Inside Hull – what to see and do, where to eat and shop

OK, Hull isn’t technically the UK’s City of Culture any more. But the party definitely isn’t over – and there are plenty of surprises in store for visitors. Here are some of the don’t miss sights. 

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Under the sea

Dive into The Deep in Hull, the futuristic aquarium rises from the waters like a giant sea monster. Adults and kids can come face-to-face with the creatures living below the waves both now and 145 million years ago with a mix of 3D displays and seawater pools. Journey through the world’s oceans, see over 3500 species, and don’t miss a trip in the lift through the middle of the central pool filled with rays, sharks, turtles and a saw fish. It’s an immersive experience for the entire family, especially younger members who can get hands on with sea creatures in the touchpool.

Life on the ocean waves

Hull has a rich cultural heritage which you can discover at the Hull Maritime Museum. Learn all about the seafaring people who called Hull home, their journeys far across the world and deep into the arctic, and the whaling that made Hull’s fortunes for years. You could also combine this with a visit to the Arctic Corsair which you’ll find on the River Hull. This former deep sea trawler is now a museum giving a flavour of life at sea.

Art everywhere

Hull boasts some brilliant art galleries that are free to visit. Ferens in Queen Victoria Square has a vast permanent collection including works by Canaletto and Hockney. As well as spaces for travelling exhibitions, which bring a steady stream of art from around the world to the city. During 2017 there was even more artwork on display, a trend which is sure to continue.

Get cultured

Humber Street plays host to Fruit, a cultural space in the old fruit district (you see what they did there?). Year round you’ll find a calendar full of theatre, live music, side-splitting comedy as well as markets and vintage fairs.

Hitting the shops

Who doesn’t enjoy a spot of retail therapy? St. Stephen’s has the usual high street options as does Prince Quay, but if you’re looking for something a little different, head for the grand Hepworth Arcade (which was home to one of Mr Mark’s and Mr Spencer’s first shops). Trinity Indoor market is home to lots of brilliant independent retailers where you’re sure to pick up a bargain.