Kingston upon Hull Travel Guide

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Kingston upon Hull Things to Do

  • The Larkin Trail

    I have to confess that before visiting Hull, the only poem by Larkin with which I was familiar was the one about parents, which I will not quote here. Larkin was not born in the city, but moved here in his early thirties to become University Librarian, becoming one of the most famous literary figures associated with the city. Larkin's surroundings...

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  • Follow the Fish Trail

    The Seven Seas Fish Trail was created by the artist Gordon Young for the 1992 Hull Festival. There are 41 different representations of fish to find in the pavements of the Old Town.If you manage to complete them all you can claim a certificate from the Tourist Information Centre. I didn't do this, though I think we probably came across most of them...

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  • Old Town Trail

    We purchased an 'Old Town Trail' leaflet from the Tourist Information Office in City Hall for £2 and followed the route around the old town. The leaflet contains just the right amount of background information so that you know what you are looking at.The route starts at City Hall and includes: The Ferens Art Gallery, Monument Bridge, Princes Dock,...

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Kingston upon Hull Restaurants

  • Suburban delight

    This converted car show room is a trendy restaurant / bar / coffee shop in an upmarket Hull suburb. It is popular for morning coffee, lunches, afternoon teas and in the evenings meals and drinks.The decor is modern with dark walls and large pictures of icons such as Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. There is music in the evenings which is mainly 70s...

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  • Pies, Pies, Glorious Pies!

    On arrival in Hull, I was seized with a desire for a pie. After a quick internet search revealed the existence of The Hull Pie there was no need for further discussion about where we would be having lunch the next day.There a two permanent Hull Pie shops in Hull, and a small hut outside St Stephen's Shopping Centre. We went to the original one,...

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  • I'm in Heaven

    Wandering through Hull in search of somewhere for a light breakfast of a coffee and croissant, preferably not one of the big chains, we came across this cafe, which fitted the bill perfectly. What's more, they were doing a special offer of a free danish pastry with any hot drink before 10.30 a.m! The service is friendly, and there is plenty of...

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Kingston upon Hull Nightlife

  • A small pub

    A very old pub small, dark & full of character.A great selection of beers are available including Belgium beer that tastes like it should.Just a word of warning - the front room is small & can get rather smokey.One of my favourite places in Hull. None

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  • Best club in Hull

    I discovered this club far too late and only went there a couple of time...I agreed the gothic atmosphere could be a little bit scary but don't be afraid of it! This is the best place to go if you want to meet 'normal' people and not these vulgar half-naked chicken dancing around their purse (stil didn't got the point ;-) you'd find in most of the...

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  • Princes Avenue

    Now only in the past five years or so has this road been a good place to go out, it caters for a different clientel then the city centre, more for trendy students, locals and a slightly older croud than the 14 year olds you'll find in Spiders.Starting at the Spring Bank end there's Zooalogical, a large bar with a good selection of beers (I'm...

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Kingston upon Hull Transportation

  • Bike taxi in Hull

    Hull has a bike taxi that will either take you on a tour of the city or to a specific destination in the city. You will find the bike taxi in Queen Victoria Square. A single journey costs £1.

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  • Bus to the Moors

    The Moors Explorer Bus will run in 2015 from April 3 and every Sunday and Bank Holiday until September 27. It will call on the Moors at Malton, Pickering, Kirbymoorside, Hutton le Hole, Blakey, Castleton and Danby. You can also use the bus to connect to services to Helmsley or Whitby. This bus is perfect for walkers and offers a low cost...

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  • Park and ride

    Hull has a park and ride service - the 701 from Priory Park. On the eastbound A63 look out for the Priory Park park and ride sides and its on the left after passing under the Humber Bridge and the park and ride is opposite Sainsburys. The parking is good and safe with a waiting room and toilets - there are always staff on hand to help and watch...

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Kingston upon Hull Shopping

  • Old shopping arcade

    Hepworths Arcade was opened in 1897 and one of the first shops to open here was one of Marks and Spencers first penny bazaars.This grade II listed Arcade is better known for local landmarks such as Dinsdale's joke shop, Fanthorpe's television store and Beasley's fashion emporium. It is often a welcome retreat for lunchtime shoppers escaping the...

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  • The market

    The current market hall was built in 1904 and the market is housed in a beautiful building with an Italianate tower. Not as large as other markets in other northern cities but nevertheless has a good variety of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, cards, crafts , meat and fish amongst other things.There are three entrances but the main...

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  • Shopping centre on water

    Princes Dock used to be a town dock at one time but lay unused for many years until Princes Quay was built in it. This is a large shopping centre with High Street named shops - Superdrug, Virgin ( the largest store they have outside London), County Books, Gap etc. There is something for everyone here and generally a display of some sort on the...

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Kingston upon Hull Local Customs

  • Cream coloured phone boxes

    Hull is the only UK city with its own independent telephone network company, Kingston Communications. This is why you'll see that instead of having red telephone boxes like the rest of the UK, the cities phone boxes are a distinctive cream colour.

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  • Chip Shops

    Chip shops in Hull seem have some quirks you don't find out of Yorkshire.Scraps- for those who can't afford to buy chips you ask for scraps which is all the left over fried bits of batter. Don't be surprised if you're asked 'D yeh wan eni scraps wie dat?' (Would you like any scraps with that?)American Chip Shop Spice - I've not seen this marvel out...

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  • Phone boxes in Hull.

    Kingston upon Hull is in the unusual position of having it's own telecommunications company. Since 1914, it has been the only private operator of local telephone services apart from the giant of BT (British Telecom).Kingston communications have also held onto may of the 'traditional' Gilbert Scott designed public telephone boxes. Many regard these...

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Kingston upon Hull Warnings and Dangers

  • Am I stuck in a Monty Python sketch

    Great shopping in Hull ? I think not. The princes Quay shopping centre may be impressively sited in a formed dock and be surrounded by water and fountains, it may have 'decks' rather than floors - but it still just contains the same old tired high street stores.Eating options are equally limited - you kind of know that you are not in for a good...

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  • Not really a warning or danger......

    but an amazing fact I just found on Wikipedia whilst looking up Hull, it is really not a good claim to fame but here goes-"Hull's maritime history is thought to have been a key factor in the transmission of syphilis: the earliest evidence of syphilis in medieval Europe is at the site of an Augustinian Friary (destroyed 1539) in Hull.This friary...

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  • Watch out when talking a walk along the...

    Be careful of the mud on the banks and near the water of the River Hull and River Humber.The mud has the same effect as quicksand and you'd find yourself in trouble straight away. Keep on the path or the grass.

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Kingston upon Hull Tourist Traps

  • Princes Quay Shopping Centre

    Princess Quay is basically like any other shopping mall in any other big city. All the names you'll find here absolutely anywhere else, just rearranged in a different order. Of course go here if you want the usual comfortable high-street names, but if you want smaller local names try Saville St, Carr Lane, Paragon Street or King Edward Street that...

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  • It's a toll bridge if you're...

    It's a toll bridge if you're in a car, but on foot or by bike it's free! You get a good view up and down the river from on the bridge, but don't try crosiing the road while on the bridge. Very dangerous, and not allowed!

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  • There's a country park right...

    There's a country park right below the Humber Bridge, where you can enjoy a bit of the coutryside whilst being beneath a motorway! The riverside along this area (Hessle Foresore) is pleasant too, with a good pub and restaurant.

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Kingston upon Hull What to Pack

  • If you're choosing between a backpack...

    Bring a backpack if you will be arriving by train and need to get a bus. The temporary bus station is no longer next to the train station and you will need to walk a good distance to get to the buses. Best to do with a backpack and not a case! It's best to bring all kinds of clothes because the weather is unpredictable. Always bring...

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  • The wind-tunnel effect

    Be aware on a windy day in Hull! Many of the east-west aligned streets in the city act as giant wind tunnels when the prevailing westerly winds are blowing. In many cities this isn’t too much of a problem, but the city’s location nestled against the Humber Estuary (in places a mile wide) exacerbates what is usually a trivial problem in most parts...

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  • Packing List

    Pack for cold and wet weather due to its loction. Hull does have its fair share of warm weather as well though so pack shorts as well just in case. You should be able to get any kind of toiletries and medical supplies here. You should be able to get any kind of photographic equipment here.

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Kingston upon Hull Off The Beaten Path

  • Ottingham and its church

    Ottringham is a small village on the Hull to Withernsea road and worth visiting for its 12th century church. This is the only church in Holderness to have enclosed pews and you open a small door at the end of each pew to gain access to a seat.St Wilfreds is a beautiful church and its high spire is visible for many miles. The village has two pubs...

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  • Paull

    Paull is a nice riverside village on the banks of the River Humber. There are three pub restaurants here and great views along to both the mouth of the Humber and back to Hull and the Humber Bridge.East of Paull along the river bank is a wetland area (near the mechanical lighthouses you can see from the village) and there are many bird species...

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  • Princes Avenue / Newland Avenue

    Take a number 5 bus from the centre to Princes Avenue - about 10 minutes - this is a trendy area for coffee shops and interesting shops such as ethnic grocers, antique shops, book shops and some good pubs.Continue up Princes Avenue and bear left after Pearson Park in to Newland Avenue for more interesting shops, pubs and coffee shops. If you are...

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Kingston upon Hull Sports & Outdoors

  • Tigers and Sharks

    Hull is home of some decent teams, Hull City Football Club, Hull FC and Hull KR. The first two play at the KC Stadium and play hard. The tigers currently play in the Championship but spent 2 seasons in the Premier League.

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  • Kingston Communications Stadium

    Hulls premier sporting stadium is based in West Park and is home to football ( Hull City) and rugby (Hull FC). Based on Sunderlands Stadium of Light this is a slightly smaller version but expansion is possible should capacity be needed to be increased.Set in parkland but in a rather run down area - there is very little to see in the area outside...

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  • Hull Ice Arena

    Hull has an international size ice arena where skaters from across the world come to compete in competitions here. The arena is also home to the ice hockey team the Stingrays.There are many public sessions for people who just want to fun skate too and this is a large arena that is also used for concerts and exhibitions.There is a small cafe but its...

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Kingston upon Hull Favorites

  • Hull Jazz Festival

    This takes place every year over two weeks of events. This year it was on 29th July-5th August (2007) and has been going for 15 years.Unfortunately I didn't get to it this year but have been in the past. It used to be right by the marina in a boat yard and just over two days, now it has a grand opening in Queen's Gardens with events all around the...

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  • Wilberforce 2007

    The whole year is full of events to highlight slavery, in the past and present, most of the events are free, this website has a calender of events Wilberforce 2007In one weekend (28th July) we had the Clipper Round the World Yacht race ships to visit, the Spurn Lightship was open, stalls around the marina and small boat races, a huge blow up bubble...

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  • Hull Mela Festival

    Slightly rained off this year (21st July 2007) this festival has been going since 2005. A 'Mela' is a traditional Indian festival, being in Hull it is a lovely mix of traditional and modern India.There's local and Yorkshire stalls here with music, food, clothes and crafts. Other attractions included belly dancers, bouncy castles, donkey rides,...

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