Hull Essentials

Up and coming city

Whether you're after exciting history, eclectic shopping or entertaining nightlife, Hull has everything you're looking for. This up and coming waterfront city has reinvented itself into a destination that combines its rich heritage with a new and vibrant social scene. And it's waiting to be rediscovered.

Round the clock attractions

The heart of Hull and the historic Old Town are buzzing with activity from dawn 'til dusk. By day you can soak up the sights and explore its maritime heritage on the innovative fish trail - ducking and diving past free museums, family attractions and bustling boutiques. And by night you can catch the city's second wave as it comes alive with the laughter and excitement of diners and theatregoers, all dressed up for some after-hours fun.

Making an entrance

There's no better entrance to Hull than the impressive Humber Bridge. A major tourist attraction in its own right, crossing this magnificent suspension bridge is an experience not to be missed. But your impressive welcome doesn't stop there. Hullensians are a friendly bunch and never miss an opportunity to make you feel at home, whether you're staying at a country house hotel, local B&B or just here for the day.

Hull Old Town

As the city's tour guide, Paul Schofield, often states when taking groups around "don't forget to look up, there's so much to see" and this can be no truer than when exploring the cobbled streets of Hull's Old Town, dominated by the beautiful architecture of the buildings along them. The old High Street is home to the Museums Quarter offering a variety of fascinating museums which form part of Hull's collection of eight free museums including The Streetlife Museum of Transport.

Hull's most celebrated son

With its riverside location, what better place to kick off your time in Hull than at Wilberforce House. This was the birthplace of the city's most famous son, Hull MP and slavery abolitionist, William Wilberforce. He was a leading light in the anti-slavery movement and the museum gives you fascinating insight into his life and times. We're sure he would have approved of today's annual Freedom Festival that celebrates freedom in all its forms.

Trams and tricycles

The Museums Quarter is also home to the rather intriguingly named Streetlife Museum. Get ready to experience the Old Town for real as you step back in time with 200 years of transport history. Walk down a 1940s high street, board a tram and trot along for a carriage ride - hear the sights, sounds and smells of the past feel so real, you'll be wondering where you left your tricycle when this great day out is done.

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