Travelling around Hartlepool
Hartlepool is situated on the North Sea coast in the heart of County Durham. Lying between two major northern hubs, Newcastle and Middlesbrough, there’s much to admire in this charming harbour town.
Among Hartlepool’s many attractions are St Hilda’s Church – a Grade 1 listed building dating back to the 12th century – a historic quayside with its very own Napoleonic warship, and the magnificent Heugh Lighthouse, keeping a silent watch over the bay.
Hartlepool has excellent road and rail links. Arriva buses operate in the area, providing routes to nearby towns and villages, such as Sherburn and Coxhoe, as well as regular services to Sunderland and Durham.
Relive Britain’s rich maritime history at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, with costumed guides, a period warship and a bold recreation of an 18th-century seaport. Or, for a little local culture, why not visit Hartlepool Art Gallery, housed inside a beautifully restored Victorian church. The gallery boasts a permanent fine art collection, as well as regular exhibits by local artists.
For a fun day out with the kids, there’s the Tweddle Children's Animal Farm, or for a more exhilarating experience, pop down to the marina for water-skiing, paddle-boarding and windsurfing. After you’ve worked up an appetite, why not grab a bite aboard the PSS Wingfield Castle – a former ferryboat turned café, moored at Hartlepool’s historic quayside.
In the evening, choose from an array of coffee bars and local alehouses, or head down to the marina for a five-star dining experience and a moonlit stroll along the promenade.