Things To Do

Enjoy the beautiful coastline and much more.

Here at York Place Gallery we are fortunate enough to be in a truly beautiful location. The stunning coastline is literally outside of the front door and beautiful countryside is just a short drive away.

Here are some ideas to visit during your stay.


On the way, if you  have young people with you, they might like to visit a small farm recommended by a previous guest:

Hartlepool Headland Story Trail – a well signposted walking trail consisting of 18 information boards (topped by a monkey)which tells the history of the Headland in about 2 hours. You can pick up the trail at any point.

As well as the beaches a stone’s throw from York Place Gallery there are other beaches to explore.

North Sands is a 1.5 mile walk along the promenade and continues to Crimdon Dene and beyond.

Seaton Carew Beach on the south side of Hartlepool offers a very different atmosphere – ice cream, candy floss, fish and chips.  Though restrictions for dogs apply in the summer there’s still lots of beach to walk on.

RSPB Salthome.  Love Nature? Then just 15 minutes drive away visit the RSPB flagship with hides, café and viewing gallery. Also nearby a seal hide and viewing platform.

National Museum of the Royal Navy.  A recreation of an 18th century seaport in the heart of Hartlepool’s town centre.,HMS%20Trincomalee.%20Take%20in%20the%20historic%20quayside%20setting

Beamish Open Air Museum. A recreation of times gone by with reconstructed streets, shops, fairground and even a mine!

The National Glass Centre, Sunderland.  Glass exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops. Less than an hour away and well worth a visit.  Due to re-open soon.

National Cycle Network route 14              Open your front door and cycle along the promenade to join the National Cycle Network route 14 and explore Durham’s Heritage Coast. Start from Hartlepool and cycle along the coast to Seaham.

Visit Durham                                                    For more inspiration about what to see in our amazing county.

Eating and Drinking

The Duke of Cleveland is just around the corner from York Place Gallery (left out of door, 1st left, straight ahead – opposite St Hilda’s Church). It is dog friendly for friendly dogs and serve food and snacks as well as beer and cocktails. One set of guests last year were so impressed they ate there several times.

Chilli Cake on Church Street is a favourite haunt of mine. They also serve vegan and vegetarian food. Amazing cocktails! Very friendly owner and staff. Dine in or dine at home. Check re dog friendy or not.

The Lock Gates, Hartlepool Marina comes highly recommended by guests who visited in May 2021. I believe they are dog friendly but you would be best to check.

Portals Place.  One of many great places to eat on Hartlepool’s Marina.

There are many dog friendly cafes on the Marina.

Fish and chip shop around the corner from the house, next to St Hilda’s Church. Only open lunch time and tea time.

Good fish and chip takeaway and restaurants at Seaton Carew.

Sambucas                                                  Great food, decent prices with a big, friendly Italian family atmosphere.

Hope this is a good start for you. Let me know what you think and whether you have found anywhere yourself you can recommend to future guests.


The Fisherman’s Arms                                  Just around the corner from York Place Gallery. A traditional pub selling real ale.  Music nights, including open mic nights.

The Globe Public House, 26 Northgate, Hartlepool. A traditional `old fashioned’ pub. Roaring fire and a warm welcome. Real ale including our local brewery ales Camerons. No website.  Tel 01429 860097. No food (as far as I know.)  Dogs very welcome.




Sporting Attractions and Activities

Tees Barage International White Water Centre    Lots of exciting water activities for kids and adults.

The Durham Coastal Path. Like walking? From your front door follow the promenade to the Durham Coastal path.

Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club                 Fancy learning how to sail? Beginners and improvers tuition available.

Balloon Flights Teesside                               Explore this amazing landscape and coastline from the air.

Charter Boats Sea Fishing

Sea fishing, bird watching, wrecks and reef fishing.

Food Stores

Marks and Spencer Simply Food

Tesco Extra Store







Carnival Week and Town Moor Fair – August

Wintertide Festival – November

Folk Festival – July

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