For visitors with a taste for History and Heritage a trip to the historic Headland is a must.
Hartlepool Headland is found at the North of the town and now features a number of attractions and nteresting features to keep visitors entertained whether you are here for an hour or a half-day.
Landmark buildings are many, at the centre is the unmissable St Hilda's Church. The Church opened in the late 12th century and stands on the site of the original 7th century monastery. The church has a fantastic visitor centre which retells the story of the building and the story of the development of the Headland itself.
During the first World War the Headland suffered heavy bombardment by a trio of German battle cruisers - the Heugh Gun Battery defended the town that day and today visitors can learn all about the people involved and their stories by stepping back in time at the Heugh Gun Battery Museum.
A recent development is the new Town Square, this feature opposite the Borough Hall and Buildings is a peaceful space and garden which comes to life when used as a backdrop for events such as the annual Headland Heritage Festival.
If you have the time - up to 2hrs - the the very best way to explore and understand the Headland is by finding and following the Headland Story Trail. The trail is marked by 18 different information boards that encompass the Headland each one telling a story of the areas heritage and history from tales of shipwreck to the monkey legend. The trail can be picked up from any point and followed either clockwise or anti-clockwise as it's a true circular route.
Keep your eyes open for new pieces of Public Art around the Headland - you could come across sculptures such as The Big Catch, Force Ten and even have your photo taken with Andy Capp.
Who: Families and people interested in history. The Story Trail route is accessible for visitors with pushchairs and wheelchair users.
How long: Allow at least 2hrs to get a good flavour of what's on offer.
When: St Hilda's Church visitor centre has limted opening times as does the Heugh Gun Battery though the Story Trail is accessible all year round.
Refreshments: Around the Headland several pubs offer lunches and are family friendly. There are also a selection of fish and chip shops which prove very popular.
Toilets: Public toilets are available at the Town Square and Heugh Gun Battery