The city is steeped in history, and thanks to Hull becoming the UK City of Culture 2017, we have begun to pay homage to our past and also look to developing our future.
You can meander around museums, jump around in fun activity centres, explore the grounds of stately homes and even feed a peacock or two.
There are chances to meet a family of penguins, see stunning views of the city and come face to face with artistic masterpieces.
Here are some of the best things to do in Hull.
Billed as the world’s only submarium when it opened more than a decade ago, The Deep is the perfect place to visit to learn and see first-hand about the world’s oceans and marine life. With unrivalled views across the River Hull, visitors can expect to meet Gentoo penguins, sharks, turtles, tropical fish and more than 3,000 other species. Day tickets can be upgraded for free into annual passes, as well.
The Deep, Tower Street, Hull, HU9 1TU.
A walk across what was once the world’s longest suspension bridge really does blow away the cobwebs, and offers stunning vistas of the Humber estuary. You can take a walk around Hessle Foreshore and venture into the realm of little Switzerland, and top it off with a drink and something to eat at The Country Park Inn. It’s fabulous in the summer, with ice cream perfectly placed along the shores of the river.
Humber Bridge, Ferriby Road, Hessle, HU13 OJG.
Streetlife Museum of Transport
This free museum is not only educational, but lots of fun, too. You can venture into the oldy-worldy mock-up shops, take a tour of bygone buses and carriages, and see what Hull and the world was like before cars and modern transportation. It’s also nestled in Hull’s beautiful High Street, and is surrounded by historic landmarks.
Streetlife Museum of Transport, High Street, Hull city centre, HU1 1PS.
Gravity Trampoline Park
From open jumping to parties and fitness classes to discos, there is plenty to do on a trampoline at Gravity, based in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre in Hull city centre. With live DJs later on in the evening to really get the blood pumping, you can lose weight with like-minded people in a fitness class, or simply by spending time with the kids as they bounce the day away.
Gravity Trampoline Park, St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Ferensway, Hull city centre, HU2 8LN. Call 01482 231707.
Burton Constable Hall
It may be a few miles out of the city centre, but if it’s good enough for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and the Antiques Roadshow, then it’s good enough for a trip with the family. Walk around the gardens landscaped by Capability Brown, and take in the breathtaking architecture of the Elizabethan stately home – all while taking part in many of the activities happening around the grounds.
Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh, HU11 4LN.
Hull Blast is Yorkshire’s first indoor foam dart battle arena. Competitive activity and excitement for family and friends, battle through three zones – target range, apocalyptic zone and space zone -to be the ultimate champion. Perfect for children’s parties or weekend fun with friends, there is also a garden themed cafe area.
Hull Blast, Stockholm Road, Sutton Fields, Hull, HU7 0XW.
Hull has loads of great street art – notably at the new outdoor Bankside Gallery – but its biggest draw has to be Banksy’s work on Scott Street Bridge.
The artwork was first noticed in January 2018, with the mysterious graffiti artist confirming he was behind the work on his Instagram page a few days later.
Since then, other pieces of street art which look remarkably similar have appeared but none others have been confirmed by the artist.
It is believed the Draw the Raised Bridge artwork is a reference to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
Scott Street, Hull, HU2 0HD.
Ferens Art Gallery
After its multi-million pound transformation, Ferens now houses fabulous artwork including a Lorenzetti, and hosts exciting exhibitions all year round. They have welcomed the likes of Francis Bacon and his Screaming Popes, the Turner Prize 2017 and even masterpieces from Anthony van Dyck. Their steadfast collection is also one to behold, with fantastic art on display.
Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3RA.
From toddler to adult, there is a climb for everyone at this St Stephen’s activity centre. With 26 climbs, towering over 25ft high, there are plenty of challenging climbs to get the whole family having fun together. Try out the Twister, challenge your friends and family to the SkyScraper or see if you are brave enough to attempt the Vertical Drop Slide. There’s also a soft play area for the really little ones.
Rock Up, St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LN.
Measuring 57m in length, the Arctic Corsair enjoyed a long and successful career despite the decline of the local fishing industry. In 1973, the Corsair broke the world record for landing of cod and haddock from the White Sea near Russia. A veteran of the Cod Wars, an Icelandic gun boat rammed the Corsair in the 1970s. She is now a floating museum exploring Hull’s maritime past.
Arctic Corsair, High Street, Hull, HU1 1PS.
This Victorian park in east Hull has a full adventure playground, a boating lake, plenty of space to run and even the famous splashboat. You can climb replicas of the Khyber Pass, stop for an ice cream in the café and meet all sorts of animals including peacocks, wallabies, ostriches, emus, ponies and more. If you’re lucky, sometimes the donkeys will let you on for a ride.
East Park, Holderness Road, Hull, HU8 8JU.
Fruit Market and Humber Street
Hull’s trendy Fruit Market has been completely transformed in recent years to become the heart of the city’s cultural scene.
Now home to a unique blend of hip restaurants, bars and independent shops and located next to the beautiful Hull Marina, this area should be on every visitor’s list.
It is also the home of the Humber Street Gallery – which has a rooftop bar with views over the city – and the hugely popular Humber Street Sesh music festival.
Humber Street, Hull
William Wilbeforce MP is a name known around the world for his work to abolish the slave trade. What not many people around the world know is that Wilberforce was baptised at Hull Minster, then Holy Trinity, and lived in a beautiful house where the museums currently stand. This piece of history takes you back to how this important man lived, and what he did for the world.
Wilberforce House, High Street, Hull, HU1 1NQ.
A unique indoor play space for children of all ages, constructed from responsibly sourced wood, and housed inside a huge barn, The Den has been designed and hand-crafted by a team of highly skilled play experts. From the Tree House to the Forest Glade and the Eagles Nest to the Rainmaker, The Den is sure to thrill.
William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, HU15 2LS.
Hull Maritime Museum
Hull is steeped in fishing and whaling history, with many men and women losing their lives in order to provide for their families. Here, you can dress up in fisherman garb, walk among skeletons of whales, see a polar bear that was brought back to Hull in the 19th century and learn about life on deck in this most treacherous profession.
Hull Maritime Museum, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 EDX.
The Spurn Lightship guided ships safely through the treacherous River Humber for almost 50 years. Step aboard to discover how it was used as a navigational aid and to find out what life was like on board. The accommodation below deck is preserved to show how the seven man crew worked and passed the time on their month long deployments. Communication and emergency equipment dating from the launch of the vessel in 1927 are on display on the ship which is at Hull Marina.
Spurn Lightship, Castle Street, Hull city centre, HU1 1TJ.
One of the first inhabitants of Hull’s regenerated Humber Street, Dinostar is an interactive dinosaur museum for children. Highlights include a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull, Triceratops bones you can touch and their own unique Dinosaur Sound Box. The dinosaur and fossil shop offers genuine and replica fossils plus a range of dinosaur toys.
Dinostar, Humber Street, Hull city centre, HU1 1TH.
Hull & East Riding Museum
Enter a world where 235 million years of history is brought to life. Come face to face with a wooly mammoth, encounter a mysterious crew of wooden warriors and discover a unique Iron Age sword. Located in the attractive Museums Quarter, the Hull and East Riding Museum boasts some of the most spectacular natural history and archaeology displays in Britain. Highlights of the collections include the only dinosaur bones to have been found in East Yorkshire, mysterious Bronze Age warriors and spectacular treasures from the middle ages.
Hull and East Riding Museum, High Street, Hull, HU1 1NQ.
This multi-level jungle of fun has a playden suitable for the under-fives, as well as more excitement for the older kids to join in with, too. With three zones to use, kids can choose from the Aztec adventure of Montezuma’s Falls, a dark maze for the brave ones and the Beetle’s Sports Arena for a game of mini football and mini basketball.
Little Monkeys, Hull Indoor Sports Centre, Harpings Road, Hull, HU5 4JF.
At more than 700 years old, the Minster is one of Hull’s most iconic sights. Some say the history of the city is literally written in its walls. With royal origins, walls built inside separating townsfolk from soldiers, strong connections to great people like Andrew Marvell and William Wilberforce, stained glass windows of national significance, and surviving both Zeppelin raids and Nazi bombings during the first and second world wars respectively, Hull Minster has an amazing story to tell.
Hull Minster, Market Place, Hull city centre, HU1 1RR.
Quasar Superbowl UK
Put on your pack and step into the future. Battling for supremacy with your fellow humans in an experience that lasts up to 20 minutes taking you through a journey of sounds, lights and smoke. Score points by tracking down and then taking out your opponents before they do the same to you. Let your laser adventure begin and play for real.
There is also a bowling alley and games at this attraction for all the family in Princes Quay Shopping Centre.
Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Hull city centre, HU1 2JX.
Rockcity is one of the UKs largest indoor climbing centres. With more than 20 years of experience there isn’t much they don’t know about rock climbing. Alongside the climbing centre they have their own climbing shop filled with all the essentials, as well as a skateboarding and BMX park and Vans shop.
Rockcity, Hawthorn Avenue, Hull, HU3 5GL.
Queen Victoria Square fountains
Perfect for a summer’s day, the fountains in Queen Victoria Square have proved a huge hit since they were switched on during 2017.
The 77 jets of water can change direction and speed thanks to clever computer programming – and they look even better at night when they are transformed into a stunning light show.
Queen Victoria Square, Hull city centre.
Hull has several cinemas for you to get your movie fix, from shopping centre additions to standalone screens. If you’re in the city centre and have some time to kill, Vue in Princes Quay and Reel in St Stephen’s will be your closest choices. There is also Odeon near the ice arena, Cineworld in Kingswood and the unique Parkway cinema in Beverley.
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