Hull

10/2/2012

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Victoria Square, Hull
We've visited Hull quite a few times since The Evil Genius announced the city as her university of choice. I find Hull to be a friendly and vibrant city with great shopping, plenty of eating & drinking places and even
a 'Real Ale Trail'.  Hull is steeped in history with lots of beautiful old buildings & statues.
The Deep is one of the citys main attractions. It is apparently the worlds only 'submarium', it is in fact the largest aquarium I've been to and it has the biggest sharks I've ever seen in my life! There's some fascinating sea creatures inside, the Sawfish being one of my favourites. There's lots of interesting & plenty of hands on displays too. There's also a bubble lift which takes you up through the big tank and gives you a great view of the sharks.
Admission isn't cheap although it is cheaper than 'other' aquariums we've visited and they now do a special offer where your ticket is valid for a whole year (excluding bank holidays) which is good value.

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streetlife museum
 The city also boast many museums with free entry making Hull an ideal venue for a budget day out.
The Streetlife Museum is far & away my favourite of Hulls attractions.
Its a large museum spread over two floors. It has several reconstructed street scenes and houses an example of every conceivable mode of transport (well anything I could think of!) from horse& carraiges and bicycles to trams and even an aeroplane! Theres a very amusing 'carraige ride' to take too...I though it was hilarious, you should try it!

We also visited Wilberforce House. Birthplace of  William Wilberforce who was a famous 19th century campaigner against the slave trade. Housing very poignant & thought provoking displays its an insight into a different era of oppression and eventual freedom.
There's also the Spurn Lightship harboured in the marina, but that always seems to be closed when I visit the city!
I love both lighthouses and ships so its a place I am eager to explore.
With the Maritime Museum,  Arctic Corsairand Ferens Art Gallery still yet to explore Hull has plenty to offer the visitor on a budget.

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