Cumbria is best known for its beautiful scenery and fantastic walking. However, there is much more to the Lake District than meets the eye! Here are some of West Cumbria's main tourist attractions:
Muncaster Castle is owned by the Frost-Penningtons, and has been a family run business for many years. The Castle can be visited for a great day out, at reasonable prices and with fantastic facilities. The gardens are spectacular, with many rhododendrons and trees. Visitors can take a tour of the castle, visit Max the Meadowvole, and there are many other activities such as nature trails suitable for any age. Another attraction within the grounds is the World Owl Trust, which is concerned with the breeding and upkeep of many rare and endangered owls. Visitors can also "Meet the Owls" in a display which is given at 2:30pm every day. The superb team of staff will guarantee that you have a brilliant day! Highly recommended.
Click here for the Muncaster Website.
The harbour at Whitehaven has been undergoing a great deal of change in the past few years. This has lead to brand new visitor attractions and a marina. Whitehaven was also featured in The Times top 10 tourist coast destinations in 2000. The harbour was featured in the BBC news this year as it froze over during the spell of cold weather!
The Rum Story is a new addition to Whitehaven. It tells an interactive story of how rum used to be shipped to Whitehaven. Facilities include a cafe and a gift shop.
The Visitors Centre has been completely refurbished and reopened in June 2002. This attraction is highly recommended.
The Sellafield Website.
This miniature railway is a favourite with the locals and tourists alike. The train travels from Ravenglass to Eskdale, winding through the mountains and lakes. Prices are very reasonable, and this trip is highly suitable for children.
Click here for more information.
The Beacon tells the story of Whitehaven through history. It focuses on the time when Whitehaven was one of the most important ports in England. Children are very welcome.
The pottery sells a wide range of ceramics. It is also the Tourist Information Centre for the village. They run a variety of courses throughout the year, to suit both the amateur and the professional potter.
Click here for the Pottery website.
Gosforth has a wide range of shops, including an Arts and Crafts shop, a
Hobby Shop and an Antiques Shop. The shops tend to be geared towards tourists,
with many souvenirs available, but there are also shops for the villagers.
These provide everyday provisions, and so are very useful for self-catering
Cumbria is of course famed for its wonderful scenery. Within easy driving distance of Gosforth is the deepest lake and the tallest mountain, which are on Wasdale. No visit to the area would be complete without experiencing this for yourself. Whether you are an experienced mountaineer and wish to try your hand (or feet!) at Scawfell Pike, or if you just wish to take gentle strolls by the riverside, you will be catered for here. Local villagers will be happy to help you decide where to go, and most will have extensive knowledge of the area as they have lived here all their lives. Walking Guides can also be purchased to help you decide which of the many walks you will try. I guarantee that once you have taken one holiday in the region, you will definitely come back for more!