Learn about our city’s history and heritage in one of Hull’s museums, starting in the Museums Quarter. The Hull and East Riding Museum is part of the Museums Quarter and gives you the chance to explore Hull’s history from 250,000 BC to today and come face to face with a wooly mammoth. You can find out about Hull’s maritime and seafaring history at the Maritime Museum. Stop in to hear stories from across the city’s past at the Hull History Centre, or at Hull People’s Memorial Exhibition Centre, and celebrate the legacy of Hull’s most famous son William Wilberforce (MP and champion of the abolitionist movement) at his birthplace Wilberforce House.
East Park is Hull’s biggest park, which opened in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Complete with 16 acre boating lake and swan pedallo boats, East Park is also home to a listed Wicksteed splash boat dating all the way back to 1929. Their animal education centre is a big hit with young visitors, who can get face to face with alpacas, wallabies and peacocks (as well as snakes, beetles and tarantulas if they dare). Pickering Park boasts a beautiful fishing lake and a fine collection of native and exotic trees, add in the ornamental gardens and summer paddling pool and you’ve got the makings of a great day out.
Head down the Avenue’, to Pearson Park – the first public park in Hull. Larkin spent much of his time in Hull living in a house overlooking the park and it’s easy to see why. West Park sits next to the KC Stadium and has some of the city’s best sporting facilities, as well its own model railway. The annual Hull Fair (Europe’s largest travelling funfair) happens each October next to West Park too.
Trails and Walks:
Pick up a City Walking Trail booklet, from the Welcome Information Centre at Paragon Interchange, packed with fun and inspirational trails and walks including:
- The Fish Trail (follow the 41 fish in the pavements, from the Warty Doris and Lumpsucker – to the wonderful Brill).
- The Blue Plaque Trail.
- The Wilberforce Trail, a chance to follow in the footsteps of William Wilberforce.
- The Statue Trail.
- The Museums and Galleries Trail.
- The Lord Mayor’s Centenary Plaque Trail.
- The Larkin Trail