Everything you need to know for your visit to Hartlepool Art Gallery

Taken: 31st Jan 2022  Alice Hawkins photography exhibition 'The Female Gaze' at Hartlepool Art Gallery, also exhibiting  Simon Bartram 'Under the Vapour' artwork.      Image Byline: Dave Charnley Photography.

Tuesday 10am – 5pm

Wednesday 10am – 5pm

Thursday 10am – 5pm

Friday 10am – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Closed Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays.

The café is open from 10am – 4pm on the same days as the Art Gallery.


Entry to the Gallery is free for everyone but there is a small charge for anyone wishing to visit the clock tower. The clock tower is currently closed.



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Hartlepool Art Gallery and Information Centre is situated in Church Square a two-minute walk away from the Railway Station and the Transport Interchange.

Whilst Hartlepool Art Gallery does not have its own car park, there are three designated accessible parking bays within the Northern School of Art car park, opposite the gallery for blue badge holders only – fines may be issued for anyone not displaying a badge. There is also pay and display parking available at the Transport Interchange and on-street parking around the gallery.

Many local bus services operate from Victoria Road which is a five-minute walk from Hartlepool Art Gallery. Taxis are available at the railway station. There are some taxi firms with accessible taxis.

The main entrance to the Art Gallery is in Church Square opposite Middleton Grange Shopping Centre where there is a Shopmobility Scheme. The Middleton Grange Shopping Centre is a few minutes’ walk from the Art Gallery and involves crossing two roads by a pedestrian crossing.

We offer free parking at the Museum of Hartlepool, which is situated at The Royal Navy Museum. Why not make the Museum of Hartlepool part of your visit to the Art Gallery? The distance between both venues is only an 11-minute walk. 

It is free for everyone but there is a small charge for visiting the clock tower.

A manual wheelchair is available on request from the main reception. There is no charge/deposit for this service.

The fire alarms give an audible bell warning. All fire exits are clearly signposted. If you are likely to need assistance to exit the building in the event of a fire alarm please tell a member of staff on your arrival.

The shop is situated in the reception area of the Art Gallery. It has a flat tiled floor.

All merchandise is clearly priced and many items are at a low level. Assistance can be provided by staff if necessary. The total till display is visible to the customer.

The ladies and gents toilets are situated on the left-hand side of the Art Gallery not far from the reception desk. Both have baby changing facilities.

There is a separate accessible toilet close to the café . This toilet has grab rails and a door which opens outwards. It is easily accessible by wheelchair.

There is step-free level access throughout the Art Gallery. Lightweight Walk and rest stools are available.

There are 164 steps up to the viewing tower. Unfortunately, there is no lift as the Art Gallery is a former Victorian Church and a Grade 1 listed building.

The Art Gallery does have an induction loop

Throughout the year the Gallery holds a wide variety of changing exhibitions, events and activities. For further information please contact the Art Gallery or keep up to date by visiting our website.

The café is situated at the far end of the Art Gallery and there is step-free level access from the entrance.

Tables in the café are well spaced apart. There are mainly upright chairs with no arms and one table that has two sofas.

The till’s display is visible to the customer.

The café now takes card payment.

All food is freshly made on the premises. Please speak to the staff about the ingredients in your meal when making your order. The café is a fair trade café.

Contact Details


Art Gallery and Information Centre
Church Square
TS24 7EQ

Telephone Number: 

Art Gallery and Information Centre:
01429 869706

Box Office: 01429 869706

Café:  01429 523402

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Enjoy 360 degree, panoramic views of Hartlepool with a trip up the Viewing Tower.

One of the most unique and spectacular features of the Gallery is its Viewing Tower. If you are feeling fit and you time it right you can see the fascinating workings of the tower clock and hear the quarterly chimes from its peak of six bells. After climbing the 164 steps you are rewarded with the best vantage point of the town for a small fee. What stunning scenes will you spot on your visit? 

The next review date for the Access Statement is September 2020

Free parking at the Museum of Hartlepool

If you wish to park for free, please see the walking route from the Museum of Hartlepool to Hartlepool Art Gallery.

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