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Car hire Hartlepool

Hartlepool is a town on the North Sea Coast in County Durham. It grew up in the Middle Ages and eventually became famous as a major port. Today, it is still an important maritime hub and the docks have been redeveloped into a marina. Hartlepool is served by two major roads: the A179 and the A689.

What I need to know

You should find it easy to get a good car hire deal at a price to suit you in Hartlepool as the town and surrounding area has lots of providers to choose from. Use our site to compare car hire before you go to make your search simpler.

Where to pick up my car

Where you pick up your car depends on the company you book with, as each Hartlepool car hire provider has its own location. Check out the map on our site to find out where the best pick-up point is for you. Hartlepool is 21 miles from Durham Tees Valley Airport (MME) and 38 miles from Newcastle Airport (NCL) should you wish to fly in and collect your vehicle from there.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
    Diane T

Where to go

Hartlepool is an excellent base for a UK break. With your hire car, you can explore up and down the east coast, checking out the major cities as well as local areas of outstanding natural beauty. It's ideal for culture vultures, shopaholics and those who love the great outdoors.

Nearby Hartlepool

There are lots of places for you to discover near Hartlepool. There's Middlesbrough just 12km away, while Sunderland is around 27km away. You can be in Durham in half an hour and see all Newcastle upon Tyne has to offer in 45 minutes.

Longer drives

Don't restrict yourself to staying in one place during your trip - make the most of your vehicle and hit the roads. Beautiful York is an hour and 20 minutes away and Leeds is an hour-and-a-half's drive. You could even be at the seaside in Scarborough, eating ice creams and paddling in just an hour and 40 minutes.

Eating and drinking

Hartlepool has a range of bars, pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes. There are plenty of Italian and Spanish eateries, so it's worth checking one or more of them out during your trip. The marina offers the perfect backdrop to a fine evening meal.

Things to do

The attractions on offer here are mostly centred around Hartlepool's maritime history. Visit the Historic Quay for a reproduction of an 18th century seaport, complete with a frigate, and the Maritime Experience for the HMS Trincomalee. Don't miss Camerons Brewery either.


There's lots to see in Hartlepool, including Heugh Battery which features the only British gun battery to have fired its guns in anger during the First World War. For peace and tranquillity, visit RSPB Saltholme to see wildlife including butterflies, orchids and water fowl. You can also check out the yachts while relaxing at the marina.


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