Kingston upon Hull, usually shortened to Hull, is an historic city on the north bank of the Humber estuary.

As a visitor, the best place to start your discovery of historic Hull is the unique Museums Quarter - consisting of Wilberforce House, the Hull and East Riding Museum, Streetlife Museum and the Arctic Corsair trawler.

You will find the Museums Quarter on High Street in the heart of the Old Town. Here the banks of the River Hull, with the old warehouses, merchant dwellings, staithes, lanes and pubs nearby all lend their unique flavour to this historic district.

You should also visit the award-winning Ferens Art Gallery, which combines internationally renowned permanent collection displays with a thriving programme of temporary exhibitions. Highlights include masterpieces by Frans Hals, Antonio Canaletto, Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing.

Hull is home to John Godber's Hull Truck Theatre Company, one of the country`s leading contemporary theatre companies, and annual festivals here range from jazz to sea shanty to literature.

The Deep is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world. This award-winning family attraction in Hull, home to 40 sharks and over 3,500 fish, is in a dramatic building designed by Sir Terry Farrell. The Deep is operated as a charity dedicated to increasing enjoyment and understanding of the world's oceans. Behind the scenes a team of dedicated marine biologists carry out vital research into the marine environment.

Nearby, in the adjoining town of Hessle, is the spectacular Humber Bridge, the fourth-largest single-span suspension bridge in the world, and The Humber Bridge Country Park Local Nature Reserve, a haven for people and wildlife.

OS grid reference TA 095 295


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Born in Hull:

Amy Johnson (1903-1941) - aviator.

Ian Carmichael (b.1920) - actor.

Tom Courtenay (b.1937) - actor.

Useful and informative links

Activ Hull: the most comprehensive guide to Hull on the internet
Hull Daily Mail
Hull Image Project
Hull City Council's online database of images of the city. It includes Hull in Postcards and Hull Through the Decades: 1930s to 1980s.
Hull photographs from East Riding Media Library
Hull photographs from Geograph
Theatres and Halls in Hull, Past and Present
Wikipedia article on Hull

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