Maryport Tourist Information

Maryport stands close to fells, lakes and a coastline designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty renowned for bird-life and rare plants.
Here on the southernmost end of the Solway Firth an endless supply of outdoor activities lays a mile or so beyond the town boundaries. Whether you choose to walk, climb, mountain-bike, cycle, play golf or view wildlife, Maryport is well placed for access to open spaces, unique fell formations, lakes and wooded slopes of the Whinlatter Forest and the Ennerdale Valley.

The 12,000 population is well served by a mixture of specialist shops, food retailers, a Post Office, 2 Banks and regular rail and bus services.
Traditional inns, pubs, restaurants, cafés and take-aways serve meals for all tastes with a strong emphasis on menus prepared from local produce.
A cliff top museum showcasing Maryport's Roman history and heritage combines with a Maritime Museum, an award winning Aquarium and a Leisure Centre containing a theatre, cinema, swimming pool and a Heritage Visitor Centre to provide family friendly indoor diversions.

Maryport's annual 3 day music festival has become a nationwide favourite with big name performances of the very best in blues music. This is only one of the many events which take place for much of the year in the surrounding towns and villages all of which are organised and produced by locals proud to share the beauty and traditions of the region.

Maryport is fast becoming a favoured visitor choice as a convenient base from which to explore and enjoy the diversity of the Western Lake District.

How to get there:

By rail: From the West Coast Main Line, change at Preston, Carlisle or Barrow in Furness.
Maryport is an unstaffed station stop on the Cumbrian Coast Line.

By road: Situated on the A596 north or Workington.

Bus Services:
Routes from the town to local destinations including Allonby, Carlisle, Cockermouth, Keswick, Silloth, Whitehaven.

Nearby Villages
Allonby, Broughton Moor, Crosby, Crosscanonby, Dearham, Ellenborough, Flimby, Mawbraw.

Nearest lakes:
Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater, Ennerdale Water, Loweswater, Buttermere, Crummock Water.

Maryport Town

Maryport Docks

Maryport Museum

Maryport boats

Attractions in Maryport

The Lake District Coast Aquarium
Celebrating our 10th year, we will be hosting special events throughout the year.
We are also the Tourist Information Centre for the town.

Senhouse Museum
Standing on the cliffs above the town, Senhouse houses the oldest and best collections of Roman artefacts in the country. Here, the Roman occupation of Maryport is displayed in detail.

Maritime Museum
Senhouse Street, Maryport. Objects, pictures, models and paintings illustrating Maryports maritime, industrial, social and political history. There are also displays about Fletcher Christian of the Mutiny on the Bounty and Thomas Ismay, owner of the Titanic. Open Monday-Saturday 10am to 4pm. Admission free.

West Coast Indoor Karting
Solway Trading Estate, Maryport. Racing for all abilities providing you are aged 8 years or above and provides a kart dedicated for the disabled. Suits, helmets, gloves are provided free. Light refreshments, free parking, spectators welcome. Telephone 01900-816472.

The Wave Centre
This is a revolutionary £3.3million Entertainment and Visitor Centre. The complex features theatre/cinema, with state of the art acoustics and lighting equipment. The theatre can be divided in two with soundproof partitions for a smaller more intimate venue. It's a multi- functional space that can be used for local shows, professional performances, concerts, award ceremonies, training events, conferences , weddings, parties etc.
The Wave holds themed nights, children's entertainment and drama groups. The Centre is also used for local community events.
We have a 50 seat coffee shop, serving light lunches and snacks and a fully licensed bar.

Harbour Lights Project
A series of permanent contemporary arts installations set in and around the historic harbour.

Lake District Heavy Horse Centre
Situated between Maryport and Cockermouth. A collection of some of the worlds most beautiful and rare breeds. Horses and equipments supplied for a variety of occasions including weddings.

Maryport Golf Club
Open all year. An 18 hole course with beautiful views across the Solway Firth.

The Smugglers Route linking Maryport to the Solway Coast.
Hadrians Wall Walk. See our page for details.
The fells of Skiddaw, Grasmoor, Haystacks, Grisedale Pike, High Stile.

Mountain Biking
The Altura Trail in the Whinlatter Forest near Keswick.

Whinlatter Forest Park. High Wire adventure with rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides.

Solway Coast
An area designated as one of Outstanding Natural Beauty and of Special Scientific Interest. Please see our Solway Coast Information Page for more details.

Lake District Ospreys Project
View the Bassenthwaite Ospreys from an outdoor viewpoint in the Whinlatter Forest.

Maryport Blues Festival
A significant annual festival of the best in blues music. Details from past and future events


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