We are open Monday to Saturday 10am until 4.30pm all year round. Last admission to the exhibition 3.30pm.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Also Closed the 3rd week in January for annual maintenance.

Please note, the above opening hours can vary at certain times, if you are travelling a distance please contact us on 01946 592933 to check times and avoid any disappointment.

We offer lift access to all floors and help is available on request.

Dogs are not allowed in the Exhibition, the exception being Guide Dogs. Dogs are welcome in the courtyard where water and a treat are provided.

Guided tours for groups by arrangement, please call the office on 01946 592933 for details

Getting here

By Car
Access to the Rum Story is from the A595 (Follow the town centre signs). Car parking is available around the town. There is a multi-storey car park, which is only open to the public at weekends but does offer the first hour of parking free of charge.

By Rail
Whitehaven is on the Barrow to Carlisle rail line. Visit Network Rail at for timetable information.

By Coach/Bus
National Express run coaches to Cumbria from throughout the UK. Visit for more information. If you are already in Cumbria please consider travelling to Whitehaven by local bus. Information on local routes and time can be found on the Stagecoach Cumbria website