It Must Be Hull

For the warmest welcome…It Must Be Hull

We are not going to lie, we’ve missed you. Talking about our favourite city and seeing visitors and residents enjoy what it has to offer is what we love! The famous Hull welcome was always a special one but now it is on another level. Every restaurant, shop, museum, gallery, hotel and more have done their utmost to keep all our visitors feeling safe when they visit and they are so happy to see you. Our freedom has been restricted for so long and we want you to be able to make the most of it now we have (some) freedom again!

For a change of scenery…It Must Be Hull

Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 28 April, 2021. Pictured: Mick Gray

After months of lockdown it is about time we all had a change of scenery. From the peaceful sound of the water lapping against the side of the boats in Hull Marina to the clink of cutlery in your favourite restaurant, it feels good to be out!

Why not take a stroll around the cobbled streets of Hull Old Town? Stop for a drink in Trinity Square under the gaze of Hull Minster or head inside to Trinity Market and see what delights take your fancy from street food to independent shops. Head over to the Museums Quarter where you can book a time slot to visit Streetlife Museum and the Hull & East Riding Museum – you definitely won’t have seen a woolly mammoth during lockdown!

The Deep provides an undeniable change of scenery; penguins, sharks, turtles, rays – an underwater feast for the eyes and an absolute winner with those cooped up kids on a rainy day!

For the best night’s sleep…It Must Be Hull

Who doesn’t deserve a holiday?! We all need a break now more than ever. Whether it’s a one-night stay, a weekend break or a fortnight away from home, we’ve got your needs covered.

Hull offers boutique and budget hotels, serviced apartments, B&Bs and Airbnbs. So whether you’d like a room with a view, a little bit of city-centre luxury or a simple hostel, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for here.

Hideout Hotel, Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 30 April, 2021. Pictured: LtoR Enya Donohoe, Jodie Richardson

If hotels are your thing, check out DoubleTree by Hilton Hull for a spot of luxury and a rooftop bar, or Holiday Inn Hull Marina for views of the bobbing boats and easy distance to the Fruit Market Hull’s quirky cultural quarter.

Other centrally-located chain hotels include Premier Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Travelodge, Admiral of the Humber Wetherspoon, Ibis and the Royal Hotel, located next door to the train station. For a hostel, try Hull Trinity Backpackers Hostel, conveniently located next door to Trinity Market right in the heart of our historic old town.

For food and friends…It Must Be Hull

Breaking bread with friends and family is something that has been missing from all our lives recently so there has never been a better time to book that table, message those friends and enjoy a taste of our city.

From breakfast to dinner, the cool Humber Street is vibrant and bustling. From Tapas to Pizza, Indian to Fish and Chips. Grab a seat and watch the world go by. You’ll also find Humber Street Distillery here – try their specially created award-winning bespoke Hull gin or sample one of their other 100 different varieties of gin! If you prefer to get more hands on, visit Hotham Gin School & Distillery on Whitefriargate where you can tailor make a gin of your very own. If you’re after a rooftop view, Lexington Rooftop Bar & Terrace is a cocktail bar on the top floor of the Doubletree by Hilton with killer views across the city.

Corn Exchange, Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 17 March, 2021. Pictured: Nick Kirman, Atom

We can’t forget to mention Hull’s host of pubs, bars and coffee shops. Most with excellent wifi for a bit of outdoor working while the sun is shining! Head to Princes Dock Street for some al fresco dining or over to Trinity Square where you can grab a bench and spend the afternoon sampling from all the pubs, restaurants and Trinity Market’s fine range of cuisine.

Explore the science of beer with Hull-brewers Atom Brewing Co @ The Corn Exchange. The Sailmakers on High Street in Hull Old Town is the place to go for pie and a pint. The award-winning Old House by Shoot The Bull is an exciting Gastropub in the oldest domestic building on historical Scale Lane, where you’ll find freshly prepared food, over 20 gins, 40 craft beers and historical surroundings, while a unique beer mat ceiling can be found at The Lion and Key in High Street along with an array of speciality beers and local delicacy the Hull Pattie!

For great days out…It Must Be Hull

With weekends, bank holidays and six weeks of the summer holidays to fill, we all need some easy breezy ideas for summer days!

Let’s face it, family days out can be expensive, so let’s start by mentioning our fabulous FREE museums and galleries. From the 19th of July there will no longer be a requirement to book slots to visit.

– Ferens Art Gallery not only has one of the finest regional art collections in the country, it has an interactive children’s gallery.

– Museum Quarter on High Street where you can take a spin through the ages in the Streetlife Museum or marvel at the giant mammoths at the Hull and East Riding Museum.

– The magnificent Maritime Museum may be closed for refurbishment but you can still enjoy Yorkshire’s only waterfront city by following the Fish Trail – 41 life-sized fish hidden in Hull’s cobbled pavements, from a tiny anchovy to a 10ft ray.

– Humber Street Gallery is home to a range of temporary exhibitions (although note sometimes these are for adults only so please check before visiting)

– It’s not technically a museums but the family trail ‘Look Up’ is a perfect way to keep the kids entertained counting and spotting things along Whitefriargate and best of all they can claim a certificate at the end!

The Deep, Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 28 April, 2021. Pictured: Lloyd Wilkinson

Have you even been to Hull if you haven’t stepped inside The Deep where you can explore prehistoric seas, tropical lagoons, vast open oceans and the chilly polar realm. With more than 5,000 animals, including sharks, rays, turtles and penguins.

Plus a must-see for dinosaur fans, head to Humber Street for Dinostar, Hull’s very own children’s dinosaur museum. Ideal for children of all ages, be amazed by the size of a T-Rex skull, touch Triceratops bones and try your hand at building a volcano. Both Dinostar and The Deep offer great value annual passes for all those return visits!

For turtles and trails…It Must Be Hull

Hull is a largely pedestrianised city perfectly sized to explore on foot with a plethora of trails to see the city in a new light.

From secret alleyways where monumental moments of history unfolded and pretty public squares and parklands to marinas, docklands and riverside boardwalks – why not put on some comfy shoes and (re)discover Hull’s hidden secrets. If you get tired en route, don’t worry, there are plenty of places to refuel.

● The Fish Trail – go hunting for hidden fish on this family-friendly trail.

● The Blue Plaque Trail – learn more about the city’s rich heritage as you hunt for blue plaques.

● The Ale Trail – this trail takes you to some of the oldest pubs in the city.

● The Statue Trail – learn the history behind famous Hullensians.

● The Look Up Trail – learn about the history of Whitefriargate as you count and spot things hidden in the architecture. Perfect for kids.

● The Larkin Trail – explore the town through a poet’s eye.

● The Blitz Trail – the story of the Hull Blitz through the people and places that experienced it, using this downloadable self-guided walking trail.

● The Wilberforce Trail – Follow in the steps of William Wilberforce.

Fancy a hike rather than a trail? The Wilberforce Way is a 60-mile linear trail devised to mark the bicentenary of the 1807 Act of Parliament abolishing British involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Taking in places of special importance in the struggle for human freedom, the walks can be completed as a series of short day walks.

Tour Guide Paul Schofield

Prefer to be shown around? If you’d prefer a guide to show you around, get your cameras and notebooks at the ready and discover Hull’s surprises with our English Heritage accredited, highly recommended and extremely knowledgeable guide. Enjoy one of the daily 90-minute tours from Queen Victoria Square.