Visit Hull

Hull may not be the obvious destination for a weekend break, but the northeast city, which was voted City of Culture in 2017, has plenty to see and do.

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Getting to Hull and Accommodation

Hull's main railway station is in the city centre, and offers direct service to London as well as other UK cities, and it's also easy to access the motorway network from Hull. The city is extremely walkable and encourages visitors to see the sights on foot, while it is also located next to several national cycle routes. Several town trails highlight different aspects of the Old Town, such as Georgian or Edwardian architecture, or the fishing industry. For a place to stay in hull bed and breakfast places can be found all over the city, along with a good selection of newer hotels and there are campsites within easy reach.

Museums and History

Hull is home to several excellent museums, most of which are conveniently located together in the Museum Quarter, and which are free to visit. The Wilberforce Museum highlights the legacy of William Wilberforce, local MP and slavery abolitionist, while the Maritime Museum explores the area's trawling, fishing and whaling history. And not to be missed is the Museum of Transportation, along with the Deep, one of the best aquariums in the UK, with over 3,000 fish and sea creatures. The Hull New Theatre hosts a year round programme of popular shows and touring productions, while the city's municipal art gallery has paintings ranging from maritime scenes to contemporary works. History is everywhere in Hull's Old Town area, including the place where the first Marks and Spencer's store was established, as well as what is supposedly the smallest window in the world, in the wall of the historic George Hotel.

Further Afield

One reason why Hull makes a good weekend destination is its proximity to some of the most beautiful countryside in the northeast. The rolling moorland and small towns and villages of North Yorkshire are a short drive away, and the historic city of York also makes an easy day trip. In fact, York has far more to see and do than you could fit into a day, including the Minster, city walls, Castle Museum, National Railway Museum and a variety of unique and fascinating shops. The traditional seaside resorts of Bridlington and Scarborough are also ideal destinations for families, regardless of the season.