Kingston upon Hull Things to Do

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    Streetlife museum

    by Britannia2 Updated Jun 20, 2014

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    This museum tells the story of 200 years of transport in Hull and can be found in High Street. There are galleries for motor cars, bicycles ( Hull is a city of bikes), toy displays and in the reconstructed street you can sit on board old trams and take in the sights , sounds and smells of old trains.
    There is no entry fee and allow an hour for your visit.
    There are no catering facilities in the museum but the rest room facilities are clean and well maintained. Disabled friendly apart from access to the tram although the cobbled street may be uncomfortable for wheelchair users. There is a lift to the upper floor.
    There are special events through the year such as Easter and Christmas events (see separate tips).

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    Vintage bus over the Humber Bridge

    by Britannia2 Written Jun 1, 2014
    The vintage bus at Hessle

    On several weekends in the summer months you can take a vintage bus from Hessle Square (66 or 57 bus from the Interchange) that takes you over the Humber Bridge to Barton on Humber. Buses leave every hour and call at the northern Humber Bridge exhibition area, Hessle Foreshore and then over the bridge to the lovely town of Barton on Humber. The ticket lasts all day and is £2.50 (concessions £2) and gives discounts at various retail outlets.
    The bus dates from 1949 and was used in the TV series Heartbeat.

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    The Arctic Corsair

    by Britannia2 Updated Apr 20, 2014

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    The Arctic Corsair is an old Hull trawler built in 1960 in Beverley for the Boyd Line and was the last of the Hull side fishing vessels or side winders as they were known. She had a long life in the fishing grounds of the North Sea and was actually rammed by an Icelandic gun boat in the "cod wars" of the 1970s. She was laid up in the 1970s for several years but finally returned to fishing ending her career in 1987.
    In 1999 the vessel was opened to the public and over 20000 people have visited her since then on visits that are accompanied by men who once sailed on her. The tour takes visitors through the crew accommodation galleys, to the bridge, the foredeck and the fish storage areas. Allow 90 minutes for the tour.
    Unfortunately access is by very steep stairs and there are 18" thresholds in the doors within the ship and access is not possible for disabled people or anyone with mobility problems.
    Only open on selected days in the summer months so check before visiting.

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    Open top and vintage bus tours

    by Britannia2 Updated Apr 19, 2014

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    Occasionally through the year it is possible to take an open top bus or a vintage bus tour through the Hull area and see the cities sights in a way not normally possible. The tours are free and run from the Streetlife Museum in High Street.
    They take place when the local bus company East Yorkshire host displays at the museum with a display of buses past and present and have other attraction such as the companies brass band or for other events at the museum.

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    Edwardian Easter

    by Britannia2 Written Apr 19, 2014

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    This was a new event at Easter 2014 and will be one of three events in Hull to commemorate 100 years since the start of WW1 in 2014. Easter 2014 and the event is set in April 1914 - the last Easter before the Great War.
    Lots of people in costume , fairground rides from a past era, stalls selling food and gifts and music too.
    The event was set around the area in the High Street from Scale Lane Staith to the Streetlife Museum.

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    Ye Olde Black Boy

    by Britannia2 Written Apr 19, 2014

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    Ye Olde Black Boy

    Ye Olde Black Boy is one of the few remaining old pubs in Hull that has kept its original style. It initially opened as a pipe shop in 1720 and has served a number of different purposes throughout the years including a brothel and a public house. It finally became a pub in the 1930s. The name is thought to have come from a Moroccan boy who worked in the building when it was a coffee shop in the 1730s.
    I have included it in the Things To Do section because it really is a must see in Hull. This is an iconic little pub that plays classic pop music and has a good selection of beers. Even if you visit and have a soft drink and sit in the small front room , especially on a winters night, you can feel the atmosphere of old Hull here.

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    Spurn Lightship

    by Britannia2 Updated Apr 15, 2014

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    The old lightship that was moored in the Humber Estuary is now a museum and is moored permanently in the Marina. The ship was built in 1927 and is open between March and October.
    The display on board tells the story of life in the estuary.
    Unfortunately the ship is not suitable for people with mobility problems.
    Only open from mid April to October so please ring the number below to check it is open in April and October before travelling or see the official website.

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    The Deep

    by Britannia2 Updated Apr 15, 2014

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    With an investment of £53 million, The Deep has put Hull in the major league of visitor destinations in the UK, and with welcoming over two million visitors since opening in March 2002 this unique attraction has quickly become one of the most successful Millennium Commission lottery projects in the country.

    This iconic building, which boasts one of Europe’s deepest tanks containing a stunning collection of sharks and other exotic species and the deepest viewing tunnel in the world, was designed by world class architects Sir Terry Farrell and partners and towers over 30 metres high above the River Humber

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    Sutton Exhibition & Resource Centre

    by Britannia2 Updated Mar 23, 2014

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    This 1859 built school is open on Fridays from 10.00 to 14.00 and has many photographs and artefacts aligned to the village of Sutton. People from all over the world visit here for family history purposes or to see where their relatives were taught.
    This is an amazing treasure trove of Sutton related historic items with a wonderful collection of old photographs , books, clothes, posters and documents
    There are toilets here and tea and biscuits on sale.
    The beautifully illustrated website has full details.

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    Sea Shanty Festival

    by Britannia2 Updated Mar 23, 2014

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    Every July Hull hosts a Sea Shanty Festival. This is a free event held on the east side of the Marina and features acts associated with the sea. The music is best described as folk music but there are also some fisherman's choirs and in 2005 there was a choir from Holland made up of ladies in traditional costume called Haar op de dijk who I enjoyed immensely.
    The event is organised by Shanty Jack ( the man on the right on the photograph) and there are also stalls selling various things associated with the sea and events and exhibitions too.
    (Due to funding cuts the festival will be reviewed for 2014).

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    Hands on History Museum

    by Britannia2 Updated Mar 21, 2014

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    The Hands on History Museum, in the old Grammar School where William Wilberforce studied, houses the story of Hull and its people. Entry to the museum is free.
    Hands on History includes a fascinating glimpse into Victorian times, the Story of Hull and also features the Egyptian Gallery. This gallery is home to a genuine 2,600 year old mummy and unique replicas of King Tutankhamen’s treasures.
    Open 10 - 17.00 and afternoons only on Sundays.
    This is an excellent museum - the Story of Hull is a wonderful walk through exhibition with wonderful memories of this great city - includes a typical pre-war Hull kitchen and some fascinating exhibits from Hull across the years. The old school room (where children can dress up in old clothes) is well worth seeing.
    FROM 1/04/14 ONLY OPEN TO PRE-BOOKED VISITS - YOU CANNOT TURN UP AND VISIT.

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    Victorian Christmas Fayre

    by Britannia2 Written Dec 29, 2013

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    Victorian Fayre, Hull

    Held just before Christmas each year there is a Christmas in the old town between Scale Lane Staithe and the Streetlife Museum , along the High Street. A wonderful mix of craft stalls, choirs , people in Victorian costume - there is something for everyone here. Do not miss the actors and actresses in costume inside the Streetlife Museum who portray Prince Albert and Queen Victoria and also Scrooge and other well known Victorians.

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    The Humber Bridge

    by Britannia2 Written Aug 10, 2013

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    Humber Bridge at night

    Prior to the Humber Bridge opening in 1981 the only way to cross the Humber was by an infrequent ferry. Now in less than 20 minutes from the centre of Hull you can be on the south side of the Humber in less than 20 minutes - if you do not have a car a 350 bus will take you across the bridge too. The toll (2013) is £1.50 single journey.
    The Humber Bridge is a suspension bridge with the north tower sited on the high water line and the south tower founded in shallow water 500m from the shore.

    On the north bank, a hard well-jointed bed of chalk comes close to the surface and is covered by a tough layer of glacially deposited chalky boulder clay. The chalk has provided good foundations for both the anchorage and tower on this bank, on the south side, soft alluvium is underlain by beds of boulder clay, sand and gravel. Below these beds, at a depth of 30m, there is a deep bed of stiff, heavily fissured kimmeridge clay, on which the tower and anchorage have been founded.
    Designed to cross the last major unbridged estuary in Britain, the bridge comprises reinforced concrete towers aerial-spun catenary cables and a continuously-welded, closed box road deck supported by inclined hanger cables.

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    Veterans Weekend

    by Britannia2 Written Aug 3, 2013

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    American Civil War people

    The Veterans Weekend takes place each year in East Park on the last weekend of July. There is something here for everyone - an artificial beach and rides for children and reanactors portraying various conflicts through history with mock battles on the show area.
    The reanactors are camped in 'villages' for the weekend and you are welcome to visit them in their villages and chat with them about the period of history they are portraying.
    Free admission and highly recommended.

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    New and iconic bridge

    by Britannia2 Written Aug 3, 2013

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    New bridge on the River Hull

    This new bridge (2013) links Hulls old town , at Scale Lane staithe, to the eastern bank of the River Hull. At the time of writing it links to just the Premier Inn and The Deep but eventually when the eastern bank is fully developed it will link to new shops and housing.
    This is the only bridge in England you can actually stand on as it opens and closes to let river traffic through.

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