The Rum Story


Visitor Attraction
Unfortunately, due to COVID we have made the decision to close the Rum Story exhibition for another week.
The exhibition will now re-open on Thursday 13th January 2022.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you so much for your continued support. keep safe and well and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Imagine... being taken back in time to an exotic rainforest in the Caribbean... and that is just the start of your Great Adventure in The Rum Story.

On the Journey you will discover the origins of Whitehaven's dark slave trade - from African villages to the sugar plantations on the island of Antigua.

You will hear takes of Blackbeard and piracy on the high seas, smugglers, and Nelsons Navy... See Elliot Ness's office in the gangster days of the Jazz Age... and discover the story of Whitehaven's maritime fortunes and the Jefferson's family's trading past.

Situated in the original cellars and warehouses of 1785, The Rum Story has carefully recreated each set to capture the essence of the time and place, from the misery of the crowded slave ships and plantation life, to the decadence of the punch houses.... and , if you dare, walk to the end of the cellar - is it really haunted?

Many of The Rum Story's Settings are so authentic that they are used for TV dramas and period films - including a scene from 'Miss Potter'.
Exciting news alert! We've got a beautiful new online shop, just in time for Christmas for a delicious selection of fine Cumbrian produce and artisan spirits click HERE to start your mouth watering adventure....