Allerdale - bursting with attractions
The choice is yours when it comes to the Lake District and attractions around Allerdale. Whatever your age, no matter how fit you are, whether you’re a lover of the outdoors, or prefer to stay under cover – and never mind the weather – this is a place which has plenty to offer.
We boast two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Lake District National Park and Hadrian’s Wall – and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We also have seven very different towns packed with things to see, as well as accommodation perfect for a little staycation or a great big holiday.
You could start with Keswick. It’s known as the adventure capital of the UK thanks to its location surrounded by lakes and fells.
Then you could venture west to Cockermouth, home to a wealth of lovely independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, and the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth. Travel to the south of Allerdale and you’re in Workington. It’s our biggest town and our shopping hub, with plenty of family-friendly attractions too.
Head north from there and you will find the harbour town of Maryport, complete with its own aquarium, then explore the green and lovely rural heartland of Aspatria, set in rolling countryside. Then there’s the pretty little town of Wigton with its art, heritage and individual shops, and, even further north, there are the beaches and dunes around Silloth on the glorious Solway Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Aspatria is a quiet, small town, birthplace of famed Cumbrian Artist Sheila Fell. It has an interesting Grade 2 listed church, St Kentigern’s. There’s room for kids to enjoy themselves at Memorial Park. It’s also home to the Lake District Creamery and their Little Cheese Shop. Sealy Beds, whose products find their way into homes across the UK and further afield is also manufactures in the town.
Cockermouth is the birthplace of famous poet, William Wordsworth. With its local butchers, bakers, cafes, restaurants and bookshop, Cockermouth is a great little town to visit, relax and spend some time. Don’t miss Wordsworth House, Jennings Brewery Tour and the Kirkgate Centre for arts and culture.
Keswick’s location is the best in Britain for the great outdoors. It’s an ideal base to explore the surrounding countryside. Set on the shores of Derwent Water with the fells of Skiddaw, Blencathra, Catbells and Helvellyn close by, it has rightly been a popular adventure playground for generations.
The picturesque coastal town of Maryport is a family-friendly location with plenty to see and do. Steeped in history, there is a well preserved grid of Georgian houses. The excellent Senhouse Roman Museum is a must visit as is the fascinating Lake District Coast Aquarium, the informative Maritime Museum as well as indoor climbing and caving at Clip ‘n Climb.
Silloth on the beautiful Solway coast is a well looked after Victorian seaside resort. It has all modern amenities including a magnificent championship standard golf course. Its expansive Green is a fabulous place for families, especially the water play area. It’s great for cycling due to the abundance of level, quite roads and it’s also a birdwatchers paradise.
The market town of Wigton is the birthplace of novelist and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg. He donated three windows to the parish church of St Mary’s. They complement the beautiful stained glass windows from the original 12 century church. Redmayne, the famous bespoke tailor was founded in the town in 1860. They are still here as well as a good range on interesting, local shops and cafes.
Workington is the premier shopping town for West Cumbria. It has a selection of quality big-name stores and independent retailers as well as a twice weekly market. The town also has a rich cultural heritage, with a choice of museums and theatres to enjoy as well as a busy events programme.
Allerdale, the capital of doing, is open for your next amazing experience. High energy, low energy or total relaxation. We have something new for you. High adrenaline mountain experiences, yes, unique spa treatments in the heart of the UK’s most beautiful national park, tick, culture and heritage to inspire, definitely, joyous fun with the kids, it’s a yes too. Add in the amazing range of accommodation and food and we have everything in place ready for you.