The HMS Trincomalee Presents


Great photography opportunity …. some of the best views in town, from the world’s oldest British warship afloat, HMS Trincomalee, berthed at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.


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The additional charge for a climb to the Fighting Top (80ft high) of the main mast of HMS Trincomalee will be £10 over and above normal site entry fee.

The £10 fee will be equally divided between The HMS Trincomalee Trust, the charity which owns, maintains and conserves HMS Trincomalee, the oldest British warship afloat and the RNLI Hartlepool Lifeboat Station. Some photos attached.

Guests climbing the mast will be fully harnessed for safety whilst climbing and securely anchored to the Fighting Top whilst on the platform. A member of the HMS Trincomalee Maintenance Crew will be on the Fighting Top at all times to assist climbers. Interested members of the public should call HMS Trincomalee on 01429 223 193 to book a time to climb! 18 years and over only. Up to 15 minutes at the top!


HMS Trincomalee, built in 1817, is one of the oldest ships afloat in Europe and the last of Nelson’s frigates. She is the centrepiece of the award winning attraction, Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience and is now fully restored in an award-winning project.

Come aboard for a unique experience of Navy life 2 centuries ago. Audio guides are available and guided tours for groups and educational parties. There are also disabled access lifts between the main decks.

A unique venue for functions, weddings and filming. Pride of Northumbria ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2003’ and Excellence in England Silver Award Winner 2004.

Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, including HMS Trincomalee was the gold winner in the category Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2009, in the North East Tourism Awards.

Admission price includes full access to the quayside and the Ship.

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