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The port city of Kingston upon Hull in England’s East Riding of Yorkshire is 80km east of Leeds and 55km south-east of York and its population of almost 260,000 makes it the fourth-largest city in Yorkshire and the Humber. Hull has a long history as the main port of England’s east coast and an economy that blossomed thanks to fishing, wool and wine trading. It’s also a buzzing cultural centre which was named UK City of Culture as recently as 2017, with its waterfront, Old Town and trendy Fruit Market district attracting hip visitors by the bucketload. Furthermore, the city’s coastal location and scenic surroundings mean it’s also ideal for drivers.
Prices for hiring a car in Hull start at just £21.01 (€23.58) per day for a mini car like a Fiat 500 if you book off-season, an economy car like a Vauxhall Corsa costs £21.82 (€24.49) per day and a compact but comfy car like a Fiat Tipo ̶ robust enough for family road trips ̶ is only £26.25 (€29.46) per day. But remember that if you’re travelling in a large group of family members or friends, hiring a large vehicle can also be economical if you’re splitting the cost ̶ a roomy seven-seater Volkswagen Sharan costs £52.89 (€59.35) per day, which is great value for money given its capacity. Enjoy partners with reliable car hire providers like Europcar in Hull, so you can hit the road and discover the city and its environs with complete peace of mind.
Guide to Hull
It’s fair to say that Hull hasn’t always been a honeytrap for tourists but in recent years it has undergone an amazing metamorphosis whereby its fascinating history has been rediscovered, its contemporary cultural scene has blossomed, and its architectural aesthetics have been admirably improved. This is a creative metropolis which is on the rise, so there’s never been a better time to visit.
History & Culture
Strolling through the charming cobbled Old Town streets you’ll see the impressive 700-year-old Holy Trinity Church and some excellent examples of Gothic design, there are wonderful watering holes like the Lion &Key, with its interior covered ceiling to floor in brightly coloured beer mats, and there are a number of fab free museums, including Wilberforce House and the Streetlife Museum. The annual Freedom Festival is the hot date in Hull’s cultural calendar (a weekend of performance arts, street food and fireworks) but you can have a brilliant night out here any day of the year and you’re always assured a warm welcome.
Thankfully, the momentum that Hull gained from its coveted City of Culture accreditation a few years ago has continued to gather pace and this is still a city which has many cool areas to hang out, mix and mingle, shop for unusual items and generally soak up the boho ambience. Unfortunately one thing we can’t guarantee in this windswept northern town is the weather, but when the sun is shining you should head to the Humber Street Gallery to take in the exclusive exhibitions and then enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop bar while enjoying a bird’s eye view of the bustling streets below. Alternatively, visit Hull Marina, where you can stop for a spot of lunch at one of the many bars and restaurants and then stroll around in meditative mood as you gaze at the beautiful yachts bobbing gently on the breeze. Finally, if you fancy picking up an unusual gift, head to Kathmandu at 177 Ferensway, where you can buy ancient rings from the Indian subcontinent, tribal relics from exotic lost kingdoms and healing crystals procured from secret sources ̶ this is the perfect place to pick up something special for the hippy in your life.
Sports and pastimes
If you’re a fan of sport, you’ll be in your element in Hull as there’s a wide range of activities to cheer on from the crowd here. The main sports are football and rugby league and there’s always a heated debate amongst locals over which of these ballgames is most prominent. Interestingly, the city’s famous football team Hull City AFC actually shares its stadium with rugby league club Hull FC, so if you get the chance to watch either play at home, you’ll attend the same premises. However, the more serious rivalry is between the latter club and their rugby league rivals Hull Kingston Rovers ̶ it’s fierce! The sports attractions don’t stop here though because you can watch high octane ice hockey from Hull Pirates at Hull Arena, enjoy the horse racing action at Beverley Racecourse (and perhaps even back a winner or two!) or try watersports like power boating, dinghy sailing, and canoeing at Welton Waters Adventure Centre near Brough.
What to do in Hull?
From boho shopping areas to gorgeous green spaces and awesome activities for kids of all ages, you’ll never run out of things to do in Hull.
Discover The Avenues
If you’re looking for a chilled-out, cosmopolitan neighbourhood where you can relax in cool coffee shops, browse bijou boutiques, find fab vintage fashions and sink a few fresh craft beers, look no further than The Avenues, a laid-back, leafy area close to the university. There’s so much to choose from that you could spend an entire day here, but highlights include craft shop Judy’s Attic on Newland Avenue, independent fashion boutique Tessies, where you can pick up one of a kind pieces, Larkin’s Bar and Kitchen (which has a brilliant beer garden) and legendary music venue The Adelphi Club on De Grey Street, which has hosted acts including Oasis, Radiohead and Pulp.
Whether you love tree-bathing, birdwatching, boating or simply feeling the grass between your toes and the heat on your back on a hazy afternoon, there are pristine parks aplenty in Hull. East Park is the largest and boasts a brilliant 16-acre boating lake complete with swan pedallos and an animal education centre with peacocks, wallabies, snakes, alpacas, tarantulas and more. Meanwhile, if you’re near the Avenues, Pearson Park is close by and it’s very picturesque, while West Park has superb sporting facilities and its own marvellous model railway, plus if you happen to be in the vicinity of this park in October you can enjoy the annual Hull Fair, which is the largest travelling funfair in Europe, dates back to the 13th Century and features more than 100 white-knuckle rollercoasters, big prize bingo and over 80 dedicated rides for children.
When you’re travelling with kids in tow, you’ll need to keep them entertained and luckily there are plenty of eclectic attractions in Hull. For starters, Dinostar is housed in the Fruit Market and takes kids all the way back to the Jurassic era with amazing artefacts like a T-rex skull and Triceratops bones you can actually pick up and touch. Stop at the gift shop on your way out and pick up a fossil or a dinosaur toy as a souvenir. Alternatively, if you fancy feeling weightless for a while, bounce around at the Gravity Trampoline Park in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, where there are dodge ball courts and slam dunk zones as well as terrific trampolines. Meanwhile, Hull Ice Arena is home to an Olympic sized ice-skating rink where you can take to the ice with the whole family and enjoy a break at the onsite café to warm yourself up with a hot chocolate, sandwich or simple yet satisfying bowl of chips.
Eating out in Hull
From tasty street food to Yorkshire staples and quick snacks to ten course haute cuisine tasting menus, Hull cuisine has something to satisfy every palate. Here are a few gastronomical highlights.
Think you know everything about burgers? Sample the sliders at Shoot the Bull in Hull’s Trinity Market and get ready for a mind-blowing taste experience. Their classic burger comprises double-stacked succulent rare breed thirst reared beef patties sprinkled with their signature secret seasoning mix in a bretzel bun, with mustard, ketchup, Montgomery jack cheese and bread and butter pickles ̶ beautiful. Alternatively, let the dogs out with a hipster hotdog featuring a Yorkshire frankfurter in a handmade brioche roll, with smashed avocado, spiced tomato gel, smoked egg yolk and crispy onions. Burgers and dogs are just £5 each. While you’re in Trinity Market, take time to look around because it’s a real foodie’s haven, with everything from gourmet falafels to pizza in a cone and artisan coffee ̶ pause your diet for a few days and indulge!
Tapasya@Marina fuses traditional cooking techniques from Southern and Northern India with the freshest local Yorkshire produce to create captivating fine dining cuisine which has been lauded by the Michelin Guide and won many an award. This classy establishment at Humber Dock Street has a deep and diverse menu but for something totally different, try their twist on the traditional afternoon tea, served by your very own butler. As well as the traditional patisseries, this terrific tiffin features tasty treats like deep fried tiger prawns, veg Punjabi samosa and naan khatai cookies, all washed down with your tea of choice and an optional glass of champers for an even more effervescent experience. High tea here including a glass off bubbly costs £18.50.
Thieving Harry’s at Hull Marina is a bustling bar and restaurant with an achingly hip vibe and it’s one of Hull’s coolest places to chill out with coffee and cake, or to sip a craft beer or three as you while away an hour or too people watching. The food is pretty fab too ̶ this ‘social food club’ serves tasty brunch dishes like peanut butter and banana toast with pistachio and agave nectar, vegan lunch options like the coronation tofu sandwich and bigger eats like the excellent firecracker chicken burger with chilli panko fried chicken breast, lettuce, red onion and hot sauce. Brunch and lunch dishes are around £5 and burgers are around £8. This eatery is so cool that it even sells its own merchandise, so as a memento of your munching session you can take away a stylish t-shirt, kitsch tea towel, legendary long-sleeve tee or cracking coffee tin.
Transport in Hull
The nearest airports to Hull are Humberside (HUY), Leeds Bradford (LBA), East Midlands (EMA), and Manchester (MAN), which are 18km, 88km, 122km, and 136km away respectively. At these air hubs Enjoy partners with reliable car hire providers like Easirent, Keddy, Europcar, and Alamo and car rental packages from established operators like these typically include third party liability, 24-hour assistance, theft protection and collision damage waiver. You can hire anything from a Ford Fiesta, which is ideal for nipping around Hull city streets and parking with ease, to a roomy Kia Optima, which is perfect for cruising around the rolling Yorkshire countryside and whatever your preference you’ll grab a great deal if you book ahead of time.
Buses and Park & Ride
The major bus operators in Hull are East Yorkshire Buses, National Express and Stagecoach and the network across the city is fairly extensive and efficient. Most bus stop signs in Hull have eight digit numbers on the bus stop signs ̶ to find out the next five services leaving from that stop, you can text the eight digit number to 64422.
Alternatively, if you fancy shopping in Hull but can’t be bothered trying to find a parking space, Stagecoach offers a handy Park & Ride service from Priory Park which operates between 7am-6:35pm weekdays and 7am-6:45pm on Saturdays. You can park your car securely in this CCTV-monitored facility, there’s a comfy waiting room with toilets and baby changing facilities and all buses are accessible for buggies and wheelchairs.
You should always drive on the left-hand side of the road in Hull, as is the case everywhere across the UK. Speed limits are 70 mph (120 km/h) for motorways, 60 mph (100 km/h) on non-motorway main roads and 30 mph (50 km/h) or 20 mph (40 km/h) if you’re in busy city centre areas or close to buildings such as schools.
Seatbelts are mandatory for the driver and all passengers, drink driving is strictly illegal, and mobile phone use is prohibited (unless the system is truly hands-free and doesn’t distract the driver).
There’s some stunning countryside around Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire and many terrific cities, towns and villages within convenient driving distance. Here are just a couple of recommended road trips from Hull:
Drive north west along the M62 and A1 from Hull and in around two and a half hours you’ll reach the Buttertubs Pass in North Yorkshire, where the winding roads and lush undulating topography have made it one of Britain’s most Instagrammable road trips. Situated at the top of the scenic Yorkshire Dales, it takes its memorable name from the limestone potholes that permeate the local terrain.
Alternatively, drive north from Hull along the A171 and in around an hour and a half (traffic permitting), you’ll reach Whitby. This dramatic coastal town will be of particular interest if you’re a Goth because the eerie ruins of Whitby Abbey and surrounding craggy coastline inspired Irish author Bram Stoker to write horror classic Dracula.
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