The Parish Church of St Hilda, Abbess of Hartlepool

The church (a Grade 1 listed building) stands in a commanding position by the sea. As well as being a vibrant and living church, an impressive architectural structure, and a place of great importance in the development of the Christian faith in the region and Christian heritage in general in the north east,  St Hilda’s has a Visitor Centre, charting the history of the Church and the Headland with modern displays (some interactive) and welcomers on hand to guide you round and tell you more.


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St Hilda's is the parish church of the Headland, a unique part of Hartlepool which is physically quite separate from the rest of the town. St Hilda came here around 648 AD to take charge of the double monastery of monks and nuns, and later moved to Whitby as the first Abbess there. The church seeks to proclaim the gospel through worship, pastoral support and organisations including Sunday Monkeys, Girls' and Boys' Brigades and Ladies' Fellowship and is an active member of Churches Together on the Headland.

Animated virtual tour based on a laser scan

New links: (see also our Facebook page)


Funeral of Jack Joseph Kennedy


Virtual Services led by Rev Verity from St Hilda’s Rectory: (Online services will continue)

Worship for the First Sunday of Advent (28 November) Link available from 6 pm on 27th

Worship for 21 November: Patronal Festival: Celebrating St Hilda, Abbess of Hartlepool

Previous services may be found here

In-person services are: Sunday 10.30am, and Wednesday 10.30am. From 3rd October, also Sunday 8.30am (BCP Communion, said)

Please wear a face mask and maintain social distancing in the church.

The Church continues to be open for private prayer on Sundays, 2-3 pm.


Aerial “tour” outside the church