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Workington in General
Member Name: rachel_eppy
Workington in General
Date: 28/09/01, updated on 06/10/01 (863 review reads)
Advantages: no tourists
Disadvantages: accent, nothing really to do
Well, for anyone who travels this far north to Cumbria in the first place and is then prepared to drive at least 45 minutes from the motorway you may be slightly disappointed to find out that once you finally get to Workington or Wuck-in-'n as the locals call it you don’t understand a word anyone says. The accent in my hometown is slightly hard to decipher for people who aren’t used to it, as I learned when I moved to Manchester last year!
The problem with going to Workington is; when you finally get here, there is almost nothing to do. Well unless you want to play Crown Green Bowls, go to the local parks, (and after 6pm these fill up with drunken 13 year olds) or you want to go to a cold and dirty strip of rocks called Northside Beach.
The things that you can do, won’t really fill up a fortnight’s holiday here but if you’re staying in the Lake District it’s not that far to travel for a day trip.
There’s Curwen Hall, a ruined castle that Mary Queen of Scots stayed in on her way to London. You can look round the outside year-round for free and look inside during the summer for about £3-4.
Just down the road there’s the Helena Thompson Museum, free to look round but they ask you for a donation, a converted large house with exhibitions which are mostly to do with the local area. They do usually have a visiting exhibition in the main hall which is there for about 6 weeks then moves on so there’s always something new to see. A favorite memory of my childhood was being allowed to model the Victorian children’s clothes for the local newspaper. Now they're behind a glass case to preserve them.
There is a town center that has better shopping facilities than the nearby towns and villages, including a Woolworth’s, Next, Boots etc. But for a real shopping trip, make the effort and go to Carlisle.
There's the industrial estate Derwent Howe which h
as a Safeway, B&Q, Halfords, and some carpet/furniture shops but if you're in Workington on Holiday you won't really be interested in those. It's pretty much on the outskirts of the town.
But the best thing about Workington is its pubs. Go into the town Center and just follow one of the general crowds of people into the following;
Yankees-pretty old pub, but always packed
Scruples-formally called Chasers, newly refurbished and nice, a good meeting point and next door to Yankees.
Circuit Bar-a nice mellow local bar, with good music
Level 2-upper levels with a Chinese restaurant, nicest toilets in town!
Elliott’s-Very sticky floor, go to the toilet in Level 2 before you go here!
Royal Oak-small pub, walk in one door and out the other in about 30 minutes, because it's so crowded. Nice pub food for lunch, but too noisy/smoky/busy to eat dinner/supper.
Fusion- the most popular club, expensive entry and drinks, not that good for all the hype.
On a typical night out it is possible to have at least one drink in each of these, and see everyone you know on the way. There is a maximum 5 minute walk between them.
There are quite a few places to eat in Workington. I have found these to be the best cafe's in town, with consistently friendly and efficient service.
Superfish Restaurant; in the town center, above a takeaway, serving the typical takeaway food, but on a plate. Situated on Pow Street, next to M&S. There is a second takeaway on John Street but this doesn't have a restaurant.
Toggies; a little cafe in the town center, very busy on Saturday mornings, pretty reasonable the rest of the week. This is on Pow Street between Woolies and M&S.
Treats; a slightly more up market cafe. Also on Pow Street, but near Derwent Bookshop.
Washington Central Cafe; part of the Washington Central Hotel, by far the nicest in town, on the corner of Washington Street, just next to the main town
center car park.
And then if you like your junk food...
McDonalds; have you ever been to a town that doesn't have a McDonalds? Well until recently we didn't have one. Now that we do, its the same as every other one you've ever seen, situated on Derwent Howe.
Caspian’s; for nice pizza, also deliver, usually very nice, but quite expensive also on Derwent Howe.
Kow-Loon; the best Chinese takeaway in Cumbria, people come from all over to Seaton, a village on the outskirts of Workington. You can even by someone gift vouchers for this takeaway!
The point is, come to Workington for a day, stay and have the best night out in Cumbria, and then move on, to elsewhere in the Lake District with the rest of the tourists who never make it this far to start with.