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.
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.
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.
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.
The beautifully illustrated website has full details.
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The first two Sundays of July see the people of the Avenues area in Hull open their beautiful gardens to the public. The Avenues are four long Victorian avenues with ornate fountains at some of its junctions and beautiful Victorian houses abound.
There is entertainment and food in local churches and also in some of the gardens. You really need to visit on both Sundays to see everything there is to see.
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
Now in its 43rd year (2013) the annual car and old vehicle rally from Hull to Bridlington is a very popular event.
Vehicles gather at East Park on Holderness Road early on Sunday morning and at 11.00 leave the park for the journey to Bridlington along the A165. In Bridlington you can see the vehicles at the north end of the town at Lime Kiln Lane.
Vehicles vary but there are classic cars, old buses, fire engines, motorbikes etc and the event takes place every June.
The River Humber is a vast recreational space as well as having some of Englands busiest shipping routes along it.
Occasionally through the year powerboat racing is held on the Humber and it is certainly exciting to see these powerful boats race along the river. The route is from the Pier to the Humber Bridge and anywhere along the waterfront is a good place to see the boats. However the best place is St Andrews Quay as there is a long promenade here and cafes and lots of seating.
The new Lord Mayor is inaugurated in the early summer and each year (usually the first weekend in June) there is a parade through the city centre of organisations that is quite colourful. The new Mayor leads the procession from a horse carriage.
While in Hull you should see one of the new Millennium attractions called The Deep. A huge aquarium housing 7 types of shark, and literally thousands of sea creatures. Admission is £10.75 for adults and £8.75 for under 16s although it's cheaper when you book online. It's 15 minutes walk from the town centre and 5 minutes from the marina.
The Arc is Hulls newest tourist attraction. The new centre, formerly titled Humber Centre for Excellence in the Built Environment, promoting the role of good architecture and design in regeneration, and the creation of sustainable communities throughout the Humber Region is now open in a flagship eco-building by Niall McLaughlin Architects, the first purpose built architecture centre in the United Kingdom.
Entry is free and there are continuous exhibitions and events. See the website for details.
NOW CLOSED MAY 2013
This is the largest parish church in England when floor area is the measurement for comparison. The church dates back to about 1300 and contains what is widely acknowledged to be some of the finest medieval brick-work in the country, particularly in the transepts. Holy Trinity Church is now a Grade I listed building.
William Wilberforce, who led the parliamentary campaign against the slave trade, was baptised in Holy Trinity Church
The organ is a large four manual instrument. The oldest parts of the organ date from 1622 by the builder John Raper. There was further work in 1756 and 1758 by John Snetzler and 1788 by Ryley. Forster and Andrews worked on the organ in 1845, 1854, 1876, 1900 and 1908, with John Compton providing the last restoration in 1938.
Hull has a golden statue of William of Orange riding a horse, which commemorates his landing in England to become king. Legend has it that ‘King Billy’ gets off his horse and goes for a drink in the King Billy pub when he hears Holy Trinity Church clock strike midnight. The statue is known locally as the King Billy statue.
The 18th century Trinity House is to the Humber what Londons Trinity House to the Thames. Trinity House symbolizes the maritime greatness and importance of Hull and the writer Daniel Defoe described Trinity House as 'the Glory of the Town'. Trinity House is one the most extensive older secular buildings of Hull with entrances in Posterngate/Trinity House Lane and on the other side of the complex in Princes Dock Road.
Today it is a school for boys who have the intention of becoming seafarers on attaining qualifications and boys come here from across England to study.
Only accessible to the public on special civic open days but a beautiful building to view externally.
The Land of Green Ginger is a narrow street at the bottom of Whitefriargate in the old town and was formerly known as Old Beverley-street.
There are a variety of commercial and residential buildings along the street's length. The Land of Green Ginger is also where what may be the world's smallest window can be seen. It was used by the gatekeeper of the George Hotel to look out for stagecoaches and customers.
No one is sure where the street got its name from. Spice ginger was stored and sold from the area once but it seems most probable that the designation 'Land of Green Ginger' took place between 1640 and 1735.
As the photo shows this is a pleasing street and has in it , Hulls only surviving coaching inn, The George Hotel.