National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool



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Britain's maritime heritage is brought to life, with the sights and sounds of a 19th-century quayside. Learn about the birth of the Royal Navy, and discover HMS Trincomalee, the oldest warship afloat in the UK. This majestic ship was built in Bombay in 1817, and saw service in Haiti, Cuba, Newfoundland and Labrador. You can also visit the Quayside shops, the admiral's house, and the children's Maritime Adventure Centre. Other features include regular live demonstrations of musket and cannon firing.

National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool
Maritime Avenue,HARTLEPOOL,TS24 0XZ


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: All areas ramped or lift access, auto doors, parking, adult changing room in car park
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year daily summer 10-5, winter 11-4. Closed 24-26 Dec

About the area

Discover County Durham

County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.

The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2. 

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