Steetley Pier in Hartlepool at sunset

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Hartlepool is located on the north-east coast of England. It has a long history and many connections with the nautical past of the country. Car hire in Hartlepool is the perfect way to explore the town and other easily accessible nearby places, such as Middlesbrough and Darlington.

Why go?

When you find a great deal on car rental, Hartlepool holidays can be made even more exciting.

Many people visit Hartlepool to learn about its rich maritime history but also to enjoy the buzzing modern town that it is today. During the summer months it enjoys pleasant weather and this is a perfect time to enjoy the bars and cafes of Church Street or to take a fishing trip.
Highlights within the city include Hartlepool Historic Quay, now known as Hartlepool's Maritime Experience, which is home to one of the oldest warships in the UK - HMS Trincomalee - as well as the fantastic Museum of Hartlepool. The Heugh Gun Battery Museum tells the tale of those who fought to defend the town during the world wars.

You'll find the award-winning Maritime Experience in Hartlepool Marina. This seaside spot has received generous investment in recent years to transform it from an ugly duckling of the shoreline into a beautiful swan and the symbol of Hartlepool's regeneration. It's a great place to eat and drink - you'll find pleasant hotels here. You can also book boat trips to see Hartlepool from the water, as thousands of sailors and visitors have done in the past.

The Historic Headland, another area that has seen significant development, is crammed with fishermen's cottages, public art and buildings of the past. Follow the Headland Story Trail to learn more.

While this town on the North Sea has a number of green, open spaces, it's the seafront walks that capture many hearts, especially those of keen birdwatchers. Migratory birds stop off here and put a fresh tick in the notebooks of ornithologists.

Whatever you are into, you can pick up your Hartlepool rental car in one of the convenient downtown locations in and around the town. To find the best price on car hire in Hartlepool, use TravelSupermarket's search tool.

Where to explore?

It really is worth considering car hire; Hartlepool is a great base to discover more of England's north east.

Hartlepool car rental makes visiting local towns easy. Nearby Seaton Carew is a beautiful beach resort which is perfect for those travelling with children. The protected dunes of the southern beach are also popular with bird watchers. Seaton Carew is just a 10-minute drive to the south of Hartlepool. Even if you don't stay for long, it's worth calling in to get a feel for British seaside resorts: be drawn by the bells and whistles coming from the amusement arcades or let your nose sniff out the best fish and chips by the sea.

Other fine towns in County Durham include Darlington, which is just a half-hour drive away and a perfect place for train lovers, as it has a number of railway attractions and museums. Middlesbrough is another great northern town located just a 20-minute drive from Hartlepool. A fine place for a night out or a day's shopping, Middlesbrough is also a living monument to the industrial history of the north east.

Newcastle and Gateshead, to the north, are only a 45-minute drive and home to Newcastle International Airport (NCL). Both boast award-winning contemporary architecture in the form of the Millennium Bridge and The Sage Gateshead. Also worth a visit are Sunderland and Redcar.