Visiting Hull

Major Transport Links

With a population of around a quarter of a million, Hull is a vibrant city in the north of England. From London's Kings Cross a train journey will take around three hours. If travelling on motorways from the north and west of England use the A1079 or the M62 which takes you to the A63 straight into the city centre.

Local Sites of Interest

Forward-thinking Hull has made huge strides to provide attractions to grab the attention of young and old alike. Rockcity opened in 1974 and has proved to be one of Hull's most popular attractions. This indoor climbing centre provides over one and a half thousand square metres of artificial climbing surfaces so you can climb whatever the weather.

One of Britain's foremost touring venues, Hull's New Theatre, features ballet, opera, music, childrens' shows and drama as well as one-off performances.

Hull proudly boasts The Deep, a vast aquarium. This huge project cost more than 50 million pounds and was funded by the Millennium Lottery Commission. Over three and a half thousand marine species, together with interactive displays, help tell the story of the world's oceans. The Deep has quickly become one of the major attractions in the whole of the north of England.

Eating Out

The restaurant scene in Hull just keeps getting better and better. From small local cafes for a quick bite to restaurants run by celebrity chefs, Hull has them in abundance. There are loads of options for cuisine from the world over – Greek, Italian, Kurdish, Persian, French as well as Russian restaurants vie for business.


Continental café bars to traditional pubs offer something for everyone. Near the university, Beverley Road has a great choice of traditional and modern pubs. It is worth getting the "Hull Ale Trail" to find out the best places to drink and eat. For a good night out, visit the Old Town for old pubs and hostelries or you may like to go to a show at Hull New Theatre or Hull Truck.

With a large student population, the city clubs host student nights. Asylum was voted the very best in student union entertainment in 2003. Live music plays a big part in city life. The Hull Arena and KC stadium are the city's two most important concert venues and they attract big names.

Information for Visitors

Culture and shopping are at the heart of this proud maritime city. A highlight of any visit is the Museum Quarter of the city, an exciting development which links four of Hull's museums. The Streetlife Museum is an interactive experience, along with the Wilberforce House, Arctic Corsair and the Hull and East Riding Museum. Entry is free to all museums.

Hull's past is linked to the sea and its maritime history is detailed in the Maritime Museum. This excellent museum is housed in the old Town Docks Offices. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the main income of Hull was from whaling. The gruesome whaling stories are told in the museum where old photos alongside a whale skeleton can be seen .

Hull's Ferens Art Gallery opened in 1927. It has an interesting programme of exhibitions on loan as well as permanent collections. Childrens' workshops are held here and other events include talks and tours.

It is perhaps for its Humber Bridge that Hull is best known. The bridge is a huge single-span suspension bridge, a masterpiece of engineering and is a major attraction for visitors to the area. The Humber Car Museum houses the largest collection in the world of Humber cars, once a favourite of royalty. Whatever the weather, Hull is firmly on the map as a fascinating city and no visit to the north would be complete without spending time here.

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