The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool

HMS Trincomalee - The oldest warship still afloat in Europe



We’ve weathered the storm and we’re back on an even keel, ready to welcome you back in time! We are pleased to announce that the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool will be reopening on Friday 4 September.

When you decide to visit us, your safety and enjoyment will be our number one priority, which is why we will be asking all visitors including 12 month ticket holders and members to book online. Tickets are available to pre-book here.

Any visitors who already hold a 12 month ticket will receive an extension. For more information on ticket extension please click here. 

We are pleased to say we will be opening the majority of the attraction. Exceptions to this are detailed in the safety pack along with our other safety meaures. Download the safety pack here and our risk assessment document


The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool is the perfect place for a family adventure as you journey to an authentic 18th century seaport and the spectacular HMS Trincomalee.

Take in the historic quayside setting

Travel back in time and take in the 18th century seaport and its beautiful waterside setting. See how tradesmen like tailors, printers and instrument makers earned a wage and how people spent their leisure time playing traditional games.

Let your little ones loose onboard our brand new the adventure play ship. 

Conservation Projects

Your ticket actively supports HMS Trincomalee's conservation, you're saving a piece of history! 

Read more about how your ticket also supports other projects like RML 497.

Feel the reality of war inside Fighting Ships

See the secrets of war unfold before you in a moving and stirring story of HMS Prosperity. Move through the exhibition as each part of the ship is brought to life as the stories of those who served onboard are revealed.

Narrated by a young member of the ship’s crew, the dramatic reconstruction of what happened is unleashed for all to see, hear and feel. Learn about the bloody reality of war and how the men prepared to battle the French.


We are temporarily not accepting walk up ticket purchases, so make sure you buy your ticket and book your time slot in advance. This also applies to the Museum of Hartlepool although this remains free to visit.  

Visit The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool and experience a masterfully recreated quayside alongside HMS Trincomalee. 

By purchasing your ticket to visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, you will automatically also be able to gain entry into the Museum of Hartlepool - you will not have to reserve additional time slots to visit both. 

Please Note -The PSS Wingfield Castle is currently closed to visitors, sorry for any inconvenience caused. 


Visiting the Musuem of Hartlepool

You can still visit the Musuem of Hartlepool for free, however you will need to book your visit through our online page in order to comply with opur COVID capacioty health and safety rules, as well as to capture details for the governments Track and Trace initive.

Please note - this does NOT gain entry into the main museum. Please see above for tickets to the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool.

You can book your tickets to visit the Museum of Hartlepool.






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