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Visit National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

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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.

Climb aboard the spectacular HMS Trincomalee, the oldest floating British warship and the last of Admiral Lord Nelson’s Frigates.

Travel back in time to the 18th century and see what life on a seaport was really like as you visit the Chandler’s shop, hear the firing of our cannon and musket and experience our fighting ships exhibit.

*Please be aware that from 2:30pm June 25 HMS Trincomalee will be closed for the remainder of that day.

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Open daily 10am – 5pm, from April to October
NMRN Hartlepool, Jackson Dock, Maritime Ave, Hartlepool TS24 0XZ
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Experience life on an 18th century seaport

Travel back in time and take to the 18th century seaport and its beautiful waterside setting. See how tradesmen earned a wage, how people spent their leisure time and climb aboard HMS Trincomalee, Europe's oldest floating warship.

All of this and more at The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool.

What to see

HMS Trincomalee Exhibition

Located on the historic quayside, the HMS Trincomalee Exhibition is home to many of the objects that were used aboard HMS Trincomalee as well as the famous figurehead which was mounted on the ship for 150 years!

HMS Trincomalee

Climb aboard Britain’s oldest warship still afloat, HMS Trincomalee.

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Georgian Quayside

Take in the historic quayside setting at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool. 

Fighting Ships

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

Plan a visit

At The National Museum of the Royal Navy we have a large car park that is free for visitors to use.

If you are travelling By Car

From the north

Take A19 southbound and exit at the A179. Follow the brown signs to the NMRN.

When you reach the roundabout at the top of Maritime Avenue with a large buoy in the middle.

Head for the masts of HMS Trincomalee. Take the second left then the next left again which will bring you to our car park.

From the south

Take A1M northbound and exit at junction 49 (A168/A19) signposted Teesside. Exit A19 at the A689 and follow the brown signs to the NMRN. Keeping going straight on at each set of lights and each roundabout. When you come to the lights at the junction between Victoria Road and Stockton Street, Wilkinsons is on your left, go straight ahead, past Asda and Boots and with Dunelm on your left, take the 4th exit at the roundabout. Head for the masts of HMS Trincomalee. 

Take the second left then the next left again which will bring you to our car park.

Public Transport 

We are only a seven minute walk away from Hartlepool train station and the Hartlepool transport interchange. For more information about trains & buses click here for the Connect Tees Valley website.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool takes access to our on-site attractions seriously. When exploring the historic quayside, wheelchairs and pushchairs can access all external areas of the quayside.

There are several toilets on site including disabled facilities and baby changing facilities. We also offer free parking on site including disabled parking. Due to technical issues we currently have no lift access onboard HMS Trincomalee. If you do require lift access and would like more information about how this will impact your visit drop us a call on 01429 860077 to speak to a member of the team.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool offers the ultimate day out for all the family.

There are several toilets on site including disabled facilities and baby changing facilities.

We also offer free parking on site including disabled parking. We have a Georgian-themed coffee shop with a variety of hot and cold drinks as well as light bites.

Also children of all ages can enjoy our adventure themed play ship, which is the perfect place to burn off any excess energy.

Finally you can end your visit in our gift shop were you can choose the perfect souvenir to remember your day.

Relax and unwind in our Georgian-themed coffee shop nestled within the historic quayside with views of the ship where you can grab a cold or hot drink.

We have a range of light bites including sandwiches, soups, jacket potatoes, pastries, and cakes. You can also grab something for the younger sailors with our under the sea lunch boxes.

Our locations continue to implement additional hygiene and safety measures including enhanced cleaning, sanitisation stations, one-way systems and social distancing markers.

The following safety measures will be implemented when visiting the Historic Dockyard attractions;

  • We strongly encourage face masks to be worn by all visitors aged 11 years or older, unless medically exempt, while visiting the Dockyard and its attractions
  • Visitors are encouraged to pre-booked online, however, walk-up visitors will be accommodated
  • We also strongly encourage visitors to continue to follow social distancing practices

Due to the potential impact of COVID sickness within our teams; NMRN may be required to adjust opening hours or close sites at short notice. Whilst all efforts will be made to avoid this and to contact ticket holders ahead of visits we do ask you to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for details of closures. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

If you would like to get in touch or have a specific enquiry please email: enquiries@historicdockyard.co.uk.

Find out more information on our dedicated school visits page.

Groups of 15 or more are welcome at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Contact us to book your group visit today. Call at 023 9283 9766 (opt. 3) or Email groups@nmrn.org.uk

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School visits

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