|Cockermouth at night: Picture by Judpics|
Of course, you can't mention Cockermouth without mentioning Wordsworth. The great poet was born at Wordsworth House which is open to the public. The building was damaged in the recent floods but has now been lovingly restored. You'll find it at the western end of the High Street. It is open from 10am to 5pm each day and is owned by the National Trust.
Finally, watch out for a host of stars appearing at the Cockermouth Midsummer Festival from June 17 to June 26. The annual Cockermouth Carnival on June 18 form parts of the festival.
TOURIST TIP: There's plenty of parking in Cockermouth but if you're staying less than an hour consider parking in the main high street. You'll need to display a parking disc and you'll get one of these (free) from any shop in the town. Set the time and leave it on your dashboard - just make sure you're back within an hour or you will get a ticket!