The pretty Lake District has been named one of the best places to live where houses are almost £ 600,000 cheaper than in London

London is a great place to live.

But it has its drawbacks, the main one being the price of real estate.

So if it’s time to move or if you just fancy a vacation, look no further than this seaside town in Cumbria.

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Maryport sits at the edge of the Lake District and was recently elected the best place to live in Allderdale.

There is plenty to do in the pretty town and at the top of the list is the Lake District Coast Aquarium, which hides more than fish.

You will see sharks, carp, octopus and can even pet the stingrays if they are feeling sociable.

You could stroke a stingray at the aquarium

The aquarium also houses a 14-hole mini-golf course with a view of the harbor.

A TripAdvisor member said they came three times in one day and had a “great day”.

Another called it a “really interesting aquarium” and a third praised the “pleasant staff”.

For a more historic day, head to the Senhouse Roman Museum.

The museum houses many Roman artefacts

It was opened in 1570 by John Senhouse and houses Roman artefacts from Maryport to this day.

The museum was crowned Tourist Attraction of the Year by Cumbria Tourism in 2018.

Many Roman artifacts are on display as well as a view from the watchtower.

Tickets cost just £ 4 and a previous visitor said: “The full presentation of the artifacts and the explanations of the possible functions were fascinating. The view from the tower over the water was fabulous.”

There are breathtaking views of the water from Maryport

Another said it was “a must see” for anyone interested in history and that it was “excellent value for money”.

When you’re feeling hungry, Maryport is home to a cafe that doesn’t have negative reviews.

its Citi is a clothing store, cozy living room, community hangout, and cafe all in one.

They serve many homemade cakes daily, as well as coffee, tea, sandwiches, scones, pancakes and more.

Previous customers say the lemon meringue pie is “the best we have ever had” and rave about the “warm welcome”, calling it a “hidden gem”.

For a more substantial main course, go to Captain Nelson’s Tavern.

They have all kinds of wood fired pizzas and a weekend menu with lots of fresh seafood.

People say the pizza is “absolutely gorgeous” and “the food and ambiance is second to none”.

And if you are looking to relocate to the north, you will be happy to know that there are eight schools in the area and two are rated “excellent by Ofsted” and the rest are “good”.

But the most attractive are the house prices.

Real estate prices are low here

The average price of a property in Maryport is £ 134,424 according to Zoopla.

That’s a whopping £ 540,260 less than the average London price.

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And a detached house in Maryport costs on average over £ 1million less than in London.

Zoopla’s most expensive house in Maryport right now is a five-bedroom terraced house that sells for £ 170,000.

How to get there

Train is the fastest way to get to Maryport.

It’s a three and a half hour train ride to Carlisle and a 40 minute train from there to Maryport.

If you’d rather take a road trip, it would take five and a half hours and you would drive through Birmingham, Warrington and the entirety of the Lake District National Park to take in stunning scenery.

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Daniel E. Murphy