Our Holiday In Hartlepool

Today was to be a very pirate orientated day, during ClearlyDaddy’s travels last night (finding a Chinese takeaway) he came across HMS Trincomalee, so we decided today to investigate further and visit.

Brief History of HMS Trincomalee

  • HMS Trincomalee was ordered October 1812, and was to be named Trincomalee after the 1782 Battle of Trincomalee.
  • Trincomalee was launched 12th October 1817 and then travelled to Portsmouth where she arrived 30th April 1819.
  • Between arriving in Portsmouth and departed to work in service in 1847 Trincomalee was kitted out with guns and a reshaped stern.
  • Between 1847 and 1850 Trincomalee served in North America/West Indies before being recalled to England.
  • In 1895 Trincomalee was placed in reserve and was eventually sold for scrap in 1897. Entrepreneur George Wheatley Cobb restored and renamed the ship Foudroyant.
  • She remained in service then until 1986 and once again sold, restored and renamed back to Trincomalee in 1992.
  • Trincomalee has now been in dock since 1992 and resides at the Historic Dockyard Museum in Hartlepool.


The area has now been turned into a historic dock, showing how life would have been back in the time when Trincomalee was in service.

After walking around the dockside we then entered Trincomalee, Lewis and ClearlyDaddy spent loads of time walking around the various decks of the ship. I frequently heard “Arrrrrr” and “Matey” being called from them both, Lewis had a brilliant time.

After spending ages walking around the different decks and Lewis completing exhausting all adventures we exited the ship where we let the kids play on a climbing frame ship by the dockside. Then we went to the cafe, when I ordered a Bacon, Brie and Cranberry baguette and chips. ClearlyDaddy had a drink and the kids had ice lolly’s. The price of this cafe is extremely reasonable, and I was very impressed with my lunch.


Entrance into the museum is free of charge, but entrance to the ship and dockside are chargeable. For my family (2 Adults & 2 Children under 5) it was £17.00 for a single access ticket. What is also on offer is an annual ticket, allowing 5 accesses throughout a year period excluding special events.

Entrance for people living in the local area is also cheaper but prices for this are not stated on the web page.

Hiring for Events

Yes, you heard me right, Trincomalee can be hired for events, from corporate events to weddings!

Overall we really enjoyed our time visiting HMS Trincomalee, Lewis was gutted his “pirate” adventure was over.

Back On Site

After our arrival on site yesterday, we had all walked cut grass into the van and sand. The mess was annoying us, along side the original mess of the van when we arrived. We needed to request a hoover so that we could tidy up a bit. We were informed a hoover would be delivered to our van tomorrow.

After the children had eaten their tea we decided we’d try once again to visit the entertainment centre for “Sparkey’s Funtime”, we arrived on time tonight and again there was no “Sparkey’s Funtime”. We questioned this with the staff on duty in the entertainment room and were informed that a character would be visiting after Bingo for a story time. Bingo started at 7 and wouldn’t be finished for about half hour/45mins, by which point both children were exhausted and were no longer interested.

For a facility provided for young children we found this very poor as all the “young children” would be in bed after an exhausting holiday day!


**This is NOT a sponsored post. This post is based on a family holiday that we payed for. All words and opinions are my own.

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