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Holidays in Maryport

A Cumbrian coastal town surrounded by Hadrian’s County

UK | North of England | Cumbria | Maryport
Looking out to sea

Overlooking the sea yet still in easy reach of the famous Lake District, Maryport enjoys the best of both land and sea, with its picturesque scenery attracting painters such as LS Lowry and Percy Kelly.

With origins dating back to the Roman times, for centuries Maryport was a sleepy fishing village, until the 18th century, when the Senhouse family developed the village into a thriving coal port. Today it is a lively seaside town with a pretty harbour as well as several attractions and landmarks where the varied history can still be seen.

The town’s interesting Roman origins are documented at the Senhouse Roman Museum, and the museum contains Britain’s oldest collection of Roman artefacts; John Senhouse began collecting the pieces in around 1570. Adjacent to the museum you can find the remains of a Roman fort, dating from the fifth century.

Maryport harbour

History can be seen even if you just decide to wander through Maryport’s streets, which are lined with Georgian buildings. Highlights include Fleming Square, the old butter market, lined with cobbles, and the striking St Mary’s Church.

Much of what there is to see and do in Maryport revolves around the sea, which was the town’s livelihood for a very long time. Enjoy a walk along the promenade and soak up the views out over the harbour, which is also great for sea fishing, before delving into the stories of people who spent their lives at sea at the Maritime Museum. Housed in a former pub, the small museum has a variety of exhibits to learn from, including models, paintings and objects ranging from tools to telescopes. The town also has its own aquarium, featuring displays of the fish and invertebrates who live in the Irish Sea and Solway Estuary, as well as a host of other attractions including a café, gift shop, adventure playground, crazy golf and RC boats.

Away from the water, Maryport is also perfect for families thanks to its variety of hands-on attractions and leisure facilities. Tee-off at the Maryport Golf Club, set a best lap time at West Coast Karting, or enjoy a film or show at The Wave Maryport. Maryport is also home to one of the few Clip n Climb centres in the UK, where people of all abilities can enjoy the 23 unique climbing challenges in complete safety.

As well as the whole host of walks waiting for you in the nearby Lake District, you can also head north along the Solway and towards Hadrian’s Wall, marking the historic borders between England and Scotland, to discover even more Roman history.

"Enjoy a walk along the promenade and soak up the views out over the harbour..."

If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a bite to eat, Maryport isn’t short of choices. There’s the classic fish and chips at Cross Quays Fish ‘n’ Chips, Chinese cuisine at Wong’s Chinese Restaurant and a café and boutique in one at Her Citi. The town also offers many enjoyable pubs to enjoy a tasty meal and a refreshing pint in, from The Lifeboat Inn to the Captain Nelson Tavern.

Maryport’s tourist information centre can be found in the Wave Centre – be sure to pay it a visit at the beginning of your trip for even more local information.

Take a look at our collection of Maryport cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Senhouse Roman Museum

Discover an ancient Roman fort and the oldest collection of Roman relics in Britain at this museum

Lake District Coast Aquarium

See the fish and invertebrates of the Irish Sea close up and enjoy a range of family attractions

Clip n Climb

Take on the 23 different climbing challenges in safety with the Clip n Climb experience.

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