It is thought that the Cistercian monks of Holm Cultram Abbey gave Silloth its name; they stored their grain in barns here, known as ‘lathes’ - ‘sea-lathes’ as it was by the coast. It was later developed into the seaside town it is today with the introduction of the railway and a new port and dock. The coastal location and clean sea air made it a popular destination in the Victorian period, and it retains some of that charm today with a sea front promenade, cobbled streets, and elegant buildings. It’s location within the Solway Coast AONB, fantastic sunsets over the Solway and great Cumbrian produce (including locally potted Solway shrimps) add to its appeal.
The Solway Coast Discovery Centre in the town offers a fascinating introduction to the area’s wildlife, heritage, and landscapes, and there are some great walks and cycling routes. Several long distance routes pass through Silloth including the Hadrian’s Cycleway (NCN 72, 174 miles), the Cumbria Coastal Way (150 miles) and the Allerdale Ramble (54 miles).
An events programme that includes a vintage rally, kite festival, carnival, beer festival and the family friendly ‘Solfest’ music festival offers entertainment for all the family.