What to do
Museums & Attractions
(All Hull’s museums are free of charge, as is the Ferens art gallery).
Arctic Corsair – real trawlermen share their experiences on board the 1960s sidewinder trawler permanently berthed on the River Hull.
The Deep – a magnificent building by award-winning architect Sir Terry Farrell, in an unbeatable location. The world’s first submarium is home to sharks, turtles, sawfish and stingray. Experience the world’s only underwater lift and enjoy refreshments on the viewing platform high above the Humber Estuary.
The Ferens – one of the country’s finest art galleries, with an internationally renowned permanent collection, including masterpieces by Canaletto, Franz Hals, Fred Elwell, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
Guildhall Collection – houses a high-quality public collection that includes fine art, sculpture, furniture, the civic insignia and silver.
Hands on History Museum – housed in the old Grammar School – a Tudor building c 1583, where Wilberforce studied, providing a fascinating glimpse into Victorian Hull, together with the Egyptian Gallery, which boasts a genuine 2,600-year-old mummy.
History Centre – houses archives and local studies resources from the council and University of Hull.
Hull & East Riding Museum – see a full-size woolly mammoth, an iron-age village and some of the UK’s finest Roman mosaics as you discover the area’s history.
Maritime Museum – discover Hull’s rich maritime history, the story of whaling and deep-sea fishing in the frozen Arctic seas, on display in the former Town Dock Offices.
Spurn Lightship – an insight into the life of the Humber estuary.
Streetlife Museum – chronicling 200 years of transport in Hull, with fine examples of vintage trams, buses, trains and cars, interspersed with exciting interactive displays.
Victoria Pier and the Humber promenade: walk from the Marina to the Deep by the side of the majestic Humber estuary, with its sweeping views of north Lincolnshire. Victoria Pier opened in 1847 and was once the main terminal for ferries to the south bank. Don’t miss the Horse Wash, historic Minerva pub and the upcoming Fruit Market.
Wilberforce House – the birthplace and residence of anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce, now a museum revealing the story of the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition, as well as the impact of contemporary slavery.
Culture & Night Life
Hull New Theatre – premier touring-theatre venue in the Georgian splendour of Kingston Square.
Hull Truck theatre – home to acclaimed playwright John Godber.
Hull City Hall – versatile venue hosting rock, pop, classical music and comedy.
Hull Arena – Olympic-sized ice rink and concert venue.
Adelphi Club – nationally respected live underground music venue.
Newland Avenue – independent cafes and alternative bars.
Princes Avenue – the bohemian “Notting Hill” of Hull, with cafes, bars and first-class restaurants.
Clubs include Pozition, Sugarmill, the Piper, the Welly, Asylum, Fuel and Spiders.
Parks & Gardens
Pearson Park – Period grandeur and a Victorian conservatory housing tropical plants, birds, reptiles and fish.
Pickering Park – beautiful ornamental gardens and aviaries.
East Park – Hull’s largest, with animal education centre, deer park, water sports and cafe.
West Park – next to the KC Stadium, with aviaries and wide open spaces.
Queens Gardens – a lovely, open space in the centre of the city . Once the largest dock in the UK, these days it’s perfect for picnics and a regular venue for music and events during the summer.
Ale Trail – a tour of the city’s oldest pubs, including Ye Olde White Harte where, according to legend, the Civil War started in the Plotting Room in 1642.
Humber Bridge – enjoy stunning views of Hull, the Humber and northeast Lincolnshire on a leisurely stroll across this iconic bridge, one of the world’s longest single-span suspension bridges.
Humber Bridge Country Park & Nature Reserve – explore woodland trails in the shadow of the bridge.
Fish Trail – Hull’s unique pavement – an A-Z of fish, creating a tour of the historic Old Town.
Wilberforce Trail – follow in the footsteps of the anti-slavery campaigner and learn about the city as he would have known it.
Wolds Way – 79 miles from the banks of the River Humber through rolling hills and vales to Filey Brigg.
Princes Quay – modern shopping centre built on stilts over the former dock from which it takes its name.
Prospect Centre – modern shopping centre with a range of big-name shops.
St Stephen’s – the indoor high street. Covered shopping mall full of high-street chains.
Sports & Leisure
KC Stadium – home to Hull City football club and Hull FC rugby league club.
Costello Stadium – home of athletics in Hull.
Craven Park – home to Hull Kingston Rovers rugby league club.
Hull Arena – Olympic-sized ice rink and concert venue.
Ennerdale, Haltemprice and Woodford Leisure Centres & pools – on Albert Avenue, Beverley Road and Holderness Road.
Springhead Park Golf Course – wooded parkland course.
Sutton Park Golf Course – parkland course carved out of mature woodland.
Hull hosts plenty of colourful festivals, among them:.
May: Hull Carnival, including the Lord Mayor’s Parade.
June – July: Humber Mouth Literature Festival.
July: Hull Jazz Festival; Sea Shanty Festival.
September: Hull Freedom Festival.
October: Hull Fair – the largest travelling fair in Europe, dating back to 1293; Hull International Short Film Festival (Glimmer).
October-November: Hull Comedy Festival.
For details, see VHEY.
Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield – beautiful Elizabethan architecture and award-winning garden.
Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh – Elizabethan splendour in a 300-acre park.
Castle Howard, near York – location for Brideshead Revisited.
Sledmere House, Sledmere – 18th century house with walled gardens and deer park.
Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Bridlington – award-winning gardens, museum, art gallery and tea rooms.
Monument’s & Churches
Beverley Minster – not a cathedral, but reputedly England’s most impressive church. Fine, 13th-century gothic architecture.
Holy Trinity – More than 700 years old, this is England’s largest parish church.
Howden Minster – partially ruined collegiate church in a pleasant market town.
St Charles Borromeo – grade II listed, with a colourful rococo interior.
St Mary the Virgin, Lowgate – ancient church dating back to the early 14th century.
Beverley – medieval market town with racecourse and the Westwood common pastureland.
Flamborough Head – dramatic clifftop walks and secluded bays (beware tides).
Fort Paull – Napoleonic fortress beside the Humber estuary.
RSPB Bempton Cliffs Reserve – spectacular cliff-top walks and views of more than 200,000 nesting seabirds, including gannets and puffins (Apr–Sep).
Spurn Point – unique coastal reserve with a long sandy spit stretching 3.5 miles into the Humber Estuary from the Holderness Coast.
The great British seaside at Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby.