When visiting Hull, get ready for a day of exploring quirky museums, snuggly pubs, and picturesque buildings on the shores of the Humber River. To make your time this port city worthwhile, check out our guide to the best things to do in Hull.

    This former industrial hub is home to an utterly charming Old Town, a fascinating art scene, and architecture that allows you to travel back in time. Hull – an abbreviation for Kingston-Upon-Hull – suffered from major destruction in WWII but has since rebuilt itself to become a vibrant cultural hotspot in East Yorkshire.

    What are the best things to do in Hull?

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    Hull Old Town

    The historic quarter with landmarks and cobbled streets

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    Hull Old Town is the city’s central district, with cobbled streets, brick facades, and historical sights to explore. One of the eye-catchers is Hull Minster, and after delving into this majestic church, you can continue the journey with a stop at the Wilberforce House Museum. Learn about West African culture and the life of William Wilberforce, a politician who campaigned against slave trading. 

    The nearby Hands on History Museum is an excellent spot to dive deeper into Hull and England during the Victorian era.

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    Hull Minster

    The city’s most magnificent church

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    Hull Minster is the radiant centrepiece of Hull’s Old Town. This outstanding gothic cathedral dates to the 14th century. Inside, you’ll find towering arches, hand-carved ornaments, and spectacular stained-glass windows. Join a guided tour to learn more about the church’s prized feature, the Bells of the Minster. You’ll tour up to the top of the clock tower, where panoramic views of Hull await. 

    It’s recommended to come back at night to watch the church from Trinity Square. Vibrant lights illuminate the church after sunset, which is a remarkable sight.

    Location: S Church Side, Hull HU1 2JJ, UK

    Open: Thursday–Saturday from noon to 3 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 12.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1482 224460

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    Queens Gardens

    Blooming flowers and fountains for relaxation

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    The Queens Gardens is a 4-ha oasis in the heart of Hull. This terrain used to be the largest boating dock in the UK, making it a key location in Hull’s maritime history. In 1930, the dock transformed into the Queens Gardens.

    Whether you’re after a relaxing picnic or a quick stroll, the Queens Gardens surprises you with vibrant flowerbeds, fountains, and ponds. The Queens Gardens often hosts concerts and events, such as the annual YUM Festival and Freedom Festival.

    Open: 24/7

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    Ferens Art Gallery

    Works of art from different styles and eras

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    Ferens Art Gallery has been an established art venue in East Yorkshire since its opening in 1927. The gallery displays a variety of paintings and sculptures, from works of old European maestros to contemporary British art.

    Ferens Art Gallery has 12 exhibits for you to discover, with themes like Renaissance and Baroque, 18th-Century Europe, and The Netherlands. When travelling with kids, the ‘Explore Art’ section is great for young explorers to play around. They can create their artworks, play games, and learn about painting techniques.

    Location: Queen Victoria Square, Carr Ln, Hull HU1 3RA, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 4.30 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1482 300300

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    Streetlife Museum of Transport

    A place to learn about Hull's transport development over the years

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    The Streetlife Museum of Transport offers a fun and educational insight of Hull's history. Upon entering, you'll enjoy a historical trip to Hull’s development over the last 2 centuries. The main alley inside the museum displays an old station with shops such as pharmacies, a toy shop, and an old candy store.

    Highlights include the wonderfully preserved buses, trams, and among Britain's oldest cars. Jump aboard a double-decker tram, see how notable people have driven around in exquisite carriages, and explore early 20th-century station buildings and steam locomotives.

    Location: High St, Hull HU1 1PS, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 4.30 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1482 300300

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    The Deep

    A magnificent aquarium with remarkable sea creatures

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    The Deep is a magnificent aquarium with various aquatic species to marvel at. Occupying a hypermodern building on the shores of the Humber River, it’s home to 50 habitats, ranging from tropical coral reefs to the mysterious depths of the ocean.

    You can walk from tank to tank and meet over 5,000 species like the grey reef shark, green sawfish, and the gentoo penguin. The Deep uses its profit for conservation and breeding purposes. It’s possible to have an exclusive dining experience in the tunnel, as you sit down for a meal while the rays and sharks circle above your head.

    Location: Tower St, Hull HU1 4DP, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1482 381000

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    Burton Constable Hall & Grounds

    A fabulous country house where you can go back in time

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    The Burton Constable Hall & Grounds is one of England's most well-preserved country houses. This 16th-century complex hosts exhibitions with historical artefacts. The best way to discover this grand house is via a tour, which takes you to 30 rooms full of paintings and elegant furniture. The staff regularly hosts workshops and events, such as a Ghost Stories Tour in the dark and weaving classes.

    The historic landmark is around 9 miles east of Hull's city centre. Burton Constable Hall & Grounds has a gift shop and the Stables Kitchen, where you can end your visit with a classic afternoon tea.

    Location: Skirlaugh, Hull HU11 4LN, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from noon to 4 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1964 562400

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    Hull & East Riding Museum

    Archaeological findings that show Hull's past

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    The Hull & East Riding Museum is a compelling stop for history enthusiasts and kids alike, with exhibitions on ancient civilisations and archaeological finds. Through the displays, you’ll get an idea of how life was in East Yorkshire in the past.

    Get close to a giant mammoth, enter a recreated Roman settlement, and admire a dinosaur bone found by a local archaeologist. Other unique items in the gallery’s collection include a Roman mosaic floor, a Viking sword, and fine examples of ancient pottery. Informational plaques provide you with interesting facts about the artefacts and displays.

    Location: 36 High St, Hull HU1 1NQ, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1482 300300

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    Humber Bridge

    Walk or bike on Britain’s longest suspension bridge

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    When Humber Bridge opened in 1981, it was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. Crossing the Humber River west of Hull, the 2,200-metre-long icon is a noteworthy structure in the Yorkshire district. It’s best to cross the bridge on foot or by bicycle to get an impression of its sheer size and brilliant engineering.

    Humber Bridge is still among the world’s longest bridges where pedestrians and cyclists can cross. Observe the bridge from a distance in the Humber Bridge Country Park, a lush reserve with ponds, wildlife, and benches on the riverside.

    Open: 24/7

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    Humber Street

    A pretty lane lined with local pubs and restaurants

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    Humber Street is a picturesque lane with boutique shops, quirky cafes, and art galleries. It used to be Hull’s centre of commerce, as various fruit and potato merchants were based here. Today, the street a wonderful place to end the day, thanks to vibrant pubs and restaurants lining both sides.

    Step inside the Humber Street Distillery to soak up the classic interior and sample its signature gins. Looking for an after-dinner activity? Check out abstract art at Humber Street Gallery or dinosaur exhibits at Dinostar.

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    Huub Lakerveld | Contributing Writer

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