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Welsh Arms
"The "Welsh Arms" is known as "Candlestick".

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Premier Inn Whitehaven
"Good Points: Room very comfortable Staff friendly & welcoming Bad Points: only 1 set of towels in bathroom General review: we would have liked to stay longer

Date visited: 2009-12-15 ..." More

Zest Harbourside
"I visit Whitehaven every year and always pop into Zest Harbourside for an exceptional plate of food! The sticky pork and wok chicken are my personal fav's and will ..." More

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"The harbour area once a hub of trade has now become a harbour side that has a positively continental feel! The bars in this area are a must to visit ..." More

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i have many fond memories ot haig pit, my dad ...More

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Whitehaven is a place too little spoken of and worse known, which is a great shame. This is one of the 40 ‘gem towns’ of England, with a fascinating history, terrific attractions, and wonderful architecture. There was a small Roman fort just north of the town at Parton, but the important period for Whitehaven was the Georgian era, when the local coal and iron deposits saw boom-times for its deepwater port – the Haig Colliery mining museum, based in a pit that closed in 1986, illustrates part of that story. It was in this period that the Lowther family quite literally shaped so much of the town: Whitehaven remains probably the finest example of a planned Georgian town, built on a grid-iron system that some believe was the inspiration for New York’s own. The links with America don’t end there: John-Paul Jones, great naval hero of the War of Independence either, according to your allegiance, carried out a daring raid on the significant merchant fleet sheltering in the harbour, or brought most of his ship The Ranger’s crew ashore to get hugely drunk in the waterside pubs before staggering back aboard, burning a collier vessel on the way. Another link to that time is that George Washington’s grandmother, Mildred Warner Gale, was from the town and was buried in St Nicholas’s churchyard. The sea was and still is of great importance to Whitehaven: the Beacon Museum near the harbour tells the story of the ships built there and the town’s trading days. One appetising aspect of that trade is the Rum Story told in the elegant Georgian premises of the Jefferson family who were great figures in this business, the English trade in it once centring on Whitehaven – hence the Cumberland rum butter that originated in Whitehaven. There is now an excellent marina in Whitehaven, and the town hosts a tall ships race every other year. The harbour is a good place for a stroll, and can be a great place for fishing, the mackerel biting positively suicidally at some times of year. If you can’t arrive by tall ship or yacht then the roads are good, especially along the coast. It is also a start or end to the C2C cycle route for those so inclined. But a more comfortable and convenient method of reaching Whitehaven is the Cumbrian Coast railway line, running between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness, whose route provides some beautiful scenery both north and south of the town.


Haig Colliery Mining Museum
Rum Story
The Beacon
Whitehaven Marine Adventures


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Care Home

Harbour View Lodge Care Home


Dance - KL Starkey




Copeland Borough Council


Queen Street Dental Practice
Roper Street Dental Practice


22 Irish Street
Catherine Street Surgery
Church Street Surgery
Flatt Walks Health Centre
Lowther Medical Centre

Estate Agent

Bairstow Eves North West
General Accident Property Services
Mitchells Lakeland Properties

Golf Club

Whitehaven Golf Club


Whitehaven Country Market
Whitehaven Market

Performing Arts

Cowper School Of Dancing
Rosehill Theatre
Solway Civic Theatre
West Lakeland Orchestra Society
Whitehaven Male Voice Choir

Pub and Bar

Anchor Vaults
Barra Jacks
Brewers Arms
Captain Senny's
John Paul Jones
Puncheon Inn
The Wellington
Welsh Arms
Whittington Cat

Zest Harbourside


Brewers Arms
C J’s Steak Bar
Casa Romana Italian Restaurant
Zest Harbourside


HFT Gough & Co


A2B Taxis
Ajax Cab Co
C J Taxis
Eddies Taxis
S & L Cabs
White-Line Taxis


Rosehill Theatre
Solway Civic Theatre


Smith & Ogilvie

Sports Clubs

Kells ARLFC (Rugby League)
West Cumbria (Men's Hockey)
Whitehaven CC (Cricket)
Whitehaven Judo Club (Martial Arts)
Whitehaven RLFC (Rugby League)



Flowers 4 Ever
Breeders Choice
Dorothy Perkins
W Fare Ltd
Bates Opticians Ltd
Shooz N Sox Ltd
Charlies Co
Georgian Coffee House
La Venue
Westminster Cafe Bar
The Chicken Shop
Haighs Ltd
Donaldsons Butchers Ltd
Mirehouse Pharmacy
Whitehaven Garden Centre
Home Flair Ltd


Angling & Outdoor(Fishing)


Places to Stay near Whitehaven

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Premier Inn Whitehaven (2.01 miles)

Premier Inn Whitehaven
Situated 2 miles from the Georgian town of Whitehaven, which boasts a lovely marina and harbour. Other local attractions include beautiful uncommercialised lakes, Golf courses and a cinema. Conveniently located for Whitehaven train station. Our Whitehaven ... More | visit website
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Littlebeck Warren (3.04 miles)

Littlebeck Warren
Littlebeck Warren is a five bedroom guest house in the Western Lake District offering a very warm, friendly welcome and exceptional customer service. No expense has been spared in its recent renovation. It has been sympathetically ... More | visit website
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Inglewood Guest House (3.22 miles)

Inglewood  Guest House
Welcome to Inglewood Guest House. We are situated about 4 miles east of Whithaven and 3 miles west of the stunning Ennerdale valley.We are also only 2 miles from the the Westlakes Science park and ... More | visit website
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Ennerdale Country House Htl (4.02 miles)

Ennerdale Country House Htl

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The luxury of this hotel makes it an ideal base both for families and those seeking an enjoyable romantic weekend Whether you are visiting the area on business or pleasure you ... More

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Manor House Hotel (4.06 miles)

Manor House Hotel

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The Manor House Hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful seaside village St. Bees. Our location is ideal for walking (the start of the Coast to Coast walk ... More

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Rowrah Hall (5.05 miles)

Rowrah Hall
Rowrah Hall is an historic 300 year old grade 2 listed building situated 2 miles from Ennerdale water. The Hall has been completely refurbished in 2013 to blend history with luxury bed and breakfast accommodation. ... More | visit website
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Ellerbeck Manor (5.47 miles)

Ellerbeck Manor
Ellerbeck Manor is a stunning barn conversion set in the secluded rural countryside near the historic villages of St.Bees 1mile and Egremont 2miles converted to the highest standards by the owners in 2010, all bedrooms ... More | visit website
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Hunday Manor Country House Hotel (5.79 miles)

Hunday Manor Country House Hotel

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Delightfully situated and enjoying distant views of the Solway Firth. A large garden to relax in. This charming hotel has comfortable rooms that are well-furnished. Some of the spacious rooms have been ... More

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Cumberland Lodge (5.93 miles)

Cumberland Lodge
Cumberland Lodge is set in 50 acres of grounds on the main A595 road, ten minutes drive to Whitehaven, Workington, Cockermouth and 20 minutes to Keswick.The two luxurious rooms & suite come with free wi-fi ... More | visit website
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Waverley Hotel (6.64 miles)

Waverley Hotel

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The Waverley Hotel, Workington, offers quality, exceptional value accommodation with a wide variety of room styles. The Waverley Hotel is situated in the historic coastal town of Workington, Cumbria.

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