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Tel code: 01900 | code search
Postcode: CA14 | code search
Population: 35000
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Birthplace of:
Mark Cueto
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Food Legends:
Cumberland Herrings
Folk Customs:
Ambleside Rush-bearing
Grasmere Sports
World Gurning Championships

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Cumberland Hotel
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Cumberland Hotel
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Still the largest town on the Cumbrian coast with a population of about 35,000, Workington was once an industrial centre of major importance, producing the twin needs of the great industrial age coal and steel. It was here that the Bessemer steel process was first put into practice. According to locals one of its industries was of truly global importance: it is said that the steel rails made in Workington and used in laying railway tracks worldwide “held the world together”. Workington’s history started long before the industrial revolution: there was a Roman fort, Gabrosentum, to the north of the present town, as befitted a port of some significance, sitting at the mouth of the River Derwent, once a major transport route. The name of the town is believed to derive from an Angle chieftain, Wyre, and there was a church in the settlement from at least the 7th century. Queen Elizabeth I gave Workington its market charter in 1573. Mary Queen of Scots, fleeing south after the defeat of her forces in battle, spent her last night of freedom at Workington Hall in 1568. And the strange mass football game played here every Easter may have its origins in those times, or perhaps in the Stuart age: once played between downies (sailors) and uppies (colliers), now a more open affair, the game is not for the faint hearted. Workington Hall, now in ruins, was built by the Curwen family, habitants from 1250 until recent times, and instrumental in the development of the town as one of the great industrial forces of the Northwest in the 17th and 18th centuries. As with so many other great buildings in Cumbria, it was structured around a pele tower, a fortified place of refuge for use during raids by Scots armies or reivers. The Helena Thompson museum sits over from the Hall, an 18th century house now displaying exhibitions on the history of Workington, as well as on Georgian, Regency and Victorian furniture, jewellery, glass and dress. The port of Workington was once a shipbuilding centre, making well over 200 ships in its history, but this closed in 1938. The steel works that had fed it closed in 2006, and coal too is a memory kept alive by the site at Jane Pit in Mossbay. Today the river has some elegant landscaped walks, and the town is being regenerated to provide modern retail facilities and other amenities while celebrating its past.


Helena Thompson Museum

Care Home



Dance - Step Into Dance Mania
Yoga - Linda Allam


Fusion Night Club


Allerdale Borough Council


John Street Dental Practice
Mr Archer & Associate
Nook Street Dental Practice


Beechwood Group Practice
Disington Surgery
Oxford Street Surgery
Solway Health Services
The James Street Group Practice

Estate Agent

Bairstow Eves North West
Cumberland Estate Agents
Mitchells Lakeland Properties

Golf Club

Workington Golf Club


The Old Ginn House


Workington Market

Performing Arts

Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre
Theatre Crazy

Pub and Bar

Black Tom Inn
Circuit Wine Bar
Commercial Inn
Cumberland Hotel
Henry Curwen
Royal Oak
Ship Inn
The Henry Bessemer
The Old Red House
Travellers Rest


Bengal Spice
Circuit Wine Bar
Old Town House
The Old Ginn House


KJ Commons & Co
Paisleys Solicitors


B Taxis
J & E Taxis
Sues Taxis
Tonys Taxis


Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre


Hodgson & Hunter

Sports Clubs

Distington ARLFC (Rugby League)
Ry-Ju-Kwai (Cumbria) (Martial Arts)
Seaton Rangers ARLFC (Rugby League)
Westfield ARLFC (Rugby League)
Workington CC (Cricket)


Derwent Bookshop
Fearon Flowers
Watson Pet Shop
Dorothy Perkins
J H Sandham
Braniff & Davidson
Greenwoods Ltd

Carnegie Colours Cafe
Butterflies Tearooms
Marshal & Son Butchers
Fletts Butchers
W Copsey
Lolas Home Ltd
Alisons Attic
J J B Sports
River Island


Hourglass Antiques & Collectables
Computer Consumables Cumbria


Source to Sea Flyfishing(Fishing)

Places to Stay near Workington

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Waverley Hotel (0.08 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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Armidale Cottages Bed & Breakfast (1.78 miles)

Armidale Cottages Bed & Breakfast
Originally two cottages built over 100 years ago, the first cottage was built in the late 1600s and is one of the oldest properties in the Village of Seaton. The cottages have been lovingly renovated to ... More | visit website
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Hunday Manor Country House Hotel (2.24 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 (2.42 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

The Old Ginn House (2.48 miles)

The Old Ginn House

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The Old Ginn House has been successfully converted from a 17th century farm to a charming village inn. The inn offers quality en-suite accommodation, including a luxury suite, great food, a ... More

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Littlebeck Warren (3.99 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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Premier Inn Whitehaven (4.78 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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Broughton Craggs Hotel (5.28 miles)

Broughton Craggs Hotel

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Family-run country house hotel set in 3 acres of delightful grounds, overlooking Derwent Valley and the Fells beyond. Broughton Craggs provides a warm, friendly service and has won various Silver ... More

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Old Posting House (5.96 miles)

Old Posting House
The Old Posting House is 400 years old and from around 1845 it was a coaching Inn. The Mail coach from Glasgow to Whitehaven stopped here and the blacksmiths is still just near the inn. ... More | visit website
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Ditton Lodge (7.02 miles)

Ditton Lodge
Ditton Lodge offers a haven for the discerning guest in which to unwind and relax in tranquillity and comfort. Our charming and picturesque position; overlooking the historic market town of Cockermouth; provides an ideal ... More | visit website

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