Things to do in Hull - City Guide
Yorkshire's only waterfront city, Kingston Upon Hull – usually shortened to Hull – is a major European port and a key centre of activity for the whole region.
Located by both the River Hull and the River Humber, this lively university city boasts an award-winning marina, a rich heritage and world-class attractions. A richly deserving winner of the coveted title of UK City of Culture in 2017, visitors can expect a programme of entertainment that rivals anywhere in the country.
Lose yourself in the picturesque Old Town, where traditional pubs and cobbled pathways transport you to a bygone age. Discover this incredible region with P&O Ferries and start your English adventure today.
Must-See Sights in Old Town, Hull
The charming streets of the Museum Quarter make up some of the prettiest parts of the city, with many historic landmarks within walking distance of each other.
When you visit Hull, why not start your explorations at the former residence 18th century MP William Wilberforce, who is revered to this day for helping to push through the abolition of slavery. After visiting Wilberforce House, a brief stroll down the atmospheric cobbled High Street leads you to the Hull and East Riding Museum, which takes you through 235 million years of local history, as well as the Georgian merchant building Maister House, which houses some magnificent artworks of the period.
Opposite, the popular Streetlife Museum by the river tells you the story of 200 years of transport in the area, and you can get your sea legs afterwards aboard the Arctic Corsair, the city's last surviving sidewinder trawler.
Shopaholics, meanwhile, can peruse everything from antiques to chocolates at the covered Trinity Market or the Edwardian thoroughfare of the Hepworth Arcade, which is where high street retailer Marks and Spencer first started business.
Make sure not to miss a tour of the 13th century Holy Trinity Church, England's largest parish church by area.
Places to Visit in Hull
Hull's premier attraction is undoubtedly The Deep. This spectacular aquarium is home to thousands of different types of fish, a colony of penguins and some fearsome-looking sharks.
While on the waterfront, explore the Hull Corporation Pier before walking to the popular museums around Queen Victoria Square. Here you can absorb the city's seafaring past at the Hull Maritime Museum or embrace your inner artist at the Ferens Art Gallery, one of the finest in the country.
After all the museums, get away from it all by walking around the leafy Queen's Gardens, or enjoy a self-guided walking tour that follows in the footsteps of the great local poet Phillip Larkin. For modern shopping spots, St Stephen's Shopping Centre is the largest and newest retail hub in the city, while Princes Quay Shopping Centre is a modern space built on stilts around a central atrium.
Exploring Other Local Attractions in Hull
If you're a rugby or a football fan, you simply can't visit this sporting mad city without making the pilgrimage to the KC Stadium, home ground of both the Hull FC rugby league club and the Hull City football side.
If you have longer than a few days in Hull, there are many adventures to be found outside the centre too.
Drive to the magnificent Humber Bridge to see a masterpiece of engineering, or head north to the scenic Yorkshire Wolds to find the region's most stunning natural landscapes. Further west, on a narrow spit of land is the nature reserve of Spurn Point. This birdwatcher's paradise offers the perfect family day out, either on foot or by bike.
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