Kingston upon Hull is a salty old sea dog of a place in the North of England, with a proud seafaring past. It’s been battered not just by rough seas but by the Luftwaffe who virtually destroyed it during the Second World War. In fact, a staggering 95% of its houses were damaged or destroyed, making it the most severely bombed of Britain’s cities apart from London. Hull just can’t seem to escape the bombs with recent research suggesting that an unexploded bomb might be lurking underneath a hip new development, aptly called The Boom.
Hull has recently undergone some much-needed restoration – the new Humber Quays development cost over £165 million and the grade II indoor Edwardian Trinity Market has also been given a makeover. A fun way to see the city is to take the Seven Seas Fish Trail which is an impressive example of public art – sea-inspired sculptures across the city take you around - to the electric eel outside the electricity substation. Where do you suppose they put the shark? Outside the bank. Where else?
Unusually for a city, Hull doesn’t have a cathedral but who needs one when you’ve got Holy Trinity Church – a huge 15th Century structure with a high vaulted interior worthy of one.
HULL’S TOP 10
10.Hull’s Hands on History Museum has yummy mummys and grimy Victorians and everything inbetween.
5. Hull New Theatre caters for all cultural cravings from ballet to musicals and drama and opera.
9. The Deep A building shaped like a ship containing an aquarium with over 3.500 tropical fish, sharks and rays – the world’s only submarium.
4. The Guildhall Marble floors, oak panelling and fine art and silver will make you see how the other half lived.
8. Quad Biking Hull 120 acres at your disposal to tear around, along with a host of other activities.
3. Hull Maritime Museum For all you landlubbers it’s time to find out about all things sea-related including a full sized whale skeleton.
7. Hull Arena A cooler than cool Olympic sized ice rink. If your Bambi On Ice isn’t impressing, head for the bar.
2. Streetlife Museum Take a break from the 21st Century and see how we travelled before cars took over our lives.
6. Dinostar is an interactive dinosaur attraction. Touch Triceratops’ bones and marvel at a T Rex skull, complete with sounds from the Dinosaur Box.
1. Wilberforce House Museum Testament to the man who campaigned to abolish slavery. Make a well-deserved journey.
The Hull Freedom Festival in September is a fab fun-packed weekend of comedy, music, dance and performance art.
Hipsters and hepcats will be in seventh heaven when the Hull Jazz Festival takes over town for ten days in July all across town.
Celebrate the past and the present at Hull’s Veterans weekend in July. Go watch the WWI and WWII re-enactments, military vehicles and traditional fairground attractions.
Bookworms and music lovers love the Humber Mouth Literature Festival in September when authors, speakers, musicians and singers travel to Hull to entertain.
Eight days of fun and frolics take place in October when Europe’s biggest travelling fair comes to Hull. With 250 attractions there’s sure to be something to amuse.
If it’s May then it must be time for the Hull Carnival and Lord Mayor’s Parade.
If you’re mad about Motors get yourself down to the Hull Motor Show in September to see classic cars, custom bikes, big trucks and remote control boats.
No need to get press-ganged to visit Hull’s Maritime Festival in July, the Marina’s the place to experience open-air performances of sea songs and shanties.
If you like your food with a side dish of street entertainment, music and comedy you can’t beat the Yum Food Festival at the end of July.
Remember remember it’s Bonfire Night on the 5th of November in Hull so treat yourself to a spectacular firework display, with DJs on hand to add to the party spirit.
WHEN TO GO
· Hull has a temperate maritime climate with weather which is liable to change on a daily basis, but warm air from the Gulf Stream makes Hull quite mild considering its Northern latitude. Hull is also quite sunny and dry in comparison with many other northern towns.
· The absolute maximum temperature is nearly 35°C, but the temperature on an average sunny day would never usually exceed 28°C and would more commonly be around 25°C. Temperatures during a particularly cold winter could drop far below zero with quite a few overnight ground frosts, but an average low would usually be no lower than 2°C.
· November is normally the wettest month of the year with rain falling overall on around 110 days a year which means – there’s a reasonably good chance of catching a shower during a stay.
GETTING TO GO
Hull’s bus station is on Ferensway, which just north of Hull Railway station. National Express operate a service into London which takes 5 and three quarter hours – twice a day, and one to Manchester which takes just over four hours. It’s possible to get very competitively priced seats if you book in advance.
Hull has excellent rail links both to the north and the south of the UK a well as to York in the west – a journey which takes around 1 and a quarter hours.
The Ferry Port is at King George Dock, around 3 miles from the centre of Hull and accessible by bus from the train station.
11 hotels in Hull
This beautiful 28 bedroom Victorian hotel is situated in the heart of Hulls historic old town, overlooking the Kingston Square Gardens and opposite the Hull New Theatre. All rooms are comfortable... More
Offering outstanding views across the picturesque Marina, this property is an ideal place to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding. GeneralThis property offers well-appointed conference rooms for... More
Express By Holiday Inn Hull City Centre is a fine property offering all the modern facilities and luxuries required by the guests today. GeneralGuests on business can avail any of the 4 meeting... More
Offering excellent accommodation and quality services, The Mercure Hull Royal Hotel is a perfect place for business and leisure travellers. GeneralThe Hotel also provides beautifully decorated... More
Mercure Hull West Hotel provides cosy and comfortable accommodations for both business and leisure travellers to the historic city. Located just 8 kilometres away from the city centre, Mercure Hull... More
Ideally placed at the heart of the city and offering pleasant accommodation, the Portland Hotel Hull invites you for an exciting stay in Hull. GeneralThe Kingston Suite and Paragon suites are... More
At Campanile Hotels and Restaurants, everything is tailored to ensure you have a pleasant stay. Whether its leisure or a business trip, you can enjoy our modern and comfortable rooms with features... More
BEST WESTERN Willerby Manor Hotel Hull is one of the highest rated AA hotels in the Willerby area. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, it provides a casual setting for overnight or long term stays.... More
Featuring an elegant decor and a warm hospitality, the BEST WESTERN The Lairgate Hotel Beverley welcomes you for an unforgettable vacation. GeneralThis property also offers a reception desk who... More