Maryport is an attractive harbour side town located on the Solway Estuary at the edge of the Cumbrian Lake District. Steeped in history this charming costal town is now popular base for visitors wanting to experience the best of Cumbria from stunning costal walks and clean beeches to the spectacular vistas of the high fells.
Maryport’s rich history can be seen displayed in the Senhouse Roman Museum that charts the towns beginnings as a command and supply base at the western end of Hadrian’s Wall. The Roman presence in the area dates back to AD122 when a fort named Alauna was built to protect the western flank of the wall and stop it being circumvented by crossing the Solway.
The town’s seafaring roots can be found in the Maryport Maritime Museum, which charts the towns 2000 year long association with the sea. The museum contains noted exhibits about two of the town’s former residents: Fletcher Christian the mutinous Master Mate of the HMS Bounty and Thomas Ismay the founder of the White Star Line, the company that owner the Titanic.
Far from being stuck in the past Maryport has a vibrant music scene with the highlight of the calendar being the three-day Maryport Blues Festival held each year at the end of July. The festival attracts major names from the blues scene such as Jools Holland, Booker T. Jones, Dionne Warwick, Van Morrison, Chuck Berry, Paul Carrack and the Robert Cray Band. In 2011 the festival will enter its 13th year – why not come along and join in the calibrations.
The town makes for the perfect getaway destination, whether you love walking, sailing, fishing, golf, unique shops or lively pubs, Maryport has it all.