Things to do in Workington, Cumbria
The town during the Roman occupation of Britain was the site of a Hadrianic fort, which was part of the elaborate coastal defence system of the Roman Wall.
It was not until the 18th century, with the exploitation of the local iron ore and coalfields, that Workington expanded to become a major industrial town and port.
Workington is a lively and colourful town, and is twined with Stadt Selm, Germany; Val-de-Reuil, France; and has a civic link with Curwensville, USA.
In 1568 the Hall was refuge for Mary Queen of Scots, during her flight from Scotland before her imprisonment and final execution.
The Hall is a classified ruin open to the public, and a stage for Shakespeare, pageant, plays and is associated with the town's annual medieval 'Curwen Fair'
There are numerous churches throughout the town.
The parish church of St. Michael's has stood on its present site since the 7th century, although the 12th century Norman church was replaced in 1770 by a larger building.
To the north of the town, standing prominently in the distance stands the Windfarm.
These wind turbines were constructed as an alternative and environmentally friendly way of producing electricity.
Workington provides a good range of local and national shops, and the town market is held each Wednesday and Saturday.
The Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre stages various exhibitions and displays and has a delightfully preserved theatre which offers a varied programme of music and drama throughout the year.
For the seafarer, Workington's coastal location has led to the development of a small marina and busy working port.
The adjacent harbour area has recently been rejuvenated and offers an interesting stroll along the quayside.
Whether you're a spectator or a competitor, Workington has something for everyone in the field of sport and leisure.
For wet days the Leisure Centre provides a wide range of indoor activities.
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