Local area guide

Living in Hartlepool

Discover life on the edge of the North Sea: Hartlepool offers an inviting blend of serene coastal living, rich maritime heritage, a tight-knit community and lower living costs.

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Why Hartlepool is a good place to live

Nestled along the North Sea coast, Hartlepool offers a distinctive blend of community warmth and affordability, making it a great place to live for a tranquil yet connected way of life.

The town's maritime heritage is evident in its attractions, like the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the immersive Hartlepool Maritime Experience. This cultural thread makes Hartlepool a magnet for those with an appreciation of maritime history.

A big draw of Hartlepool is the lower cost of living, particularly in house prices, while the nearby cities of Durham and Teesside offer educational and employment opportunities. Hartlepool's ongoing regeneration efforts have bolstered infrastructure and amenities,

Hartlepool may not offer the bustling pace of bigger cities, but its scenic coastal setting and accessible transport links make it a haven for those who relish a slower, more community-focused lifestyle.

What is Hartlepool famous for?

Hartlepool is famous for the legendary "Monkey Hanging" story. During the Napoleonic Wars, townspeople allegedly hanged a monkey, thinking it was a French spy washed ashore. The tale is still a source of amusement and commemorated in local culture.

Things to do in Hartlepool

Explore Hartlepool's rich seafaring heritage in the Headland area with a visit to HMS Trincomalee, and experience life in an 18th-century seaport at the Hartlepool Maritime Experience. The Heugh Battery Museum, a World War I coastal artillery battery and museum, is also well worth a visit.

Take a stroll on the sandy shores of Seaton Carew Beach, known for its scenic beauty and seaside charm, and head to Hartlepool Art Gallery to marvel at local talent.

The marina is the place to be in the evening - with historic buildings and excellent restaurants, it's a gorgeous spot to enjoy a drink or the Catch of the Day.

Average asking prices in Hartlepool today

We update our average asking prices daily using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£65,000

282 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£265,000

168 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£159,600

126 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£85,000

41 properties for sale

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  • Old West Quay Brewers Fayre

    Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS24

    Old West Quay Brewers Fayre family pub restaurant and kids soft play in Hartlepool

  • Mill House Inn

    Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS24

    A very popular comfortable pub always full on match days. Offering pool and darts.

  • Nursery Inn

    Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS26

    Built in 1880 on a site formally occupied by a nursery garden.

  • Rat Race Ale House

    Hartlepool, Durham, TS24

    Please note that this CASH-ONLY (no cards, no contactless) pub DOESN'T ALLOW DOGS for various reasons, including a dog allergy.

  • Loons

    Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS24

Transport in Hartlepool

Trains

Hartlepool Railway Station is the primary train station in town, providing direct services to places like Newcastle (40-50 minutes), Middlesbrough (30 minutes) and Sunderland (25 minutes).

The station is part of the Durham Coast Line which connects to other towns and cities along the coast as well as to Teesside and beyond.

Buses

Hartlepool's bus services are run by various companies, connecting different areas within Hartlepool. National Express coaches also operate from Hartlepool, providing long-distance bus services to major cities.

Car

Hartlepool is well-connected by road, with the A689 linking to the A19, a major north-south route. It leads to both Durham and Middlesbrough in 30 minutes.

Ferry

There are no regular ferry services from Hartlepool, but it has a marina and port for recreational boating and some occasional cruise ship visits.

Airports

Hartlepool's nearest airport is Teesside Valley Airport in Darlington, a 30-minute drive away. This airport offers domestic and limited international flights.

People often head to Newcastle International Airport, which is about a 1-hour drive from Hartlepool and has a wider range of flight options.

Transport connections

Hartlepool
National Rail
0.4 miles / 0.6 km
Seaton Carew
National Rail
2.4 miles / 3.9 km
Horden
National Rail
6.3 miles / 10.1 km
Billingham
National Rail
6.5 miles / 10.5 km
Redcar British Steel
National Rail
6.9 miles / 11.1 km
Transporter Bridge North Side
Ferry Port
7.4 miles / 11.9 km

Schools in Hartlepool

Hartlepool offers a diverse range of school options, including state-funded primary and secondary schools as well as independent institutions.

Popular options include Dyke House Sports and Technology College, known for its strong emphasis on sports and technology, and High Tunstall College of Science, with its focus on science and technology. St. Hild's Church of England School is another well-regarded secondary school in Hartlepool.

Schools in Hartlepool

Brougham Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Dyke House Sports and Technology College
Ages: 11 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2022)
Lynnfield Primary School
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Hartlepool College of Further Education
Ages: 16 - 99 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Jesmond Gardens Primary School
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Hartlepool
Ages: 3 - 11 years old