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Hull

UK City of Culture Hull has a secret – it isn’t called Hull at all. The real name of Yorkshire’s beefiest seaport is Kingston-upon-Hull, and it says a lot about the character of the place that those frilly first words have been dropped from common usage. Hull’s a lot of things – up and coming new city, cultural surprise, muscular engine of northern trade – but given to excess verbiage it ain’t.

Trains to Hull

Great places to visit in Hull!

Hull’s new-look vitality hasn’t come easy. Originally a seaport of enormous importance, her fortunes slid slowly downhill from the beginning of the 19th century, and didn’t stop dropping until the latter part of the 20th century, by which time former librarian of Hull University and international poet Philip Larkin had referred to her as a “lonely Northern daughter”. Now, though, that daughter is blooming: and in her new clothes, she’s ready to step out and go to the ball.

The Deep Aquarium

The wow factor of The Deep starts on the outside, with the Sir Terry Farrell-designed Millennium Commission exterior – resembling in part a huge child’s game, and the submarine Nautilus from the Captain Nemo stories. Inside, the aquarium is no less impressive: it holds more than half a million gallons of water, and is home to some of the most amazing creatures in the sea. There are seven species of shark on display, tons of teeming tropical fish, and the deepest viewing tunnel in Europe. The Deep’s piece de resistance is its “Endless Oceans” tank, which is 33ft deep and contains some of the biggest and best animals the ocean has to offer!

Great for: Day Trips

Humber Bridge

The massive Humber Bridge is one of the biggest single span suspension bridges on earth, and is a major landmark for the people of the East Riding and of Hull itself. The bridge is located close to the city, and is so wide that vehicles are not allowed to travel faster than 50mph in case the side winds cause sudden lane changes. It’s possible to walk across the Humber Bridge, thanks to walkways similar to those on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The Bridge is a toll route for vehicles. The Bridge took eight years to open, from its commencement in 1973 to the first cars crossing in 1981.

Great for: Sightseeing

Streetlife Museum of Transport

Perfect for families on a day out, the Streetlife Museum of Transport makes the past come alive with a fully recreated 1940s street, a tram and a carriage ride. Kids who love all things wheeled will want to spend the day exploring the bicycles, carriages and cars in the transport museum: and the street scene is a massive hit with everyone, from grandparents to great grandchildren! The Streetlife Museum of Transport holds changing events and exhibitions throughout the year. It opens from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and is open from half past one in the afternoon until half past four on a Sunday.

Great for: Day Trips