We pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere and unique combinations of shops. You won't be disappointed with what we have to offer at Cumbria's favourite shopping centre! Dunmail Park benefits from over 500 car parking spaces which are free to use by customers.
At Dunmail Park Shopping Centre we are proud of our history, prior to work commencing on Dunmail Park in 1986, the site had been used as a mining site, iron works, colliery, steel works and a textile mill and at one point was providing employment for for over 5,000 people. See below for a brief description of the sites history.
Until the late nineteenth century the area surrounding Siddick Ponds was completely undeveloped, it only started to be exploited during the latter part of the industrial revolution when minerals were located. Activity continued to grow on the site and during the 1860s the West Cumberland Hematite Ironworks was founded and built. In under 40 years the Ironworks was joined by the North Western Hematite Steel works, the Cleator and Workington Junction Railway, to the North of the site and the St Helens Colliery.
In the 1900s the area surrounding Siddick Ponds, which had once been empty, was now providing jobs for over 5,000 people and the sites, including Workington Port, continued to grow up to and during the First World War. The site became even busier in the early 1930s when it and the surrounding area was purchased by English Industrial Estates who in 1937 built a 150,000 sq ft textile mill on the site now occupied by Dunmail Park. The mill, colliery and steel works continued to produce goods until the works closed along with the railway sidings used by the works.
The textile mill had become Courtalds but by the mid 1970s Courtalds had closed and the site became unused. In the early 1980s the Dunmail Park site became part of an Enterprise zone and was purchased by J Dixon & Son Ltd. With a vision to create the regions first indoor and out of town shopping centre works began in 1986 to transform the site and in 1988 Dunmail Park Shopping Centre opened to great acclaim. The vision did not end at the opening of the centre and within six years a petrol station, six additional retail units and unit B which was originally Edgar's car show room had opened.
The new millennium brought further additions to Dunmail Park with the opening of an independent six screen multiplex cinema, four new units, restaurant and a new car show room for the site. Asda arrived at the centre in October 2010, followed by Subway and more recently Costa.