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

The Church Street innovation and Skills Quarter (ISQ). It is a stunning and beautifully restored Grade II Victorian church, formerly known as Christ Church which was built in 1858.

The Gallery opened in 1996 and is within a minutes’ walk from Hartlepool Railway Station and close to Hartlepool Town Centre, the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, and Town Hall Theatre.

Church Street and Church Square are the centre of the towns’ revitalisation with it moving towards a café culture and thriving daytime economy based around the new campus for The Northern School of Art and the BIS – Creative Industries Managed Workspace.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays.

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

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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.

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.

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 890000

Café:  01429 523402

Assessment Statement

The next review date for the Access Statement is September 2020

Visual Stories


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? 

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