Pictures of England



Historic Towns & Picturesque Villages

England Articles

Pictures of Workington

in the county of Cumbria
Evening over Workington, Workington, Cumbria.

About Workington

Ancient market town of quintessential English charm, where you could easily swap the modern day cars parked in gracious tree-lined avenues for the horse and carriage of Victorian times, so well would they fit with the town's beautiful buildings.

This lovely town is twice blest; it lies on the lovely Cumbrian coast where cliffs rise like fortresses from the sea and is backed by the towering peaks of the Lake District National Park, a landscape of diverse charm and beauty. From looking around it is hard to believe that this was once an industrial heartland, a centre for iron, coal and steel. Historically, the town played an important role in the Industrial Revolution for it was here that Henry Bessamer revolutionised the making of steel by introducing a new manufacturing process which in a short time was adopted all over the country and in other parts of the world. The old industries for which the town was known have died away and newer industry, more commensurate with the demands of the times have taken over, hence the town remains a prosperous place in which to live.

Further back in time, Mary, Queen of Scots sought sanctuary at Workington Hall, a magnificent estate which today is but a faded ruin. The house has an illustrious history and on a visit, it is easy to visualise the glorious place it once was. It was from here that Queen Mary wrote to Queen Elizabeth I, the letter is in the British Museum. Sadly, Mary's arrival here ended her freedom and the room in which she stayed lies in ruins. However, the house is open to the public and makes a tremendously rewarding day out for all the family. All manner of events are held here including the famous Curwen medieval fair which stages a Shakespearean pageant and operas.

Church history is well served in the town - there has been a place of worship here since the 7th-century. St. Michael's church originated in the 12th-century but was replaced late in the 18th-century. It is a magnificent church with a superb Norman tower decorated with turrets and intricate pinnacles. Amazing stained glass windows fill the church with glowing shades of light in which to view its many treasures. The town's other church is St.John's which was built in 1823 to celebrate The Battle of Waterloo.

A fascinating feature of Workington is the Helena Thompson Museum. The lady was a well known member of the community and philanthropist, on her death she bequeathed the museum to the people of the town. The building contains, clothes, furniture and other mementoes of her life including; silver, pottery and glass.

Few legacies of the town's rich mining heritage exist, however the remains of Jane Pit, built by Henry Curwen in the 19th-century at Mossbay is open to public view. It is one of the best surviving examples of the ornate castellated style of colliery and is listed as an important ancient monument.

With opportunities to see so much of interest from the past it is not surprising to find visitors are making their way to Workington for its growing status of a resort town with easy access to many other attractive places of interest. Workington offers an excellent choice of accommodation, historic inns, restaurants, excellent shopping facilities including atmospheric antique centre's and picture galleries. Wordsworth House, birthplace of poet William Wordsworth at Cockermouth on the edge of The Lake District is within reasonable driving distance, as are many charming villages and golden sandy beaches.

Recommended towns & villages near Workington

Maryport Harbour

Maryport (12 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of Cumbria

(5.3 miles, 8.6 km, direction N of Workington)

Today, first and foremost Maryport is a splendid resort town on the beautiful Solway coast, it is steeped in the maritime history of two thousand years of sea...

Cockermouth High Street, Cumbria

Cockermouth (4 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Cumbria

(7.1 miles, 11.5 km, direction E of Workington)

Cockermouth is ideally placed to be used as a centre for touring the Lake District National Park. It has a High Street seemingly unaltered, and is ringed by some of the finest scenery in England...

Loweswater 040

Loweswater (17 Pictures) in the county of Cumbria

(9.7 miles, 15.5 km, direction SE of Workington)

Loweswater is centred in a landscape of grandeur, it is surrounded by Mellbreak Fell, Carling Knott Fell and Burnbank Fell, all excellent climbing and walking country giving views of a mountainous landscape reflected in sun-kissed pewter waters...

Crummock Water

Buttermere (102 Pictures) in the county of Cumbria

(12.8 miles, 20.6 km, direction SE of Workington)

Even when swirling mist rolls in over the stark fells surrounding Buttermere, the little hamlet remains serene in its simplicity and beauty...

Wastwater and the fine mountain scene around Wasdale head.

Wasdale Head (42 Pictures) in the county of Cumbria

(16.9 miles, 27.1 km, direction SE of Workington)

Vast, lonely landscape of towering fells, jewel like streams and tarns situated at the head of the Wasdale Valley with the mighty Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain and Great Gable forming an almost uniformity range of mountains in the distance...

All towns & villages in Cumbria
Complete A to Z of towns & villages in England

Nearby attractions..

General view showing Cockermouth Castle and Jennings Brewery, Cumbria

Cockermouth Castle (1 Pictures)

(7.4 miles, 11.8 km, direction E)

These wonderful ruins of a by-gone age can be discovered in the charming inland resort of Cockermouth, amongst Lakeland's.....

St Bees Head in Cumbria

St Bees Head (7 Pictures)

(10.4 miles, 16.7 km, direction S)

These are the only cliffs on the coast of Cumbria, and it here visitors can catch a glimpse of the sheer drama of sea-birds, for.....

Crummock Water, Lake District, Cumbria.

Crummock Water (37 Pictures)

(11.2 miles, 18.1 km, direction SE)

The romantic setting between high fells gives Crummock Water its character. It is somewhat overshadowed by other better known.....

A picture of Whinlatter Forest Park

Whinlatter Forest Park (7 Pictures)

(13.3 miles, 21.4 km, direction E)

If you happen to visit Keswick in Cumbria do not miss out on Whinlatter Forest Park, for this superb gift of nature is a real.....

Derwentwater as the daylight starts to go

Derwentwater (424 Pictures)

(16.5 miles, 26.6 km, direction E)

Derwentwater is one of 16 Lakes set within the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. It is one of the most northerly of the.....

A picture of The Bowder Stone

The Bowder Stone (6 Pictures)

(17.2 miles, 27.7 km, direction SE)


Holme Cultram Abbey, Abbey Town, Near Silloth, Cumbria

Holme Cultram Abbey (6 Pictures)

(17.4 miles, 28.0 km, direction NE)

This was a Cistercian foundation of the 12th century of which the nave is now the parish Church of St.Mary, and although the.....

All attractions in Workington
All attractions in Cumbria
Complete A to Z of attractions in England