Activities and Attractions
Tourist Information Tel:01900 822634
The Priory of St Mary & St Bega
was established in the early part of the 12th century. The Priory Church is one of the jewels in the crown of West Cumbria and many of its original Norman features remain, including the nave with Norman columns and early Gothic arches. The Priory also houses extensive history displays, including a variety of carved stones and a magnificent stained glass window depicting the landing of St. Bega, the local saint.
St Bees Head RSPB Reserve
is the largest sea bird colony in the north west of England and is home to breeds such as guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and peregrines; there may even be an opportunity to spot dolphins and porpoises from the cliff-top path, which runs for nearly three miles through the reserve.
Haig Colliery Mining Museum (Whitehaven) Tel:01946 599949
The museum houses the only two remaining Bever Dorling and Co winding engines, one of which has been restored and operates daily. The visitor centre, upon completion, will include a dining area overlooking the Irish sea, reception area and various displays depicting local heritage.
Maryport Maritime Museum Tel:01900 813738
Situated on the quayside of this beautiful and historic town, the museum occupies the building formally known as The Queen’s Head public house which entertained and boarded a great many sailors between their voyages on the high seas! As the birthplace of Thomas Henry Ismay, owner of the White Star Line, there are several items which relate to the ill-fated Titanic, as well as a number of paintings and artefacts which portray the town’s rich maritime heritage.
Honister Slate Mine Tel:017687 77230
Situated in Keswick, this is the only remaining working slate mine in England. Guided tours take visitors deep underground to explore the awesome caverns and learn how the Victorian miners worked using hand tools by candlelight. Entry to the Slate Mine and the Working Factory Trail is free, however, guided underground tours charge a fee.
Muncaster Castle Tel: 01229 717614
Home of the Penningtons for 800 years, the castle’s highlights include the Great Hall, octagonal library and elegant dining room. The 18th century gardens boast the largest collection of rhododendrums in Europe and a host of endangered plants, trees and shrubs. Also housed within the gardens is the world’s leading owl conservation facility.
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Tel:01229 717171
Lakeland’s oldest and most scenic railway travels from Ravenglass, crossing seven miles of spectacular scenery to the foot of England’s highest mountains, the Scafell Range.