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As the 2017 UK City of Culture, Hull maintains its role as a major player in the North and an owner of an important place in UK history. Although it started life as a trading port; today it’s famed more for its tourist attractions, sporting achievements, museums and vibrant theatrical productions. With travel times of just over an hour from Leeds and under 2 hours from Manchester, it’s about time you came to visit.
Arriving at Hull Paragon Interchange, you'll have tons of choice for onward travel. For unlimited bus travel around the city, buy a Hull Plusbus ticket with your train ticket for £3.50 (£2.30 with a Railcard).
Black cabs are available from the Ferensway side of the station and private cars can drop off and collect passengers from the Anlaby Road side. Car hire is available from a number of different organisations and Hull Cycle Hub is located in the station.
Housed in a spectacular modern building, The Deep is a vast aquarium and one of the biggest of its kind in the country. Here you can witness water creatures galore while keeping your feet dry. Humber Bridge is an icon of engineering brilliance and free to walk across. If you're after the best view for a snap, then the top of a double-decker bus is the way to go. A farmer’s market is held at the bridge on the first Sunday of every month and it's a great way to combine 2 of the best things to do in Hull.
The Hull Pie may be a takeaway rather than a restaurant, but their imaginative take on great northern staples are extremely tempting – try one of their delicious BBQ Pulled Pork pies with gravy.
For something more fancy, try 1884 Dock Street Kitchen where the food looks as good as it tastes, and won't cost you a fortune. Cinnamon is one of the best places in Hull to enjoy an Indian meal. Expect the finest Indian flavours cooked to a high-quality standard.
A visit to Hull Old Town is a real must. It has museums like the Streetlife Museum of Transport, Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology (where you’ll find a life-size woolly mammoth), the Hepworth Arcade (where Marks met Spencer) plus a great collection of brilliant, old pubs. No day out in Hull would be complete without fish and chips, and East Park Chippy is one of the best. Finally, if you're looking to get your culture on, try the Red Gallery - a brilliant independent exhibition space.
Open Monday to Saturday, Trinity Market in Hull is more than a place to buy fresh fruit and veg. This historic indoor market offers a wide range of products and services and has just had a complete makeover. Princes Quay Shopping Centre is the place to head for a 10-screen cinema, bowling alley and enough outlets for a Hull shopping spree. A third market is St Stephens, where you’ll find all your high street favourites, from Argos to Zara.
For more ideas on what to do in Hull, check out Visit Hull