With a rich, natural history Whitehaven has an abundance of cultural delights to explore.
The newly refurbished Beacon in Whitehaven sits proudly on the Marina, and boasts stunning panoramic views across the Solway Coast. The Beacon Museum tracks the social history of the local coastal area of The Lake District. Set over 5 floors the Beacon houses a harbour gallery with an annual program of National touring and temporary exhibitions along with local Cumbrian art installations.
Set in the original 1785 shop, courtyards, cellars and bonded warehouses of the Jefferson family. The Rum Story has been authentically designed to provide all-weather family entertainment and is a multi-award winning visitor attraction.
The beach at low tide is a vast expanse of red sand studded with rock pools, and at the foot of the golf course cliffs there is a magnificent shingle bank composed of dozens of rock varieties sloping down to the sand. The sand is accessible at all times except for 2 or 3 hours on either side of high tide, when only the shingle is clear of the water.
Sen House Roman Museum displays the largest group of Roman military altar stones and inscriptions from any site in Britain and unique examples of Romano-British religious sculpture. The collection, which was begun by the Senhouse family in the 1570s, is the oldest in the country, and is of international importance. In the Museum grounds, you can climb the observation tower for a clear view of the full extent of the site, which recent geophysical survey has revealed to have been one of the largest and best preserved in the north.
Founded in 1929 the 9 Hole Course, described as the ‘hidden jewel of the West’, is a magnificent test of Golf. Set on the western shores of the Lake District, offering views of St Bees Head, the Isle of Man and the Lakeland Fells the Golf Course proves a popular attraction for the local residents and visitors.
Carlisle Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located at Blackwell village, near Carlisle. The course hosts flat racing in the summer and National Hunt racing over the winter months. Check the website for race days and events.
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