UK Breaks: 24 hours in Hull

Visit Hull to see one of Europe's capitals of culture and a northern city brimming with creativity, culture and flavour.

Head to Hull and explore a hotbed of creatives and revolutionaries, from Philip Larkin to the protagonists of the English Civil War.

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Eat at Liquid Jade

Liquid Jade

Start the day with an ethically sourced whole-leaf cup of tea from this gem of a tea bar. It’s a temple to the perfect cuppa, with shelves groaning under the weight of jars of tea. Have a pot with some toast, crumpets, granola or cake. (The coffee is decent too.)

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Explore the Museum Quarter

Museum Quarter

If you’re wondering what to do in Hull, head to the Museums Quarter and take your pick from six free places. Wilberforce House is the birthplace of anti-slave campaigner William Wilberforce. The Hull and East Riding Museum has an actual woolly mammoth, but the Maritime Museum wins with a mermaid – no, it’s not real...

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Eyeball the Ferens Art Gallery

Ferens Art Gallery

Extensively renovated for Hull City of Culture 2017, the Ferens is one of Hull’s most prized possessions. It boasts works by European Old Masters and contemporary British artists such as Yorkshire lad David Hockney, but don’t miss the galleries depicting Hull, and the changing exhibitions – including the prestigious Turner Prize 2017.

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Wolf down at Kardomah94

Kardomah94

Alternative theatre, film, festivals, exhibitions: there are many reasons to visit Hull’s city-centre cultural hub in a converted office block, but for now let’s stick to lunch. It’s one of the more unusual restaurants in Hull and you could be listening to an illustrated talk or ogling local art over your enormous pizza.

 

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Window-shop at the Hepworth Arcade

Hepworth Arcade

First opened in the 1890s, this Grade-II listed beaut is packed to its glass roof with indie shops. Pick up whoopee cushions, itching powder and fake dog turbs in Dinsdale’s Joke Shop, a local institution, or go more cerebral at Beasley’s Hats, which also sells vintage American clothing

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Wander the Old Town

Old Town

Happily, the pubs are a good place to start exploring Hull’s cobbled Old Town. The English Civil War was triggered in Ye Olde White Harte. The George on Land of Green Ginger – that’s the name of the street! – claims the world’s smallest

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Stare into The Deep

The Deep

You can’t miss this huge architect-designed aquarium at the confluence of the Hull and Humber rivers. It’s one of the top things to do in Hull. And if the building is impressive, the fish tanks are even more so, with 3,500 creatures, including sharks, rays, rare sawfish, and Gentoo penguins.

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Sip at 64 Café + Bar

64 Café + Bar

Part of the innovative Humber Street Gallery in a former fruit and veg warehouse, 64 is part industrial café (on the ground floor), part snazzy rooftop cocktail lounge. Take your pick from the spritzer menu, local ales or perk up with a coffee or smoothie.

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Chew at 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar or Thieving Harry’s

Thieving Harry's

The younger, friendlier sibling of 1884 Dock Street Kitchen (one of the best restaurants in Hull) dishes up proper tapas and sharing plates. It has views across Hull Marina towards the lively cultural quarter where Thieving Harry’s community café doles out juicy burgers, booze and speciality coffee until late.

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Carouse the Fruit Market

Fruit Market

The cobbled streets of Hull’s Fruit Market area have been transformed into the city’s digital and creative quarter, filled with restaurants, festivals, galleries, live music and club nights. At the heart of the cultural action is Früit, a former warehouse now brimming with life, craft beers, comedy, cult cinema, gigs and cutting-edge theatre.

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Catnap at the Hallmark Hotel Hull or Kingston Theatre Hotel

Hallmark Hotel Hull

Hull has upped its hotel game since bagging the UK City of Culture 2017 title, and while chain hotels rule the roost there are characterful boutique places to lay your head. This sleek family-run place used to be the home of Madame Clapham, a Victorian couturier and still packs in plenty of personality.

Getting to Hull

Train: 2hrs30 from London Kings Cross Station
Coach: 6hrs10 from London Victoria Coach Station
Car: 4hrs from central London

Good to know

The Humber Bridge spans the river just inland of Hull. At 1.5 miles (2.2km), it was the world’s longest single-span bridge for 25 years and the best way to comprehend its scale – unless you suffer from vertigo – is to walk it. 

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21 Dec 2018(last updated)

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    Liquid Jade

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    Museum Quarter

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    Ferens Art Gallery

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    Kardomah94

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    Hepworth Arcade

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    Old Town

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    The Deep

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    64 Café + Bar

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    Thieving Harry's

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    Fruit Market

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    Hallmark Hotel Hull

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