Hartlepool United – Victoria Park

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victoria park hartlepoolThe Victoria Park ground has a capacity of 7,787, with seating for 4,180. It is the home ground of Hartlepool United.

The ground was greatly improved in the mid 1990’s, with the construction of two new stands at one end and one side of the ground. The Cyril Knowles Stand is the newer of these being a covered, single-tiered, all-seater stand on the East side of the ground.

The Cameron’s Brewery Stand is an all-seater stand with a terraced paddock, located at the West side of the ground. The Town End Terrace, a standing area behind the South goal is usually the most vocal area of the ground. The other end, the Rink End stand, is a small, covered, all-seater stand which houses away supporters.

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How to get to Victoria Park

By Road:
victoria park stadium directionsVictoria Park is in Clarence Road, Hartlepool TS24 8BZ.

Drivers arriving from the North should leave the A19, turning left onto the A179, following signage for Hartlepool through 2 roundabouts (about a mile). At the third roundabout, turn right onto Easington Road and follow signs for the town centre / A179 for 1½ miles over two roundabouts. At the third roundabout, turn right onto Marina Way. At the next roundabout turn right and then left at the lights into Clarence Road to the ground.

From the South, the A19 / A689 route is recommended. At the roundabout, turn right, following the A689 for about 4½ miles, as far as the “Owton Lodge” pub. Continue on the A689, going straight on at 2 roundabouts and 2 sets of lights into the marina complex. From Marina Way, turn left at the roundabout, towards the A179 and A1048. Clarence Road is the left turn at the lights.


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By Rail:
hartlepool train stationHartlepool train station is a comfortable 10-minute walk from the ground. At the end of the station approach road, turn right up Church Street towards the large church. At the end go straight across the junction and the ground is on the left. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Durham Tees Valley, about 20 miles away. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Hartlepool that can take you to and from Victoria Park. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

Calling all Hartlepool Taxi Companies – Why not advertise your company here?.

Where to Park?

hartlepool fc parkingThere is a fair sized car park at the ground. Otherwise, there is plenty of on-street parking to be found behind the away end of the ground.

Away Friendly Pubs near Victoria Park

pubs near victoria park stadiumThe ground is located on Clarence Road, a stone’s throw from the town centre. This allows visitors access to a large range of pubs. However, the most popular pub for visiting fans is The Corner Flag which is located on the Victoria Park’s premises between the Cameron’s Brewery Stand and the Rink End. Also recommended is the Causeway, a 15-minute walk from the ground. It reportedly offers a friendly welcome to away fans and serves a range of real ales.

Hotels near Victoria Park

The Best Western Grand Hotel, Swainson Street, Hartlepool TS24 8AA is situated in the centre of Hartlepool and is conveniently placed to visit the town’s hillcarter hotel hartlepool marina, key maritime attractions and main shopping facilities. Guest reviews have been encouraging, reporting modern décor (refurbished late 2008) and helpful staff. Its location is ideal, being just a couple of hundred yards from Victoria Park. Free parking is available nearby.

The Hillcarter Hotel Church Street (pictured right), Hartlepool TS24 7DH provides budget accommodation within a short distance of the ground. Close to Hartlepool Marina and directly opposite the train station, it has well-equipped, comfortable en suite rooms and free Wi-Fi access. Free on-site parking is also available.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Victoria Park?

away fans hartlepoolMany visiting fans have complained that the ground is cold in even the best weather, with the wind whipping off the North Sea. The Rink End has several supporting pillars which impede the view of play. However, the away section reportedly has excellent acoustics, allowing visiting fans to make some real noise.

Facilities are reported as very good, with pies reported as the biggest in the league! On the downside, several fans have reported having their day out spoiled by crowd trouble

Your comments about Hartlepool United – Victoria Park


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  1. Pete

    A good ground to visit, both sets of fans in the pub before the game all very friendly, stewards very polite and helpfull apart from the match it’s self I can’t fault the place.


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  3. Howard

    Enjoyable evening out. Checked into the York Hotel in York Road – Twin room I shared worked out £37 each. No frills but cheap for a bed and breakfast. Found 2 Wetherspoons in the area – first one was a short walk from the rail station (2-3 mins) called ‘The Ward Jackson’ – postcode TS24 7EU. Didnt try this one, but eventually found the second Wetherspoons ‘The King Johns Tavern) – word of warning, if you search this via postcode or Wetherspoons Iphone app it leads you down South street with no pub to be found! The actual pub main entrance can be found on Victoria Road (just on right hand side before reaching Ave Road (walking away from York road). Pub staff were very friendly and quite a few away fans had food/drinks here. Good location and 10 min walk to ground.
    Victoria Park was cold, but a tidy little ground. Felt like to goal was almost in the stand with us as the touchline and goal is tight to the front of the stand – great being able to shout at the home goalkeeper! Pillars can restrict views from away end if unfortunate to get a seat behind them. Big queues for 2 food counters which seem to go round and round a small area (one queue crossed the other!) Small toilet area with 1 sit down loo and about 15 urinals – basic but clean. Stewards were friendly and helpful (apart from the one who looked like Alan Carr – grumpy so and so wouldnt give us a wave when we chanted for him to do so!)
    Enjoyed the evening out other than the 0-0 draw!


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  5. Valerie de Burgh

    Have made several trips to Hartlepool and always find home fans, programme sellers, shop staff, stewards and bar staff in the Corner Flag helpful and friendly. I am not a fan of the usual overpriced fare at football grounds – leathery burgers, and dry hot dogs. However, the Hartlepool food I find is really good. Real chips, hot pies and proper hot dogs, with or without gravy and the two girls really slave in there on match days.


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  7. Eddie Cooney

    Possibly the friendliest away ground I’ve visited. All the staff I encountered were very hospitable and helpful except for maybe the steward who stood outside the ticket office. I had my 15-year-old daughter with me and when I tried to buy her a ticket the steward insisted that I had to have ID. Of course, rules are rules and he was right but he could have put it in a friendlier fashion. We had arrived with only 10 minutes to spare before kick off so we could also have done without the delay. Inside the ticket office it was a different story however, with a lovely woman giving my daughter a short interview, establishing the truth and charging the correct price. Adult tickets were £25 and junior tickets £12 so the saving was considerable.

    Inside the ground we went for chicken balti pies, which were sold out but one of the girls went through to one of the food stalls for the home fans and got our pies for us. We also had some half-time chips which were lovely proper thick-cut and delicious. Also on offer were extra long Frankfooter (hoho) sausages. Maybe next time.

    The stadium itself isn’t the prettiest but has a nice atmosphere. A couple of hundred Tranmere fans at most were housed in a stand for a thousand. It was a pretty mild night so we didn’t experience the famous Hartlepool cold wind although anybody at the front of the stand would have got soaked. Tranmere fans sang ‘You’re so wet it’s unbelievable’ at one point.

    There are numerous car parks but we parked in the adjacent supermarket carpark where parking is free for 3 hours to customers. Exiting the car park was relatively speedy and we were on our way in 15 minutes or so.


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  9. Ronnie Chambers

    Rat Race Alehouse situated within the railway station is a quirky friendly little micro pub selling real ale, bottled belgian beers, perry and cider , a ten minute walk from the ground. The Jacksons Arms is a traditional pub 5 minutes from the Rat Race and 5 mins from the ground, between the two is The Ward Jackson, a Weatherspoons Lloyds bar serving the usual cheap and cheerful food and drink, but this one is one of the better ones. Near the ground are a couple of workingmens type clubs , the Engineers and the Raglan that are cheap and welcoming. Right outside the ground are the Mill House,, a basic pub but okay for away fans and the Corner Flag,a friendly place ran by HUFC supporters. Places to avoid are in the town centre such as the Pearl Bar , Changes and the Weatherspoons King Johns Tavern.

    Plenty of parking on the marina, 5 mins from the ground, pub there called Jacksons Wharf that is ideal for families.
    A couple of hotels in the marina area, Old West Quay ( premier inn ) and a Travelodge ( opened summer 2012)

    After the game I would leave Hartlepool as soon as possible as its nightlife is both grim and depressing.


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  11. Jason

    Was my first ever away day, really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was good, their burgers was very poor (looks slimy, soggy and undercooked). The legroom was pretty cramped. Home fans were no trouble.


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  13. Chris

    My first ever trip to Hartlepool Victoria Park even though it was pre season game and Sunderland won 3-0 i have 2 say very friendly place i had a few pints in the Corner Flag it was 2.50 and i vistied the gift shop also its not bad atmosphere for a league 2 club one of the best away days i would hope to visit the pools ground again in the near future but all in all a good day out


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  15. Chris

    My first trip to Harltepools Victoria Park and it was a pre-season game and Sunderland winning 3-0 i went to the Corner Flag for a pint which was 2.50 i have to say friendly bunch of surpporters and i would recommend a trip to Hartlepool and i would go back if we play them again all in all a good day out

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