Cockermouth - A great place to eat, drink, shop and explore

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Cockermouth is a beautiful Georgian market town on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The town is located at the junction of the Derwent & Cocker Rivers. Considered the gateway to the western Lake District and the Solway Coast, our pretty, vibrant town has plenty to explore and enjoy for locals & tourists alike. Cockermouth Online is your guide to the town, it’s local shops, pubs, hotels & restaurants and the best ways to enjoy all we have to offer.

Main Street Cockermouth is the hub of the town’s shopping, eating & drinking precinct but it doesn’t end there. You can also explore Market Place and Station Street, where you’ll find all sorts of shops, pubs, restaurants, galleries & eateries. The range of independent shops in Cockermouth makes our town a facinating place to visit, with a fabulous selection of just about everything. You’ll always find friendly service and expert advice at any of our variety of local stores. We’ll see you soon!

Your local shops are reopening

Cockermouth is being showcased on television in a new advertisement campaign arranged by Cockermouth & District Chamber of Trade. The ads, which will appear on ITV Border throughout the rest of June, showcase the wealth of independent businesses there are across the town. The advert also highlights the fact there are social-distancing measures in place in the hope that visitors will be attracted from across Cumbria and south west Scotland for a safe shopping experience.

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Cockermouth - A great place to eat, drink, shop and explore

cockermouth town centre shopping

Cockermouth is a beautiful Georgian market town on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The town is located at the junction of the Derwent & Cocker Rivers. Considered the gateway to the western Lake District and the Solway Coast, our pretty, vibrant town has plenty to explore and enjoy for locals & tourists alike. Cockermouth Online is your guide to the town, it’s local shops, pubs, hotels & restaurants and the best ways to enjoy all we have to offer.

Main Street Cockermouth is the hub of the town’s shopping, eating & drinking precinct but it doesn’t end there. You can also explore Market Place and Station Street, where you’ll find all sorts of shops, pubs, restaurants, galleries & eateries. The range of independent shops in Cockermouth makes our town a facinating place to visit, with a fabulous selection of just about everything. You’ll always find friendly service and expert advice at any of our variety of local stores. We’ll see you soon!

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Cockermouth Restaurants

Choose where to dine from our selection of Cockermouth restaurants. You're bound to find your favourite eatery for delicious food from a variety of menus.

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Cockermouth Pubs & Bars

If it's a beverage you're after, a Jennings beer will consistently go down well – and it's brewed here in town. It doesn't get any more local than that.

Shopping in Cockermouth

Cockermouth Shops

From clothes and shoes, to homewares and gifts, butchers, bakers, supermarkets and hardware stores

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Things to do in Cockermouth

There’s history, literature, culture, shopping, food and more in Cockermouth. With all sorts of events & places to visit, everything's within an easy walk.

Taste CA13 Cockermouth Restaurant Event

Thank you to all who took part in our annual restaurant promotion! We’re looking forward to next year’s event.

Discover a real Cumbrian town on the edge of the Lake District

There’s history, literature, culture, shopping and more in Cockermouth. With family friendly places to visit, everything within an easy walk, and plenty to catch your eye around town, it’s a great place to visit.

It’s also the perfect gateway to the Western Lake District and the Solway coast, so it’s worth planning your trip so you’ve got time to head out of town too. You’ve got fells, lakes, forests and beaches on your doorstep if you choose to stay in Cockermouth.

Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, so you’ll see his face around town, not least at the National Trust-owned Wordsworth House and Garden. If you like history, seek out the mini museum in Banks Hardware store in Market Place or take the Civic Trust’s town trail. For more recent history, look for the flood markers on the town centre businesses which show how high the waters reached when the Rivers Cocker and Derwent burst their banks in 2009.

Tours are also on offer at Jennings Brewery, and they finish with samples of their ales. Or head out of town to the Lakes Distillery, a short drive away, and find out how whisky is being made here for the first time in hundreds of years.

Cockermouth Castle is owned by Lord and Lady Egremont and is usually closed to visitors, but this historic building is open on a handful of days around the time of Georgian Fair and the Midsummer Festival. They are two events not to be missed, as is September’s Taste Cumbria Festival which is a foodies’ paradise with celebrity chefs, cookery demonstrations and a wealth of stalls, and Woolfest, which attracts international visitors who love crafts and this most natural of products.

There’s always something going on in Cockermouth. The town’s arts venue is the Kirkgate Centre, with its mix of music, comedy, theatre and exhibitions. Its Monday night cinema shows everything from subtitled arts films to recent blockbusters, while its Film Club has themed seasons. Many of the Main Street pubs have live music at weekends, and you get ad hoc events in some of the cafes, bistros and at Wordsworth House and Garden. There are lots of creative places to browse, and high-end art is on show at Castlegate Gallery, which has a national reputation.

While you’re in the area, explore the coast – there are fabulous beaches, lovely harbours and loads of history, or head inland to the amazing valleys of Buttermere and Ennerdale. Nearby Whinlatter Forest Park has Go Ape aerial assault course and a brilliant adventure playground trail, as well as great mountain biking and walks.