Awarded the UK City of Culture in 2017, Hull may not immediately conjure up images of a popular tourist destination, but this intriguing town, steeped in history, is a fascinating place to visit.
Here’s a list of our favourite things to do in Hull, from museums to visit, fun trails to discover and even a Napoleonic fortress to conquer!
Tower Street, Hull, HU9 1TU.
Claiming to be one of the best aquariums in the world, this spectacular attraction is a great place to visit in Hull to learn and see first-hand about the world’s oceans and marine life.
Home to over 5,000 animals, you can marvel at amazing marine life including magnificent sharks and rays, the UK’s only pair of Green sawfish, a colony of Gentoo penguins, Loggerhead sea turtles and more.
A really fun thing to do in Hull, you can catch the daily dive show at 2pm, penguin feeds at 11:30am & 3:30pm as well as getting hands on in a touch pool session with some animals native to British shores. Take a walk through the viewing tunnel and finish your visit with a ride in the glass lift through the 10-metre Endless Ocean tank. A great family friendly attraction!
Hull’s Old Town & Fish Trail
A novel way of exploring the streets of Hull is to follow the ‘Fish Trail’. Collect a trail leaflet free of charge from the Tourist Information Centre and follow the myriad of metal fish that have been added to the pavements beneath you. There’s a free certificate if you complete the trail!
Ferriby Road, Hessle, HU13 OJG.
Once the world’s longest suspension bridge, the views from the Humber Bridge are stunning on a sunny day. The 2220-meter bridge spans the River Humber and connects Barton-upon-Humber with Hessle. With a designated footpath, you can complete a circular walk across the bridge and back – a fun, free thing to do in Hull. Once over in Hessle, take a walk around Hessle Foreshore and venture into the realm of little Switzerland and top it off with a drink and something to eat at The Country Park Inn. The route has a good collection of signposts and navigation is simple.
Streetlife Museum of Transport
High Street, Hull city centre, HU1 1PS.
Another free thing to do in Hull is the Streetlife Museum, located in Hull’s beautiful High Street. Experience 200 years of transport history as you walk down a 1940’s high street, board a tram or enjoy the pleasures of our carriage ride. Great for the kids, make sure you save time to nip into the arcade and play the old machines.
Battery Road, Paull, Hull HU12 8FP
Explore 500 years of history on the banks of the Humber Estuary by visiting Yorkshire’s only remaining Napoleonic fortress. Built in 1542 and commissioned by Henry VIII as a defence for the thriving Humber Ports, the remains of this fort are interesting to visit as you can go back in time to past battles, and see impressive exhibits such as the world’s only surviving Blackburn Beverley aircraft.
Holderness Road, Hull, HU8 8JU.
When the kids need to run off some steam or you fancy a picnic on a sunny day, this Victorian park in east Hull has plenty to keep you occupied. There’s an adventure playground, a boating lake, plenty of space to run and even the famous ‘splashboat’. You can climb replicas of the Khyber Pass, stop for an ice cream in the café and meet all sorts of animals including peacocks, wallabies, ostriches, emus, ponies and more.
There are plenty more things to do in Hull – it’s best to start off with a visit to the town’s Tourist Information Centre for a map and full details. If you’re looking for a great place to stay with the children then take a look at our Yorkshire caravan park, located close by to Hull.