My previous trips to Hull had consisted mainly of drinking, dancing and squeezing into white telephone boxes with several of my friends to have a photo taken! Did you know that Hull is the only place to have white phone boxes due its independent telephone network, Kingston Communications?
Well other than the white phone boxes and, of course, the gigantic Humber Bridge, there wasn’t much more I could tell you about Hull, until a daytime visit really opened my eyes!
It was an absolute joy to wander around Hull Marina, admiring the moorings as I cooled down with a drink outside one of the bars. There seemed to be quite a lot of development going on in the area but it didn’t detract from its appeal, far from it… I think with new bars and restaurants Hull Marina is set to increase in popularity!
In the heart of the Old Town you’ll find Hull’s unique Museums Quarter. It’s the perfect location to learn about the heritage of Hull, with restored warehouses, ancient pubs and merchant houses all adding to the sense of history around you. I really enjoyed being transported back in time with an eye-opening visit to Streetlife.
Hull has eight museums in total and entry is free to every single one! I also called in to the Hull and East Riding Museum of Archeology where I was greeted by an 11 ft model of a wooly mammoth, nearly frightened the life out of me!
I ended my day in Hull by joining the locals (some of the friendliest I’ve met so far!) at West Park behind the KC Stadium for the Oylmpic Torch Relay evening celebrations. It was a magnificent event with the whole community really getting in to the spirit of the games. There were children with homemade torches, families having picnics on the grass and hundreds of waving flags to welcome the flame. I even had the pleasure of meeting two former Olympic gold medal winners, Sharon from Hull and Diane from Grimsby, who proudly showed me their medals for Judo.
So now that I’ve realised how much Hull has to offer day trippers, I’ll certainly be back! Next time I think I’ll be calling in to The Deep, it’s the world’s only Submarium!
If you’ve been before or think there is anything else I should look out for on my next visit to Hull do let me know!