England’s northeast port was given a boost when it was named the UK City of Culture in 2017. Kingston-upon-Hull (or Hull for short) was given a royal charter in 1299, and has been an important centre for the shipping industry over the centuries. Today it shows signs of fresh, modern life with its regenerated waterfront and historic Old Town. Former warehouses and dockyards are now buzzing artists’ studios, hipster cafes and trendy bars with the events calendar to match. Visit the Old Town to see cobbled streets and Georgian architecture, or head to the aquarium to immerse yourself in the sea!
Although it’s experiencing a boom in tourism, Hull’s still closely tied with everything maritime. Visit the Hull Maritime Museum to learn more about its fishing and whaling heritage. Learn more about the efforts of William Wilbeforce to abolish the slave trade by visiting his home and museum, Wilberforce House. Hull Minster is another top attraction, standing over the town for over 700 years, as is the city’s suspension bridge (once the world’s longest). And for a look at life under the waves, visit The Deep aquarium to enjoy close-up views of 3000 different aquatic species, from Gentoo penguins to turtles and sharks.
Hull’s ferry terminal is close in to the city, making it easy to get into the trendy dock area when you’ve arrived. You’ll get in at the King George Dock & Ferries in the city, and from there it’s a short jaunt along the A63 towards Hull City Centre. The closest rail station to the port is Hull Paragon, which connects you with the city centre as well as UK cities from Newcastle to Leeds. If you prefer to travel by bus, take the route that heads to the interchange right next to St Stephen’s shopping centre. Taxis are also an easy option for getting in and around Hull.
The parking options will vary depending on which ferry you’re taking from Hull. The Port of Hull offers several public parking garages. If you’re travelling to Rotterdam, you’ll use the multi-storey car park. Those sailing to Zeebrugge will use the open-air car parks located in front of the cruise terminal. These aren’t general car parks for the public, so you need to pre-arrange your parking permit with your cruise operator or travel agent. You’ll receive a Car Park Permit, which should be displayed on the windscreen before leaving your vehicle. Prices vary depending on your destination!
This traditional fishing port has undergone quite the cultural renaissance in recent years, and its Fruit Market sits at the heart of it all with its blend of independent shops, bars and restaurants. It’s situated right next to the Hull Marina, and houses the Humber Street Gallery which showcases work from exciting contemporary artists. Tear yourself away from the picturesque waterfront and head to East Park for a spot of greenery. This elegant Victorian-era park is filled with recreational outlets for all ages to enjoy. Children love playing in the boating lake and adventure playground, and there’s also a mini zoo with wallabies, peacocks and ponies! There are loads of museums in Hull. If fine art piques your interest, why not visit the Ferens Art Gallery in Queen Victoria Square? It’s hosted the Turner Prize along with works from Francis Bacon and Anthony van Dyck in past exhibitions. The Streetlife Museum of Transport is a fun option for
when you want to explore the city landscape before it was filled with cars. And the Hull and East Riding Museum is truly unique, showcasing artefacts from Britain as it was thousands of years ago. See a woolly mammoth, Iron Age sword, and Yorkshire-sourced dinosaur bones!