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  • 1. History of Hartlepool

    Hartlepool's history is very much centred around the sea, and the opportunities that this provides for fishing, shipbuilding and exporting. Nearly 2,000 ships were built in Hartlepool between 1836 and 1961. The town quadrupled in size during the Railway Age, due to the exporting of coal, and a twin town of West Hartlepool was created. The two towns were merged into one in 1967.

  • 2. Now in Hartlepool

    The Hartlepool Marina area of the town was neglected for many years but is now a thriving area containing 500 permanent berths as well as space for visiting sailors. It offers visitors a selection of water activities, bistros, bars, cafes, restaurants and entertainment. A promenade connects the marina with the Seaton Carew area of Hartlepool, and its miles of golden sands.

  • 3. Events in Hartlepool

    The Hartlepool Maritime Festival takes place over two days in July and is a major event on the town's calendar, attracting thousands of visitors to the area. Attractions include music, street theatre, watersports and much more. Hartlepool Headland Carnival includes two weeks of fun and activities in August followed by a colourful carnival parade. The Georgian Festival takes pla...Read morece over four days in June at the Hartlepool Maritime Experience. The event includes costumes, workshops, performances and more. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Hartlepool

    Hartlepool's Maritime Experience is a reproduction of an 18th century seaport and gives visitors a chance to see what life was like at the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the battle of Trafalgar. Britain's oldest warship, the HMS Trincomalee, is also part of the museum's exhibits. The Heugh Gun Battery Museum is a restored 19th century coastal defence battery including visitors' c...Read moreentre, underground magazines, coastal artillery and observation tower. The Hartlepool Art Gallery is free to visit and has exhibitions of contemporary and fine art, photography and crafts. Visitors can also climb the 100ft tower for views over the town. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Hartlepool

    A walk around Hartlepool Marina gives visitors a chance to see over 1,000 years of history as well as a selection of vessels. The area is home to many attractions and also offers restaurants, cafes and retail outlets. The Summerhill Local Nature Reserve and Outdoor Activity Centre is 100 acres of land dedicated to conservation and outdoor sports. Visitors can enjoy rock climbi...Read moreng, cycling, walking and orienteering. The site also has a BMX cycling course, a high level ropes course and facilities for archery. Read less

  • 6. Business in Hartlepool

    Middleton Grange is a huge shopping centre in the heart of the town and has 140 retail outlets under one roof, including many high street names. The centre also includes a traditional market hall and parking facilities. Hartlepool Marina is home to smaller retail parks and also offers many favourite high street names. Hartlepool's outdoor market takes place every Thursday in th...Read moree town centre and there is a farmers' market on the second Saturday of every month. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Hartlepool

    The nearest airports to Hartlepool are Newcastle International Airport and Durham Tees Valley International Airport. Hartlepool is well connected by rail, including regular services to Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Sunderland and London as well as local routes. By road, the A19 links to the north and south and the A689 is the main road to the west.

  • 8. Entertainment in Hartlepool

    The Town Hall Theatre is the main live entertainment venue in the town and offers a packed programme including music, comedy and dance. The monthly Hot Potato Comedy Club is held at this venue. Live events and shows often take place in Hartlepool Borough Hall, which is the largest public building in the town.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Hartlepool

    St Hilda's Church is a Grade I listed building in the Headland area of Hartlepool. A visitors' centre at the church tells the story of the building and surrounding area.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Hartlepool

    Hartlepool's residents are said to have hanged a monkey during the Napoleonic wars because they thought it was a French spy. A French ship was wrecked off the coast and the only survivor was a pet monkey who had been dressed in a military uniform. The story claims the fishermen questioned the monkey and, having never seen a Frenchman, concluded that he was a French spy and sent...Read moreenced him to death. A statue at the Marina commemorates the poor monkey. Read less


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