Hull is a city located in the East Riding county of Yorkshire. What was once a whaling and fishing port is now a thriving cultural city. While Hull is still known for being a major seaport, the city is also gaining a reputation for being a vibrant cosmopolitan city home to an array of excellent shops, restaurants, theatres and museums. The city also has a rich heritage, home to numerous impressive Victorian buildings and striking architecture elsewhere throughout the city. There are plenty of ways to soak up Hull’s culture too. The city is home to numerous excellent museums, innovatively designed with hands-on exhibits, while sport happens to be very popular here.
A hatchback is excellent for negotiating Hull’s narrow streets, should you drive in the city. It’s also spacious for all the family and fuel efficient should you decide to explore the surrounding area.
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Important things to note
There are ample car parking facilities in and around the city centre including multi-storey and pay and display car parks. On-street parking is rare and usually for a limited time only.
Most areas of interest in the city centre are accessible on foot. It’s recommended to avoid driving in the city centre the city’s narrow roads can be congested and hard to navigate.
Hull has excellent transport links both to north and south of England thanks to its proximity to the M62 and A15.
Highlights & Hotspots
Culture vultures should head to the city’s Museum Quarter – an area of the city home to an array of excellent museums. The Hull and East Riding Museum is where you’ll discover the city’s heritage with local archaeological artefacts making up the bulk of the exhibits.
Take a trip to The Deep, Hull’s world class conservation aquarium, home to thousands of species. This massive aquarium stretches 10m deep and overlooks the Humber estuary. Visitors will have the opportunity to see various sea life such as sharks, stingrays and eels.
Enjoy an afternoon of retail therapy at Princes Quay shopping centre, where you’ll find an array of shops, cafes and restaurants. Beyond the shopping centre, Whitefriargate is another main shopping high street which has numerous shops as well as independent boutiques and quirky cafes and bars.
For those who want to experience the great outdoors, the Larkin trail offers excellent hiking opportunities. This self-guided orienteering trail commences at the train station at the Phillip Larkin statue and takes walkers on a tour through places that have inspired some of Larkin’s poetry.
Humberside International Airport is located approximately three miles south of Hull city centre and is accessible via the A15 on the Humber Bridge. The A15 will connect to the A18, taking you to the airport.
Another nearby airport is Doncaster-Sheffield Robin Hood Airport, which can be reached via the Humber Bridge and the M180.