Ravenglass is the Lake District National Parks only coastal village. It was once a bustling port and of great significance in Roman times, it is now widely regarded as the most southerly point in the unique defensive system developed in the days of Emperor Hadrian, the most famous of which - Hadrian’s Wall - crosses from the east coast at Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway. Much of the original fort was destroyed but a short distance from the station you can find yourself standing next to the external bathhouse where its remaining exterior walls still stand defiant.
Today, it is a tranquil village with a coastal feel and an area of Site of Special Scientific Interest. Pearl mussels were formerly found here but now the rivers Irt, Mite and Esk merge into an almost landlocked harbour providing fragile habitats for wildlife.
Our licensed station café on Platform 1 is built on the site of the original three-foot gauge building. There is a spacious seating area downstairs overlooking the platform, covered exterior seating and a large vaulted seating area upstairs, with an exterior link to the children’s play area. The upstairs area can be reserved for children’s parties, celebrations or coach groups with seating for up to 50 persons.
Catch up on a spot of retail therapy with a wide selection of gifts, snacks and walking/cycling guides. Pick up a souvenir from your day out with us, including fridge magnets, mugs or pens.
The extended outdoor play area, sponsored by the Ravenglass Parish Council, has its own access from the upper floor of the Turntable Café.
There are many walking routes in the area to suit all abilities. View our walking page to see some of these and pick up a walking guide in our gift shops. Don't forget if you are planning to go for a walk wear suitable footwear, pack a map and take plenty of water with you.