Silloth Tourist Information

 

Renowned for its mild climate and spectacular sunsets, Silloth has been a popular family friendly holiday and visitor destination since the early 1860's when a newly built rail link (since closed) brought a large number of visitors from West Cumbria or, West Cumberland, as it was then known.  Here, flanked on the one side by the waters of the Solway Firth and on the other by the Solway Plain, this uncrowded town with a population of around 3,000 has retained elements of genteel Victorian times whilst providing an assortment of modern amenities and fun activities.

A rich blend of affordable holiday accommodations, traditional and specialist shops, a mini-supermarket, pubs , cafés and restaurants plus 2 banks, a post office and a Tourist Information Centre offer the convenience of a broad range of goods and services.

During the summer months, Silloth is alive with the sights and sounds of events and festivals staged on the town's large central grassed area together with the annual August Bank Holiday showcase of Cumbria's biggest music festival held a little way outside the town.
Nevertheless, Silloth is an all year round holiday centre especially for the walking, climbing and cycling fraternity where the nearby fells, lakes, historic monuments, nature reserves, tracks, trails and quiet country roads of the Western Lake District and Cumbria are enduring attractions no matter the season.

Please refer to our Lake District Events Page for details and dates of Solfest, Silloth Greenfest, Silloth Food Festival, Vintage Rally, Silloth Kite Festival, Silloth Music & Beer Festival, Silloth Carnival, Watersports & Triathlon Festival, Silloth Christmas Market.

Nearest Towns
Maryport, Cockermouth, Carlisle

Nearest Villages:
Skinburness, Beckfoot, Abbey Town, Calvo and Seaville.

Nearest Lakes
Bassenthwaite, Derwent Water

Silloth Town Silloth Coast Church view

 

How to get there:

By rail:
From the West Coast Main Line, alight at Carlisle and travel the 22 miles by road, or transfer to Wigton or Maryport on the West Cumbrian coast line. From Wigton the journey is 11 miles by road.

By road:
Reach us from Carlisle on the A595/A596 to Wigton and then take the B5302; OR the B5301 from Aspatria.
If travelling from Penrith (M6, J41) take the B5305 to Wigton, and then proceed on the B5302 to Silloth.
Bus services from Silloth to Carlisle, Maryport, Wigton and Skinburness.

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Attractions in Silloth

The Town
Standing on the Solway Coast, Silloth combines with the sea and surrounding countryside attractions to offer the complete family holiday. There is easy access to the safe West Beach, picnic areas, swimming, tennis courts, putting green and amusement arcade. The dramatic sunsets, best viewed from the wide traffic free promenade, were of great inspiration to the artist J.M.Turner.

Solway Coast
This is unspoiled nature at its best and it more than deserves the status of an area of outstanding natural beauty. It provides shelter for wading birds, waterfowl, plovers, oyster catchers and is the countrys only wintering ground of the Spitzbergen Barnacle Geese. A broad variety of plants and flowers flourish on the shoreline and alongside the coastal paths. A shoreline stroll from Silloth to Skinburness is particularly rewarding.
www.lakedistrict-solwaycoast.co.uk

Solway Coast Discovery Centre
Open all year round 10am-4pm. Groups welcome by appointment, one day Educational parties, coach parties by arrangement. Disabled access and facilities. Come and be guided through 10,000 years of Solway History and how the Vikings, Romans and Monks developed this beautiful area.
Liddell Street, Silloth-on-Solway, Cumbria CA7 4DD
Phone: 016973 33055

Solway Shore Stories
A place where you will enjoy discovering more about the Solway Firth, the extraordinary stretch of water that both divides and unites the South-West corner of Scotland and the North-West corner of England.
www.solwayshorestories.co.uk

Soldiers in Silloth Toy Soldier Experience
This is a first-class exhibition/museum displaying toy soldiers and related items as a new visitor attraction.
It is based on a private collection of over 10,000 figures, vehicles, guns, castles etc built up by a local resident and run by a group of local volunteers on behalf of the community. Exhibits include a 60 square foot "diorama" (a table-top model) representing the Battle of Waterloo and a large-scale model of part of a Hadrian's Wall milecastle.
There are toy soldiers from around the world dressed in uniforms of almost every period of warfare up to World War II along with cowboys and indians, ancient Greeks, vikings and much more. There are forts and castles, cannons and catapults, chariots and tanks. Some of the toys are over a century old, made in Europe, America, Japan and (of course) Hong Kong. There are Victorian lead soldiers of the sort Winston Churchill used to play with and modern plastic ones like those in "Toy Story".
Antique and toy soldiers, books etc for sale.
OPEN Tuesday to Sunday from May to September and at weekends and holiday times the rest of the year.
Opening hours may vary according to volunteer availability.
For details or bookings call 016973 31246
www.soldiersinsilloth.co.uk

Bank Mill Nurseries
Bank Mill Nurseries and Visitor Centre is situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and adjacent to a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The beautiful Solway Coastline is just 200 metres away.
www.bankmillnurseries.co.uk

Sea Fishing
The sea around Silloth is a rich source of food for the many types of fish which includes flounder, dab, plaice and eel. Fishing is permitted anywhere from the promenade between Cote Light and Skinburness. Purely as a matter of interest, anglers may wish to browse www.regia.org/fishing which displays information of the Viking tradition of Haaf Netting; a method seldom used these days.

Mountain Biking
The trails tracks and routes around Silloth, the Solway Coast and the Lake District fells, have been elected as the U.K.’s best destination for this sport. There’s plenty of challenges for all levels of ability graded 1 – 5 including the demanding rides to the summits of the regions highest peaks.

Cycling
Level tracks and trails along the Solway coast and Solway Plain. Silloth stands on the 2nd leg of Hadrians Cycleway.
 Walking. Cumbria Coastal Way. The 150 miles (240 kms.) of footpaths along the Coastal Way includes Silloth.
Allerdale Ramble. A 54 mile ( 86 kms.) walk beginning at Seathwaite in Borrowdale passes through Silloth.
The Silloth Sea, Sand & Shingle Stroll. Three non demanding trails around Silloths coastline. Details  from the Tourist Information Centre.

South Solway Moss Nature Reserve
Home to Bowness common, Glasson Moss, Wedholme Flow and Drumburgh Moss. These are 4 of the best remaining peat bogs in Europe.

Golf
The Silloth-on-Solway Golf Clubs 18 hole 6,600 yard course is placed high on the list of best courses. Since 2002 it has been a qualifying course for The British Open and is additionally blessed with some of the finest views to be had. Open all year.

West Beach
An ideal spot for fishing and picnics. A safe playground for children.

Silloth Promenade
Great for traffic free strolls and views especially of the sunsets.

Silloth Library
Liddell Street, Silloth. Telephone 016973-32195.

Gin Case & Craft Barn
Mawbray Hayrigg near Silloth. Handmade Arts & Crafts, art gallery, farm park with rare and unusual animals and poultry. Free parking, disabled access and toilets.
www.gincase.co.uk

Mawbray Banks Nature Reserve
The home of many species of bird-life and the Natterjack Toad.

Annual Events
Silloth hosts some of the most popular festivals in the region. The much acclaimed Solfest probably comes at the top of the list and features a huge choice of entertainments. There is music from some of the countrys best known groups, yoga sessions, a wind powered workshop tent, African dance workshop, drumming workshops, stalls, and so much more. This Silloth extravaganza is held on the August Bank Holiday weekend and in the 2007 awards, was voted the most family friendly festival in the country. For dates and information of this and Carnival Day, Beer Festival, Vintage Rally, Kite Festival, Food Festival and others, please check our Silloth Events Page.

 

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Food and Drink in Silloth

Baguettes Set & Go Co
A wide selection of baguettes, rolls, pannis, wraps, jacket potatoes, salad boxes and, a hearty breakfast box until 11.30 am. Open 6 days a week 8.30am – 2pm. Closed Sundays.
17 Eden Street.
Tel: 016973 32000

Gincase Art & Craft Barn, Mawbray, Hayrigg, Silloth
Licensed Cumbrian Farmhouse Tea Room. Hot & cold lunches, afternoon teas. Childrens Farm Park, playground, indoor play barn and a walk thro' area of free flying parrots.
www.gincase.co.uk 
Tel: 016973 32020

Silloth Café
2 Station Road, Silloth. Café-Takeaway. Morning coffee, tea, sandwiches, a selection of home baked produce and generous portions of fish and chips. Pensioners Specials available.
Tel: 016973 31319

Longwood Garden Centre Tea Rooms
Wigton Road, Silloth. Baguettes, sandwiches, home-made scones, tea, coffee, soft drinks. Plenty of indoor seating. www.longwoodgardencentre.co.uk
Tel: 016973 32465

Cups & Saucers Farm Tea Rooms
Seaville Farm, near Silloth. Sandwiches, home-made soups, toasties, tea & coffee all made with milk from our own Jersey cows.
Tel: 016973 61256

Blue Dolphin Café
Wampool Street, Silloth. All day breakfast, kids menu, hot and cold snacks, eat in or take away.

Rays Shrimps
Factory outlet, 1, Station Road Industrial Estate, Silloth. Peeled Brown Shrimps, vacuum packed, Potted Shrimps in Butter or Garlic.
Tel: 016973 31215
www.raysshrimpsltd.co.uk

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Transportation in Silloth

Able Travel Cumbria
Brunswark Terrace, Solway Street, Silloth.
Telephone for prompt efficient services.
016973 31508

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