and a range of high-street stores, eateries, pubs bars and night clubs.


Tourist Attractions

The Beacon Museum – tells the history of Whitehaven and its harbour, the Lowther family, the development of coal mining and its disasters, and Whitehaven’s shipbuilding history. There is always lots going on for all ages at The Beacon.

The Rum Story – the Dark Spirit of Whitehaven, in Lowther Street, is set in the original shop, courtyards, cellars and bonded warehouses of the Jefferson family business. Here you can find out about the story of the UK rum trade, which originally centred on the port of Whitehaven.

The Harbour & Marina – Whitehaven Marina offers all of the advantages of a coastal marina with over 400 fully serviced pontoon marina berths and extensive quay wall berths for larger boats. Whitehaven Marina is accessible at almost all states of the tide and our modern boatyard provides a full service that includes lifting, launching, polishing, antifouling and outside / undercover boat storage.

Rosehill Theatre – on the hills above Whitehaven, opened in 1959 and is one of the UK’s most intimate theatres offering a diverse range of arts and entertainment from music, theatre, talks, comedy, shows for young people and more. We have ample free car and coach parking, a licensed bar and provide great food and drink. From our position, there are stunning views over the Solway Firth to Scotland and inland to the Lake District. A truly exceptional setting.

Sports – Whitehaven is a rugby league stronghold, its team Whitehaven play in the third tier of the British rugby league system. Their mascot is a lion called “Pride”. There are also several Whitehaven-based teams playing in the amateur Cumberland League and Kells A.R.L.F.C. play in the National Conference League Premier Division. Whitehaven’s female amateur R.L.F.C is named the “Wildcats”.

Copeland Pool – They have a 25 metre six lane main pool and a separate teaching pool, holding a wide range of activities from adult only swimming, parent and toddler sessions, inflatable fun time, swimming lessons and gentler.


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