The Beacon

Sitting on the harbor of Whitehaven is a lighthouse like structure known as The Beacon. Once being the third largest port in England, this structure as built to help guide those at sea. Today this structure still guides those who come to the harbor. It has been transformed into a modern museum which houses five floors worth of historic displays. Visitors who come here are sure to be guided through history as they learn about how Copeland came about, Georgian Town Planning and more.

Throughout the four upper floors guests will see a mixture of amazing displays. On the first floor of the Beacon visitors will find themselves in the Harbor Gallery. Up to eight different exhibits are housed here each year. The gallery does not charge admission so the exhibits can be viewed for free. The gift shop can also be found on this level. On the next floor, paintings, prints and photographs are sure to amuse while they teach about working classes in earlier times. Children can also enjoy playing games from the past.

The third floor of The Beacon, an array of artifacts from Romans and Vikings await guests. It is also here where guests can learn about early industries and get a firsthand experience through the touch screen trading, warehouse sights, interactive ship and more. At the top, a spectacular view of the town and harbor can be seen through powerful telescopes and various displays. While taking in the view, visitors can also learn about Paul Jones the pirate and the weather.

At the ground floor of The Beacon visitors can enjoy dining at the Wellington Bistro. This café provides guests not just with delicious dishes but the best view in the harbor as well. The Beacon is equipped with disabled access throughout for the convenience of guests with special needs. Visitors can come to The Beacon from Tuesday to Sunday and on Bank Holiday Mondays all year round except on December 24-26.

It is open from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Last admissions are accepted 45 minutes before the closing time. Admission is £ 5 for adults and £ 1.50 for children under 16 accompanied by an adult. Concession tickets are also sold at £ 4. For those who want to go back, annual passes are also available at £ 8. To learn more about The Beacon and other details visit the website at