Once a bustling industrial centre, Hartlepool has existed since the early medieval period, and has benefited from considerable regeneration and multi-million pound investment in recent years.
The ancient settlement, which was originally a humble fishing village, developed into one of Britain's principal shipbuilding centres by the 19th century, an industry that remained a major source of employment for many families until the mid 20th century.
Places of interest in Hartlepool:
The Hartlepool Maritime Experience
Comprising a specially recreated Georgian seaport exhibition, the Hartlepool Maritime Experience enables visitors to learn more about the town's profound maritime legacy, the formidable Napoleonic Wars, and the history of the oldest warship in the country, the HMS Trincomalee. Ideal for people of all ages, the attraction celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014, and includes a special children's play ship and a Children's Maritime Adventure Centre. The Hartlepool Maritime Experience also features the PS Wingfield Castle, a former ferry that launched in the 1930s and is now preserved as a museum ship.
Hartlepool Art Gallery
Opened to the public in 1996, Hartlepool Art Gallery is housed in a charismatic church dating back to the early Victorian era. The venue features fascinating artefacts relating to the town's industrial past, as well as photographic exhibitions and beautiful fine art.
If you're looking for comfortable, affordable Hartlepool hotels, consider booking a stay at the Hillcarter Hotel or the Premier Inn Hartlepool Marina. If you want spacious natural surroundings and an authentic country house experience, you can also try the Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel.
For some authentic fish and chips, head to The Almighty Cod restaurant, or choose Mary Lambert's Café and Takeaway for other excellent English-themed snacks and dishes. For vibrant Indian cuisine, dine at the Saffron Express, or try Matteo's for some delightful Italian food.
Other local sights:
Visit the enchanting cathedral of Durham, a city featuring one of the oldest universities in Europe. You can also consider taking a day trip to historic Middlesbrough, another town with an illustrious industrial past. See the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, celebrating the life of the distinguished explorer, and visit the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, one of the country's most popular contemporary art venues.
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