The Port of Whitehaven is a historic harbour. Development began in 1634 with the first Quay being built. At one time, Whitehaven was one of the most important ports in the United Kingdom, due to trade and shipbuilding. The town is famous for the attack upon it by John Paul Jones, the founder of the American Navy, in 1778.
In 1997, the harbour became fully enclosed following £20 million investment.
The Town and Harbour is situated on the Western Lake District Coast, and is the ideal place to stay if you fancy a few nights in the Lakes. England’s highest mountain, deepest lake and smallest church are within a 30-minute drive together with Muncaster Castle, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, Cockermouth and Keswick.