Whitehaven is a Georgian town and port on the west coast in the Copeland district, near the Lake District National Park. Home to The Beacon museum and the Whitehaven Marina, it’s maritime port was once the third-largest in the UK. The town’s prosperity was built on coal, developed by the wealthy Lowther family. Indeed, they also laid out the elegant Georgian town. The wealth of Georgian architecture led to Whitehaven being listed as a ‘gem town’
The historic 17th century harbour is the focus for spectacular maritime events and activities including the occasional visit of tall sailing ships. In the mid 18th century, Whitehaven was used as a template for the expansion of New York.
Today, improvements to the harbour area and a careful restoration of the town’s Georgian buildings are part of an ongoing regeneration programme. The latest phase of which is to upgrade footpaths, cycleways and signage along the coast to St Bee’s.