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National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

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Address: Hartlepool Marina Maritime Avenue | Jackson Dock, Hartlepool TS24 0XZ, England (Formerly Hartlepool's Maritime Experience)
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+44 1429 860077
11:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The northern home of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. A fascinating...

The northern home of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. A fascinating journey through time, set in an authentically-created historic quayside of the 1800s. Experience Fighting Ships, a powerful insight into the tough lives of sailors from around the time of Admiral Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. Learn how they were press ganged and see what life was like on board HMS Trincomalee, the oldest warship still afloat in the UK and the jewel in the historic quayside of Hartlepool.

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Interesting, good for little learners.

My toddler loved the ship and exploring it. Interesting to walk around and learn. The cafe is nice too.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sophie K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My toddler loved the ship and exploring it. Interesting to walk around and learn. The cafe is nice too.

Thank Sophie K
Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wasn't expecting the National Museum of the Royal Navy to be as immense as it was and neither was I expecting the amount of attractions that were on offer. Within the site is the Historic Quay which is an incredible interpretation of a quayside of 1800's with the sights and sounds from that era, and there is a fighting... More 

Thank paullegate
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Purchased a family ticket and we can visit up to 5 times a year, very good value. We visited with my two boys (6&4) who had a brilliant day. The staff are very friendly and helpful. (Gift shop staff and guide Lee) Very interesting for adults and children, lots to see and do. We got there for about 11.30 and... More 

Thank Marie M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went for ten but it opens at 11 in winter season, no matter there was a handy shopping centre over the road in which we used to kill an hour! There is lots of different parts to this museum. We played in the climbing frame ship which was well built and good fun with lots of levels We explored... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Brilliant day! Informative, entertaining, quality attraction. Something for all the family with historic HMS Trincomalee being the centrepiece. Working on the basis that every day's a school day, I learnt many interesting facts from Stuart, one of the 4 maintenance staff working on the ship's upkeep. Who knew that British sailors on Indian built ships like Trincomalee, dreaded battle damage... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

I have been visiting Hartlepool on and off for years- and the offer of NMRN Hartlepool is excellent- the museums is engaging - Trincomalee is just amazing- the quayside has something for everyone for all ages- and the gift shop is outstanding- as importantly the staff are so helpful and informative- and the education activities are first class

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

A very warm and friendly welcome from the costumed staff. A very interesting walk through naval and Hartlepool history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Great day out with family. Friendly staff eager to help. Lots to see here. Great waxwork tour of life on board a ship in Georgian times. A great restored ship to explore and a chance to watch a musket, cannon and pistol all being fired with real gunpowder while the staff explain press gangs and life on a warship. Your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This museum gives an excellent history of Hartlepool through the ages. There is plenty of interaction for children. I often take my visitors here and it is always enjoyed by adults and children alike.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Lots to see, friendly and informative staff. Was absolutely freezing on day we were there but mostly undercover attractions, we took about 4 hours to enjoy the exhibits and 3 masted warship.....Great fun day out.

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Wendy R, Duty Manager at National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and the cold weather didn't spoil your day. More 

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