Cultural offerings, affordable living and a transformed city centre.

After coming through a long period of industrial decline Hull has had its chance to shine as UK City of Culture 2017. The city has made the most of the opportunity, with major redevelopment of the city centre, notably the Fruit Market area which boasts bars, restaurants and both new and converted housing.  

The city has plenty to boast about with visitor attractions such as The Deep, its award-winning marine conservation aquarium and a fine museums quarter in the old town. Theatre and concert goers are well provided for with two well-established major theatres, a thriving music scene and a major new concert venue opening in 2018.

Property prices, both within the city boundary and close by in the suburbs located in the East Riding of Yorkshire, are lower (often much lower) than in comparable cities and there are several highly-rated schools.

For just a flavour of what Hull has to offer, our local tips are:

Culture:

Being named UK City of Culture in 2017 didn’t just mean a year-long festival of major events and exhibitions; it also prompted regeneration of Hull’s iconic cultural offerings. Both Hull New Theatre and the Ferens Art Gallery have undergone significant improvement work which will improve their capacity to attract the very best shows and exhibits, including the Royal Ballet and the Turner Prize. 

Hull Truck Theatre is an award winning modern performance venue which has a varied programme of plays, music, films and one-off events.

The city now enjoys a programme of vibrant music festivals: Humber Street Sesh (August) showcases local talent and the Freedom Festival (September) takes its inspiration from Hull’s association with the campaign to end the slave trade.

History:

Hull’s Museum’s Quarter includes four museums: Wilberforce House; the Hull and East Riding Museum;  Streetlife; and the Arctic Corsair trawler. All are located in an elegant setting in the old town and provide a great place to discover the city’s heritage. The Maritime Museum and Spurn Lightship also give visitors an insight into Hull’s seafaring tradition.

Hull Minster (formerly Holy Trinity Church), newly rededicated as a minster by the Archbishop of York, dates back to the 13th century and is England’s largest parish church. The area around the church has been newly regenerated and forms an attractive outdoor space with mirror pools and seating. 

Outdoors:

The city’s redeveloped Fruit Market area provides a pleasant place to wander with bars, cafes and quirky cultural attractions such as Humber Street Gallery.  Take a walk around Hull’s old town to explore the city’s history and architecture – much of this area survived the Second World War bombing which caused huge damage elsewhere and it’s a fascinating part of the city. Anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce was born here and his birthplace is an established museum.

Hull has several popular parks which host a range of activities and events. The countryside and coastline are both within easy reach of the city in the East Riding of Yorkshire or across the Humber in northern Lincolnshire.

The city’s two rugby league teams, Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC, have a historic rivalry (KR hail from the east of the city and play in red and white; FC are based in the west and wear black and white – it’s best not to mix this up!). FC share the KC Stadium with Hull City Football Club who have yo-yoed between Premier League and Championship in recent years, and the venue also hosts occasional rock concerts.

Shopping:

Hull has a much-improved shopping offer with large indoor shopping centres at St Stephens and Princes Quay. For local independent traders there’s Hepworth’s Arcade and the newly refurbished Trinity Market.

Food & Drink:

Hull’s revitalised marina is a great place to enjoy a meal – try award winning 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, sister restaurant 1884 Wine and Tapas or Al Porto. Princes Dock Street overlooks the original dock and is now home to bars such as Furley and Co and Bar 82.

The city’s leafy suburbs in the Avenues area have an abundance of independent bars and restaurants including Bait, Gusto da Gianna and 80 Days Bier Haus

Education:

At the time of writing, 13 primary schools in the city of Hull are rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.  These include Bricknell Primary School and Wold Academy .  In secondary education, St Mary’s Academy has been rated one of the top 100 schools in the country and continue to pursue their aim of world-class thinking and world-class achieving.  Sirius Academy and Kelvin Hall schools also boast ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings.

There are a number of strong independent choices locally including Hull Collegiate, Pocklington School and Hymers College which features in the prestigious Good Schools Guide and has been ranked as ‘one of the best schools in the north of England’ by the Sunday Times.

Commuting and getting around:

From Hull Paragon Station, there are trains to Doncaster, Leeds, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Scarborough and York.  The journey to London is around 2.5 hours.

Hull is easily commutable by car from much of the East Riding of Yorkshire and many people working in the city travel from homes in the likes of Beverley, Cottingham and Hessle. 

Our closest airport is Humberside Airport where the main carrier is KLM, offering daily flights to Amsterdam and onward to other destinations.  Several other airlines and tour operators including Flybe and British Airways also offer routes to UK and European destinations. Hull’s ferry terminal also provides easy access to the continent.

"The city has plenty to boast about with its visitor attractions and a fine museums quarter in the old town."

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