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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
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.
on the various Level Maps below will show different map
views of Maryport and District. Maps Courtesy of
County Level Map
Town Level Map
Street Level Map