Visitors alighting at Hartlepool station find themselves perfectly situated in an ideal central setting to access the surrounding tourist attractions and shopping areas all within a five minute stroll away. Pause before exiting the station and maybe enjoy a drink in one of the smallest bars in England in the form of the Rat Race Ale House on the station compound.

Turn right into Church Street to find Christ Church housing Hartlepool Art Gallery and offering fine views from its bell tower across the whole of Hartlepool and further afield. The Middleton Grange Shopping Centre faces you just a few hundred yards straight ahead. Restaurants and bars are well represented in the locality of the station, and if you intend to stay overnight you are well served by hotels in the form of the Hillcarter directly opposite the station, the Travelodge and Premier Inn to the rear and the Grand just a little further past Christ Church.

However, why not turn immediate right out of the station, pass through the Bus Interchange, mount the steps to be greeted by the sails of the Trincomalee, the oldest British warship still afloat and the sight of the Wingfield Castle, a restored paddle Steamer, both berthed within the Hartlepool Maritime Experience in Jackson Dock. Plan to spend an abundance of time exploring the fascinating Historic Quay and the Museum of Hartlepool.

Nearby lies the Vue Cinema and across Marina Way a selection of retail shops compete in attracting custom whilst fast food lovers are indulged by Pizza Hut and Burger King.

Venture along Maritime Avenue and amble down to the Marina (also accessed via the level crossing at the bottom of Church St.) and enjoy the ambiance surrounding the boats and yachts and the vibrant atmosphere of the marina itself. Embark on a culinary exploration of the diverse range of restaurants located there, offering a plethora of contrasting tastes and food options to satisfy the palate of even the most demanding diner.

If that were not enough then the attraction of Seaton Carew may beckon the more adventurous and fitter folk who might be persuaded to take the long stroll along the promenade in the direction of Seaton Carew. The coastal views en route are there to be enjoyed, and not forgetting, of course, the availability of Seaton Railway station on arrival if so required.