Whitehaven Coast Guide
The town and port of Whitehaven allows you to recapture the atmosphere of the 18th century, as you explore its unique and original streets. Known as the "Georgian Port", Whitehaven was once the third largest port in the country, trading rum, sugar and coal throughout the world. Today the town is in the process of reinventing itself as a seaside resort - with some success.
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There are many good examples of Georgian architecture within the town and there are around 250 listed buildings. The town is laid out in a grid plan designed by Sir john Lowther on the same principals as used by Christopher Wren when he planned to rebuild London after the great fire. A recently opened exhibition centre, The Beacon, tells the story of Whitehaven's past and recent developments.
Whitehaven is at the western end of the Coast to Coast cycle route that crosses England, to end at Robin Hood Bay on the North Seas coast. The route which is 140 miles in length is the most popular of the UK's cycle routes.
There are several good beaches in the area, such as St Bee's to the south and at Maryport to the north. Further south is the small Victoria fishing village of Seascale, just outside the village is Sellafield the site of Britain's first commercial nuclear power station. Here also is the Sellafield Reprocessing Plant - which converts the spent fuel from nuclear reactors worldwide into re-useable uranium, plutonium, and other reactive products that require long term storage. There is a new visitor centre at the site, which is well worth visiting to get the facts about nuclear power.
Places to visit around Whitehaven
Lake District Coast Aquarium - South Quay, Maryport, Cumbria CA15 8AB Telephone: 01900 817760
Haig Colliery Mining Museum - Solway Road, Kells Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 9BG England Phone: 01946 599949
The Beacon - Visitor Centre with exhibits related to Whitehaven's past, gallery and cafe - West Strand - Whitehaven - Cumbria - CA28 7LY Tel: 01946 592302
Senhouse Roman Museum - Exhibits from the Roman fort at Maryport - The Battery The Promenade Maryport Cumbria CA15 6JD Tel: 01900 816 168
Map of the Whitehaven area
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