Hull is northeast England’s historical maritime city, located on the coast of Yorkshire. Awarded City of Culture for 2017, you can expect to see a flurry of exciting developments in Hull like new public art installations and contemporary spaces.
Morning: Explore Hull’s Old Town
Start your trip with a stroll around the Old Town, where you can take in Hull’s bygone eras, Georgian and Edwardian architecture and original features. Delve even deeper into the past in the area’s free museums where you can climb aboard a tram at the Streetlife Museum of Transport, or see the life-size woolly mammoth at the East Riding Museum of Archaeology. Shop for souvenirs at the preserved Hepworth Arcade, with local independents Dinsdale's joke shop, Fanthorpe's television store and Beasley's fashion emporium.
Lunch: Relax at Ye Olde White Harte (link is external), located in Old Town. Controversy surrounds this historic, protected pub. Hidden down an alley, for many years its Plotting Parlour was thought to have been where the decision to refuse Charles I entry to Hull in 1642 was made. Order a pint and see if you think the story is true.
Afternoon: Culture and a pint
Do you know your trance from your disco? You soon will after a visit to the world’s only Museum of Club Culture (link is external). Located in Hull’s retro Fruit Market area, this unique space also features regular exhibitions about musical icons and genres.
Then it’s time to put your feet up with a pint at a pub with a difference: The Mission (link is external). Starting life as a Seamen’s Mission in 1866 and housed in the former chapel, it’s all crooked wooden beams and colourful sunlight falling through stained glass windows.
Rated as one of the region’s top hotels in 2016 on TripAdvisor, the Kingston Theatre Hotel (link is external) is situated in Hull’s Old Town. The 28-bedroom Victorian hotel also has the award-winning Clapham Restaurant. Prefer being out of the city centre? Nestled among farmland and offering a laidback yet luxurious stay is The Gardeners Country Inn (link is external). Rooms span from a private lodge to a standard double, so there’s a comfortable stay to suit every pocket. The Lazaat (link is external) is an intimate and comfortable hotel set in elegant gardens. Expect a queen sized bed, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast.
Dinner: A lovely independent Italian
After a long day of exploring Hull, treat yourself at Francesca’s Cucina Italiana (link is external), where the staff are passionate about the food and about locally sourced ingredients.
Morning: Find out more about Hull’s nautical roots
Continuing with its nautical connections as a sea-faring city, visit Hull’s impressive Maritime Museum (link is external) where the history of Hull and the whaler's craft of Scrimshaw are waiting to be discovered. The Museum is housed in the beautiful Victorian Dock Offices in Queen Victoria Square; make sure to admire the architecture before you go inside, as these nautical themed offices were designed by Christopher G Wray, and originally opened in 1871.
Lunch: Have a proper English pie, as well as delicious sides, gourmet sausage rolls, and sweet treats that are all handmade at The Hull Pie (link is external).
Afternoon: Go underwater
Unmissable on Hull’s marina is the impressive building that houses The Deep (link is external), where the story of the world’s oceans are told. Roam round the extensive exhibits of marine life, and see the sharks swim as you take a journey through the scenic elevator. Meet the Submarium’s VIPs – very important penguins – as well as the mesmerising ocean-drifting jellyfish.
Dinner: Dine at a refurbished rope factory
Once a rope factory, 1884 Dock Street Kitchen (link is external) is now a chic chandelier-decked restaurant creating an intimate culinary experience for food lovers. With an array of menus to choose from, its innovative selection ensures there is something to suit everyone’s tastebuds. Great care goes into the selection of their suppliers, including specially chosen wine from Firth & Co.
How to get there:
Hull is in East Riding of Yorkshire (link is external) in northeast England. It’s easily accessible from the nearby city of Leeds (60 minutes by train; 90 minutes by car). It’s 2 hours 27 minutes by train from London.