You’ll be surprised by Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire’s best-kept secret. Steeped in history, yet very much a bustling modern city, it “just might be England’s nicest”, says Time Out.
With a vibrant cultural scene, lashings of fine restaurants, oodles of cafes and bars and bagfuls of contemporary shopping, this a city crammed with style and panache. Renowned for its friendliness and hospitality, you can tell it’s something special the moment you feel its big-city buzz.
There’s something for everyone here: eight fantastic free museums, including the Ferens Art Gallery - one of the UK’s finest - and Wilberforce House, birthplace of anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce; three theatres, including the nationally recognised Hull Truck; and the world’s only submarium The Deep, with its astonishing underwater lift and breathtaking views of stingray, turtles, sawfish and sharks.
The Old Town offers a glimpse of life in Hull’s Georgian heyday, with its narrow cobbled streets, hidden staiths (alleyways) and evocative street names. This is where you’ll find the mysterious Land of Green Ginger.
Over in the New Town, there’s shopping to drop for, with the recently developed “all-weather high street” St Stephen’s vying with the Prospect Centre and the spectacularly sited Princes Quay.
And if, after sampling all of its many attractions, you feel like venturing further afield, Hull is surrounded by extraordinary vistas – from the stunning and dramatic Yorkshire Coast to the tranquil beauty of the Wolds, and the glorious Dales and Moors national parks. York, Leeds and Lincoln are all within easy reach, too.
Hull has it all – come and see for yourself!