The English Lake District may not conjure up images of seaside fun, but it is actually home to some of the most scenic spots by the sea, as well as some stunning lakeside towns and villages. If you are planning a trip to the Lake District, explore some of the coastal villages and towns, including:

Maryport

Henry Ismay founded the White Star Line, builders of the Titanic, and was born in Maryport in 1837. Once known as the most attractive harbour town in the UK, Maryport´s history is highlighted with a host of Roman, Georgian and Victorian industrial markings.

Visit the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport, the Maryport Maritime Museum with exhibitions about the Titanic and the Bounty, the Senhouse Roman Museum, the West Coast Indoor Karting track, and The Lakeland Heavy Horse Centre with stables, a demonstration centre and a pet´s corner for the kids.

If you want to make the most of the lakes and the sea, stay in a Windermere spa hotel and enjoy stunning facilities.

Whitehaven

Whitehaven was the first post-Renaissance planned town in Britain when Sir John Lowther began construction of the streets (he was inspired by Sir Christopher Wren's designs for the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire of 1666). Streets were laid in a grid pattern with St Nicholas Church sitting in the middle. Unfortunately, the town´s prosperity declined due to the shallow waters of the Solway - this limited the size of ships that could enter the harbour. As the displacement of shipping continued, the deep water ports of Liverpool and Glasgow prospered at the expense of Whitehaven.

Today´s attractions in Whitehaven include: The Rum Story, a family-friendly museum, dedicated to the history of rum, The Haig Colliery Mining Museum, which was Cumbria´s last deep coal mine, The Beacon, which is Whitehaven´s museum, and documents the history and industry of the town, and Whitehaven Marine Adventures.

If you are staying in a Windermere spa hotel, take your time to explore the countryside and make the most of the Lake District seaside.

Solway Firth

Travelling along the west coast takes you through many historic towns and villages. The Solway Coast is renowned for spectacular sunsets and provides a haven of peace for you to enjoy. The area is home to a wide range of bird life, rare plants and wildlife.

Silloth has a small population, and nestles on the shores of the Solway Firth, facing southern Galloway, with a backdrop of fells and open countryside. Silloth is known for its mild climate, its tranquil atmosphere and for its stunning sea views and sunsets. The Green is a 36 acre grassy area in the middle of town, which attracts thousands of visitors to this scenic spot.

Taking its name from Cistercian monks at Holme Cultram Abbey in Abbeytown, Silloth was named after the sea lathes in which grain was stored. The hamlet was painted by famous landscape artist, Turner, and is also situated on the Cumbria Coastal Way and the Cumbria Cycle Way.

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