Looking for free activities? There’s plenty of fascinating landmarks and natural beauty spots to keep the whole family entertained – without having to spend a single penny!

Hartlepool is blessed with tremendous natural assets free for all to explore.

Hartlepool Headland located at the northern end of town is an historical gem with so much of its physical landscape reflecting the town’s rich history. Well worth a visit is the surviving section of the town wall, remnant of the town’s maritime history and the Headland War Memorial where you will find the large bronze winged statue ‘Winged Victory’. Spion Kop Cemetry is a particular rarity – the site features plenty of unusual plants and is a great photography spot.

A prominent feature of the Headland is the beautiful 12th century St Hilda’s Church; visitors are welcome to take free tours of the historic church, which still features many of its original Norman features. Hart Saxon Church in Hart Village just on the outskirts of Hartlepool is yet another architecturally stunning spiritual venue offering visitors an inside grand tour.

The seaside resort of Seaton Carew is another location filled with free fun. There’s plenty to explore as you venture along the resort’s stunning golden beach and beyond towards rich environment of Seaton Common and Sand Dunes. For a quieter, off the beaten track experience, Crimdon Dene Beach and its surrounding Hart Warren Dunes is a great exploration spot. A rather hidden gem of Hartlepool, be sure to look out for the magnificent structure that is Steetly Pier – it’s became a rather bit hit with local photographers!

Journey down to Hartlepool Marina and take in the gorgeous marina views! You could even stop for a visit to the Museum of Hartlepool. This completely free museum showcases Hartlepool through the ages in a series of interesting artefacts and exhibitions. 

Summerhill Country Park and Ward Jackson Park are great spots for free family fun. Whether you fancy a cute picnic in the outdoors, a peaceful walk through nature or you fancy joining in on some fun adventure activities, there’s a fun-packed for all families.

Villages on the outskirts of Hartlepool including Dalton Piercy and Greatham are fantastic settings for a scenic and rural stroll.

Click here to browse our selection of stunning walks and rides to enjoy as you explore these gorgeous Hartlepool landscapes.