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Elizabeth Dock Elizabeth Dock
Fleming Square Fleming Square
Millennium Garden Millennium Garden
Disused Lighthouse Disused Lighthouse
Maritime Museum and Tourist Information Centre Maritime Museum and Tourist Information Centre
Senhouse Street Senhouse Street
Miners Statue Miners Statue
Looking Towards Senhouse Street Looking Towards Senhouse Street
Maryport Aquaruim Maryport Aquaruim

Maryport the town was founded in 1749 with the name coming from Mary who was the wife of the Lord of the Manor, Humphrey Senhouse II. Mary was the Bishop of Carlisle's daughter. The town, with its neat terraces of sandstone houses and shops can be found on the coast in the northern area of Cumbria north of Workington. You will discover fine views across the Solway Estuary as you stroll along the shorline.

Over 200 years ago the town was flourishing with the exports of coal and iron-ore and at one stage was the biggest port in the Cumbrian region. Maryport was also involved in shipbuilding.

Now you will discover a few small fishing boats which mingle with private craft in the harbour and marina. Local fresh fish can be still be bought at the " The Catch" shop on the dock and also the trawlers can be seen unloading their catch. You can still see the old sandstone quays with remnants of the past.

You can discover the story of Maryport's past at the Maryport Maritime Museum in Senhouse Street. Inside the museum you can also see various exhibits which range from a whale's tooth to telescopes and reminders of Fletcher Christian, who was the leader of the Bounty Mutineers and born in Cockermouth.

North of the town, on a hill, stand the remains of the Roman Fort of Alauna which was a part of Hadrian's defences against the Picts across the Solway and an outlying bastion of Hadrian's Wall. The Senhouse Roman Museum displays and tells the story of the Romans who once occupied the area.

Discover the Mill Street Link, a Pedestrian Walkway which links Senhouse Street with Mill Street and here you will discover a Mosaic known as Mill Race Lonning which depicts the history of Maryport. A short walk away is Flemming Square where you will find Georgian houses set around a cobbled square. Within the town you will find various hotels, cafes, restaurants, takeaways and drinking establishments to meet everyone's budget.

Maryport has an excellent aquarium the The Lake District Coast Aquarium where it has a comprehensive collection of native marine life. There is daily fish feeding and talks.

For the younger members there is "Shiver Me Timbers" play area which can be found behind the Maryport Aquaruim. There are two areas for the under 5s and under 12s, with the theme being nautical. This is a free attraction.

For those who want to test their driving skills, check out West Coast Karting where you will also find a range of sporting facilities in Maryport from golf, tennis, swimming, squash, fishing trips, bowling and rugby union.

Maryport have a number of Events and Festivals. For more details, contact the Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01900 813738.

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Elizabeth Dock Elizabeth Dock
Fleming Square Fleming Square
Millennium Garden On The Promenade Millennium Garden On The Promenade
Looking Down On Maryport Looking Down On Maryport
Disused Lighthouse Disused Lighthouse
Looking Towards The Houses On The North Quay Looking Towards The Houses On The North Quay

 

 

 
 
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