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London is a fantastic place to live.
But it has its downsides, the main one being the property price.
So if it’s time to relocate or if you simply fancy a holiday, look no further than this Cumbria seaside town.
Maryport sits on the edge of the Lake District and was recently voted the best place to live in Allderdale.
There’s plenty to do in the pretty town and top of the list is the Lake District Coast Aquarium, which is hiding more than just fish.
You’ll see sharks, carps, octopi and even get to pet the rays if they’re feeling sociable.
The aquarium is also home to a 14-hole crazy golf course with a view of the harbour.
One TripAdvisor reviewer said they visited three times in one day and had “a grand day out”.
Another called it “a really interesting aquarium” and a third praised the “pleasant staff”.
For a more historic day, head to the Senhouse Roman Museum.
It was opened in 1570 by John Senhouse and houses Roman objects from Maryport to this day.
The museum was crowned Cumbria Tourism’s Visitor Attraction of the year in 2018.
There’s loads of Roman artefacts on display as well as a view from the watchtower.
Tickets are only £4 and one previous visitor said “The comprehensive display of artefacts and explanations of possible functions were fascinating. The view from the tower across the water was fabulous.”
Another said this is “a must” for anyone interested in history and that it’s “excellent value for money”.
When you get peckish, Maryport is home to a cafe that has no negative reviews.
Her Citi is a clothing shop, cosy living room, community meeting place and coffee shop all rolled into one.
They serve loads of daily home made cakes alongside coffee, tea, sandwiches, scones, pancakes and more.
Previous guests say the lemon meringue pie is “the best we’ve ever had” and rave about the “warm welcome”, calling it a “hidden gem”.
For a more substantial main meal, head to Captain Nelson Tavern.
They’ve got all manner of wood fired pizza and a weekend menu with lots of fresh seafood.
People say the pizza is “absolutely gorgeous” and that “the food and ambience are second to none”.
And if you’re looking to relocate to the north, you’ll be happy to know there are eight schools in the area and two are rated ‘outstanding by Ofsted and the rest are ‘good’.
But most appealing are the house prices.
The average price of a property in Maryport is £134,424 according to Zoopla.
That’s a huge £540,260 less than London’s average price.
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And a detached house in Maryport averages at over £1 million less than in London.
The most expensive house on Zoopla in Maryport right now is a five bed terraced house selling for £170,000.
How to get there
The fastest way to Maryport is by train.
There’s a three and a half hour train ride to Carlisle and a 40-minute train from there to Maryport.
If you’d rather make a road trip of it, it would take five and a half hours and you’d go through Birmingham, Warrington, and the entirety of the Lake District national park for some stunning scenery.
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