With its magnificent harbour and marina, Maryport prides itself on its maritime history. Henry Ismay, founder of the famous Liverpool-based White Star Line, was born here in 1837. The Titanic stopped off the coast of west Cumbria prior to its fatal maiden voyage in 1912 to salute the birthplace of Ismay, who played a fundamental role in the design and engineering of this magnificent vessel, the jewel of the White Star fleet. The seaport has a Roman history also and played a crucial role as one of the western most ports in the Roman Empire. The famous Hadrian's Wall terminated at the town where a great fortification was built called Alauna. The Senhouse Museum now occupies this location.


The town has many shops, cafes and traditional pubs. Situated on the quayside is Maryport Aquarium, which prides itself on being one of the best places to see some of the varied marine life of the Irish Sea. The Golden Lion Hotel hosted many famous people in its past including Charles Dickens, George Stevenson whilst planning the Maryport to Carlisle Railway Line and L.S.Lowry who was fond of Maryport and sketched it several times. Fletcher Christian, leader of the Mutiny on the Bounty, lived just out of town.