This is a superb exhibit. We visited in November on a cold and sunny day with hardly anybody around. It was perfect to see all the aspects of the ship and shops without tripping over people. The very best part was being able to play pirates and pretend that you were in the Navy. The organisers carried it on a lot further and had costumes, dresses and pirates gear for the schoolchildren who clearly come to see this wonderful ship and learn all about her history.
The Museum itself is free and has lots of interesting and interactive things to play with. Engines with cut away parts so you can see how it works, puzzles, games and stories which make the hsitory come alive.
The shops are simply brilliant. Good exhibits inside with recordings of voices and noise which you might have heard had you gone shopping there way back when. Very often museums only allow you to look from behind a rope or glass case, here you can enter the shops freely and see all the old things quite close. I like the mannequins they have, waxwork people dressed in costume arranged in social or purchasing situations so that you can really get a feel for life in those days. The shops *sell* everything a sailor would need, clothes and equipment and also stores and provisions for the ship itself. The barrows selling *fruit veg and cheese* on the quayside are realistic.
They also have large function rooms for weddings and conferences in the main building overlooking the ship itself. A special place for your reception.
One of the many things to do in Hartlepool is to walk along "The Headland Story Trail".This is a pleasant walk that takes you along by the seaside and shows with different information stops the local history surrounding this once so important Harbour and Sea port..Also it is just so nice to have the fresh sea air in your nostrils with the sounds of the seagulls and the water on the beach. To see the 14th century old limestone seawall that once surrounded the city and its inhabitants...See also St.Hildas Parish church dating back to Norman times and known locally as "The Jewel of Hartlepool".
Unfortunately our trip was short and for a family party but I did enjoy the walk along Seaton Carew. Well worth the effort. I live inland and never see the sea. People said it would do me good and it did. The view across the bay is great.
Soory I didn't get round Hartlepool much but will update on our next (longer) visit.
Definitely the main attraction at the Historic Quay. You have to pay entry for the Historic Quay then pay again for the Trincomalee (because she's owned by a separate Trust), but if you're going to the Quay, it's well worth the extra.
The HMS Trincomalee was built for the Royal Navy in 1817, but just missed the Napoleonic Wars. It spent several years in storage, before being sent on 2 long voyages, then back into storage. It was saved from scrap by a man who trained sea-men. With his own ship destroyed, he purchased the Trincomalee. Eventually, it ended up being restored and looked after by a Trust who now keep it in the Historic Quay at Hartlepool.
When you get on board, you are given these handsets which you type in a number at certain locations as you walk around to get a commentary. There isn't a lot of headroom and you can wear a hard-hat if you wish, so look out if you're taller than about 5 foot! The tour is excellent, and because the ship is afloat, if it's windy (like today) you still feel a bit of movement as she rolls!
The historic quay is a replica of a quay from the Napoleonic era. There is a tour which runs on the hour lasting about 20 minutes through an exhibition giving an idea to life on board a ship of the time and various little places you can go into including a gunsmith's and naval architects office.
On the same site, there is also a free museum of Hartlepool and the HMS Trincomalee (see separate entries).
The Marina has been developed over the past few years and is now home to many restaurants, shops, cafes and bars.
The selection of restaurants is immense and you can choose from:
Thai (Thai Harbour)
Middle Eastern (Krimos)
Chinese (The Lotus Garden)
Also there are retail outlets such as TK Maxx, Next, Boots, Currys and Matalan.
The centrepiece of The Historic Quay is HMS Trincomalee. A frigate of the British Navy she was restired by apprentices at Hartlepool and is now permenently docked in the Historic Quay.
Entry to the Trincomalee is seperate to the Historic Quay, and you can visit it alone or with the Historic Quay. Ask at reception.
Hartlepool Historic Quay is a replica of a working naval quay from the times of the Napoleonic Wars. It contains exhibits pertaining to the era and to the workings of the port, and this is done largely through having recreations of the various buildings that you would find there, such as the chandlers.
In Hartlepool we have mile upon mile of good clean beaches.
This on is in the north part of the town just befor Crimdon Dean.
The photo shows me, and Mable is in mid flight, it always makes me laugh.