The lovely city of Hull can be found on the Yorkshire coast, south of the North York Moors. It is a vibrant coastal city with plenty to offer visitors. From top-class meals to cultural hotspots and stunning sea views, there are so many good reasons to visit Hull. You could surely spend a lot longer than one day exploring but if that’s all you have then this guide should have all the basics covered for a day out in Hull.
Looking out across the bobbing boats of Hull Marina, retro-heaven Thieving Harry’s is the place for a tip-top breakfast experience. From their excellent sourdough bread to the perfectly runny eggs, well seasoned guacamole and delicate smoked salmon – Thieving Harry’s have it all. If you’re after something later in the day, its doors are open late on Friday and Saturday’s for night of grilled cheese sandwiches, bohemian vibes and local bottled beer to wash the whole thing down.
… with a run across the iconic Humber Bridge! What better way to experience what was once the longest suspension bridge in the world. In 2017 it was designated a Grade II Listed building. Whether you admire it from a distance or you do indeed run across it; the Humber Bridge is an impressive sight to behold.
Take a dive
At Hull’s best loved attraction The Deep, you can meet some VIP penguins, be enticed by stunning shark and sting ray displays, and enjoy the interactive games, all in one place. You can watch the fish swim above your heads in the glass tunnel and take the lift all the way to the top – a highlight of any trip to The Deep. Oh, and make you sure time your visit with feeding time so you can watch the divers at work!
Now for lunch, you’ve got a choice (we’re good like that). First up is the Hull institution, the Hull Pie. An award winning bakery, Hull Pie is a local favourite serving up delicious, homely pies at three different locations in the city. Grab it in a takeaway box complete with gravy, chips or peas and take it on your merry way. If you’re after more of a sit-down affair, head to the well loved and equally quirky Lion & Key. Home to a ceiling made of beer mats and a superb pub lunch – from classic fish and chips to a hearty beef curry, you’ll be full up ready for more sight seeing.
One of the best art galleries in Hull is Ferens Art Gallery. At Ferens, you’ll be exposed to a walk through history as you travel gallery by gallery through the Renaissance, onto Eighteenth Century Europe, swiftly through the Victorian era and into Early Twentieth-Century British Art, before finishing with modern and contemporary portraits.
A breath of fresh air
Nope, not the marina – we’re talking about the glorious East Park. Hull’s largest park, this particular spot of greenland opened to the public way back in 1887 and has been bringing in the nature-seekers for long strolls and a hot tea in the cafe. With an outdoor gym, children’s playgrounds, an animal education centre and boating lake – there’s no way you’ll get bored burning a few hours of the late afternoon sun at this beautiful park.
A walk through history
Down the narrow cobbled streets you can hop between the varying eras of architecture and revel in the oh-so quaint vibes of Hull’s Old Town. A great high street destination, it’s home to the Trinity Indoor Market – the perfect place to bag an antique – and St Stephen’s Shopping Centre. Beside the commercial delights, you’ll also find the Streetlife Museum of Transport where you can walk down a recreated 1940’s high street and board one of the infamous trams. Before you go, don’t forget to hit up the Holy Trinity Church – a beautiful building near the museum quarter.
To round out a fabulous day, you deserve a fabulous meal. Option #1) Pub grub. But really, really good pub grub. You’ll find it at the classy Duke of York. There are numerous options to choose from, we’re sure there will be something to take your fancy. Option #2) Some Marina magic at 1884 Dock Street Kitchen. It’s a slightly pricey affair, but well worth it for the often exquisitely presented dishes.