Attractions Around the West Coast

Dunningwell Hall Gardens
Victorian garden, woodland walks, statues for sale, small art gallery, picnic area. From A5093 at The Green take minor road to Dunningwell, less than half mile. Small attraction. The Green, Millom LA18 5JT 01229 774666
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Cumbrian Heavy Horses
ride Shire, Clydesdale or Ardennes horses on beaches, fells and farm. 1.5 hour instructional hacks, 2 hour, half day, and full day hacks, hands-on experiences and riding holidays (featured on BBC's Countryfile). Rides and horses matched to riders' requirements. For experienced riders, longer and faster rides. BHS and TRSS approved riding centre dedicated to future of rare breed heavy horses. Chappels Farm, Whicham Valley, near Millom LA18 5LY. Signposted from A595 Whicham Valley road between Broughton-in-Furness and Silecroft. Booking essential on 01229 777764 between 9am and 6pm
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Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
La'al Ratty 15in miniature railway running 7 miles from Ravenglass to Dalegarth, 9 stations in 40 minutes. Open top, open sided and covered carriages, steam and diesel locomotives. Many special events. Ravenglass Station has shop, cafe, pub, museum and introductory film. Dalegarth has cafe, shop and free exhibition. Mid-size to big attraction. Trains daily; full day ticket, travel back and forth all day, or single return journeys from any station. Bicycles must be pre-booked Ravenglass CA18 1SW signposted just off A595 and on mainline railway route. 01229 717171 Email Us web site

Muncaster Castle
800-year-old castle still lived in by Pennington family and developed as big all-day, year-round attraction especially during special festivals. Castle and gardens each worth visit in own right. World Owl Centre, daily entertainment throughout August, winter events and attractions including Darkest Muncaster when gardens are lit up at dusk. CA18 1RD on A595 just south of Ravenglass (Ravenglass railway station) Open daily: summer season end March to end October, gardens, owl centre and children's indoor MeadowVole Maze opening times and admission details on website or telephone 01229 717614 web site

The Rum Story
1785 shop, courtyards, cellars and bonded warehouses converted into family attraction telling story of Whitehaven's connection with rum making and trade. Displays, shop, cafe. Among town centre shops, 2 mins from harbour, signposted. Small attraction. Opening times and admission charges on website. 27 Lowther Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7DN 01946 592933 Email Us web site

The Beacon
Vast historical collection housed over five floors with interactive exhibitions and view from top; art gallery, cafe. Opening times and admsiion details on website. Small to mid-size attraction. Large, round white building on harbourside, signposted. West Strand Whitehaven CA28 7LY 01946 592302 Email Us web site

Eskdale Mill
one of oldest water-powered corn mills in England, on banks of Whillan Beck in hamlet of Boot. Miller's tour combines stories of the mill's history and past valley life with artefacts, early photographs, tales of historic tenants of the mill plus demonstration of the milling process. Small attraction. Cross packhorse bridge from Boot CA19 1TG. 019467 23335
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Ravenglass Roman Baths
one of best-preserved Roman military bath-houses in Britain with walls nearly 12ft high. Faint traces of adjacent fort, a major Roman naval base. No facilities, information boards explain site. Free, always open. Small attraction. Short walk SE of Ravenglass off minor road off A595 grid ref SD088958

Hardknott Roman Fort (Mediobogdum)
atmospheric ruins of 2nd century fort 9 miles NE of Ravenglass high on W end of Hardknott Pass (not recommended to drive). Small attraction. No facilities, always open, free. Grid ref NY218015

Lowes Court Gallery
Paintings, prints and craftwork and monthly exhibitions by emerging and established artists, many form Cumbria and N of England. Small attraction. 12 Main Street, Egremont CA22 2DW 01946 820693 open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Wed 10am-1pm. Free admission. Town centre just off A595 roundabout.
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Millom Folk Museum
History of Millom and district including mine cage and Norman Nicholson's work. Gift shop, refreshments. Small attraction. Mon-Sat 11.30am-3.30pm last admission 3pm £4, pensioners £3, children £1, family £9 (2 adults and 3 children). Tickets valid for repeat visits throughout season. A5093 (Salthouse Road) into Millom off A595 in railway station buildings. Old Station Building, Station Road, Millom, Cumbria, LA18 5AA 01229 772555
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