Explore Hartlepool’s exciting maritime history

Hartlepool, North Yorkshire

Seafaring types, don’t miss Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, where you can explore the world’s oldest floating warship and much more.

Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience is a superb recreation of an 18th century seaport that brings to life the times of the famous Admiral Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar. Plus, it’s home to the world’s oldest floating warship (until 2017), HMS Trincomalee; this incredible frigate was built in Bombay, India, in 1817 and served in the West Indies and the Pacific. She was brought to Hartlepool in 1987 and treated to 10 years of careful restoration.

Travel back in the ‘mari-time machine’ to experience what life was like aboard a real British naval warship two centuries ago. Explore the historic quayside, featuring realistic period shops and houses. The guides at the Maritime Experience add to the atmosphere, wearing authentic period dress. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve actually entered a time machine!

Hartlepool, near Durham in northeast England, is 3 hours from London by train. 

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HMS Trincomalee at Hartlepool's Maritime ExperienceHMS Trincomalee at Hartlepool's Maritime Experience © Hartlepool Borough Council
Re-enactment at Hartlepool's Maritime ExperienceRe-enactment at Hartlepool's Maritime Experience © Hartlepool Borough Council

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