Whitehaven is a Georgian planned town (one of Britain's first planned towns, with a grid iron pattern of streets). Rich coal reserves were mined and transported to Ireland. This coal trade led in turn to ship building and a direct involvement in trade with the newly founded Colonies in what was to become the USA. The port also had to defend itself and its ships against raiders and had its own small fort. Whitehaven was also infamous for its association with rum smugglers.
Today Whitehaven’s history can be seen in the many restored Georgian buildings, the redeveloped harbour area and ship building facilities.
Things to see and do
* The Rum Story
* The Beacon
* Haig Colliery Mining Museum
* The Quest – tour around harbor and streets
* St. Nicholas Church Gardens
Cruise Season – March to Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (GDP)
Language – English
Land Area – sq km
Population – 26,000
Electricity – British-style plug with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade
Time – GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – +44
Port Location – The Whitehaven harbor is located in the downtown area of Whitehaven.
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