“Oh darling, Hull bashing is just soooooo last year! Come and judge for yourself.”

So Hull was ‘voted’ the least romantic city in Britain, by a hotel booking website, and the ‘findings’ taken up with glee by some of the national press, eager as ever to put the boot in, like lazy little school bullies. Hull is not a romantic destination, and it is not supposed to be. It is a great, industrial port with a long and fascinating history, not a collection of twee thatched cottages around a fairytale castle. It is however a city that played a big role in our country’s history, as such it has a lot to offer the first time visitor. There are few guidebooks, if any, that suggest itineraries for the uninitiated. So here is my first timers guide to a weekend in Hull. Take my challenge, visit Hull.
Hull has a large collection of Georgian, Victorian, and post-war 1950s and 60s architecture that is fascinating. Bring your camera. See the Deep and walk along the Humber to the docks.
It is the home of William Wilberforce and you can visit his house. Visit the Museum Quarter and a fishing trawler, the Arctic Corsair. Take a short train ride out to Hessle, a sweet suburban village of grand Victorian houses and walk down to the Humber Bridge. Walk over it if you want. You can explore alone or take an excellent walking tour, by day or night.
Visit the Maritime Museum and the lovely Ferens Art Gallery. Have coffee and cakes at a beautifully restored 1950s cafe on the Marina (Thieving Harry’s) a drink in an atmospheric Victorian pub on the shore of the river (the Minerva) and look at the stalls and galleries on Humber Street, AKA the Fruit Market. Visit the ancient Trinity Church, walk along the cobbled streets of the old town, browse in the indoor Victorian market, and wonder up the banks of the river Hull to admire the industrial architecture. Take a bus to Newland Avenue, and spend a lazy afternoon soaking up Hull’s Bohemia in one of the dozens of trendy cafes and bars. Stroll in one of the several grand Victorian parks. If you have a car with you, drive out to the eerie, windswept Spurn Point or Fort Paull, less than an hour away. There is just so much to do, so much to see, so many bars and cafes to relax in, so many unusual and exciting walks and excursions. So take my word for it and visit for yourself, or take that of a mocking snob and miss out. Hull is just two and half hours from London by direct train. Hull Co op (1)

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