These must-visit attractions are a great start for anyone looking to explore Hartlepool for the first time.

Get familiar with Hartlepool’s rich and fascinating past at The Museum of Hartlepool. Walk through 5000 years of history as the story of Hartlepool is brought to life through a series exhibits and collections – did we mention it’s free too!

Take a deeper dive into the town’s maritime heritage at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool. The museum features the magnificent HMS Trincomalee, the oldest warship afloat in Europe today, and transports you back in time to an 18th century seaport offering an immersive and interactive experience as you uncover the reality of life on-board. Explore Hartlepool’s military history at Heugh Battery Museum where you will learn the significant story of the Bombardment of the Hartlepool’s in 1914.

Put yourself at the heart of Hartlepool’s vibrant cultural scene with a visit to Hartlepool Art Gallery. Be inspired and blown away by the sheer creativity and ambition of local talent that is displayed.

St Hilda’s Church on the historic headland is a must-see. This spectacular structure stands in close proximity to the sea and many of its features can be dated back to the Norman-era.

Your trip would not be complete without a visit to the glorious golden beach at Seaton Carew. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the promenade, grab some fish and chips or an ice cream and bask in the peaceful seaside atmosphere. Why not make a stop at RSPB Saltholme to take in the panoramic views of the nature reserve.  

As the evening descends, enjoy a bite to eat at Hartlepool’s picturesque Marina – you’ll find yourself truly spoilt for choice.