Heritage & History Of Hull

A City of Tours and Trails

Hull is a city packed with interesting history, quirky facts and funny tales around every corner, explore the city through one of the many tours and trails. Discover the A – Z of fish sculptures in the pavements on the Hull Fish Trail fun for any age. Follow in the footsteps of William Wilberforce who challenged the world to fight slavery, on the Look Up trail you will learn about the history of Whitefriargate as you count and spot things hidden in the architecture or enjoy your favourite tipple in a historic pub along the ale trail.

Prefer to be shown around? Get your cameras at the ready and discover Hull’s many surprises with our English Heritage accredited, highly recommended and extremely knowledgeable tour guide.

History of our time

Hull’s superb Museums Quarter is home to the unmissable Hull and East Riding Museum. Open the doors and enter a world where 235 million years of history are brought to life in spectacular fashion. Amongst one of the most impressive displays of natural history and archaeology in Britain, you’ll find a unique Iron Age sword, Bronze Age warriors and majestic mammoths. 

Next door you will find the Streetlife Museum where you can discover transport through the ages, climb aboard a city tram, ride in a mail coach, checkout the penny farthing and the BMX bikes;  then wander through the Mandela Gardens and you will find yourself at the home of Hull’s most famous son, 18th Century MP William Wilberforce.

The glorious Ferens Art Gallery located in Hull’s Queen Victoria Square  is the longest-established gallery in the city. The permanent collection is a feasts for the eyes with art from the 14th century to the present day, from European Old Masters to modern British, by artists including Lorenzetti, Frans Hals, Antonio Canaletto, Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing.

House of delights

While you’re in the area, why not pop in to the home of the Constable family. Burton Constable Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan country house that’s literally packed to the rafters with splendid furniture, paintings and sculptures that tell the story of its 700 year history. Look out for the library of 5,000 books and the 18th Century ‘cabinet of curiosities’ – until you see it for yourself you can only imagine the strange specimens it holds.

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