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Nautical adventures in Whitehaven

Perched on the Cumbrian coast, this maritime port was once the third largest in the UK, with trade links all over the world thanks to a thriving coal industry. The historic Georgian harbour provides the focal point for maritime events held alongside the boats berthed in the marina. The Beacon Museum traces the heritage of the area, and tells the story of Sellafield’s nuclear industry. From the top-floor viewing platform, enjoy spectacular views of the Solway Coast.

The Rum Story - a museum with spirit

One of Whitehaven’s best attractions takes you back in time to an 18th-century Caribbean rainforest as it traces the origins of the town’s famous Jefferson's rum to African villages and the transportation of slaves to Antiguan sugar plantations. On the journey back to present day, be entertained with tales of Blackbeard, smuggling and piracy on the high seas. Check out the infamous punch houses and gangsters’ illicit stills set against a backdrop of prohibition and jazz music. End the tour with a tot of Jefferson’s.

Lost in thought at Ennerdale Water

Head further inland to spend some time touring the Lake District. Ennerdale Water is the only lake that doesn’t have a road running along its full length, so you can really get away from it all here. Sitting in a rocky area woodland under the fells of the Ennerdale Valley, the lake offers solitude amid epic scenery. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Whitehaven? Travelodge Cockermouth Hotel is a 20-minute drive from the town. If you want to explore south Cumbria, a good base is Travelodge Barrow-in-Furness Hotel.