The coastal city of Hull earned its name of Kingston upon Hull in 1299, after King Edward I granted it a royal charter. Built upon the Humber estuary, Hull has a diverse maritime heritage which continues to influence the city today.
Due to its strategic location, Hull has served as a trading post, military port, international harbour and whaling hub in its 800 year history. It has also played an important role in major world events, the abolitionist William Wilberforce hailed from Hull and his story can be tracked in the city's fascinating Wilberforce House in the Museum Quarter.
Hull was the most heavily bombed city in the United Kingdom after London during the Second World War, with over 95% of the town centre being destroyed. The port was also a strategic port and immigration station during the mass 18th century migration to the new world. A Hull holiday is a truly fascinating experience as it offers a vibrant history, striking architecture, warm culture and a diverse people.
The Humber Bridge is the first sight that you see when you enter the city by road, as the fifth largest single span suspension bridge in the country it is a marvellous site. The Bridge spans the Humber Estuary and connects the counties of North Lincolnshire to the East Riding of Yorkshire. As a modern masterpiece, the Humber Bridge makes for one of the most striking views on a holiday in Hull.
Hull is a main gateway into Europe with P&O Ferries sailing to Zeebrugge in Belgium and Rotterdam in Holland daily. Many ferry passengers choose to take a short Hull holiday before or after their European adventure and with such a wide range of comfortable Hull accommodation to choose from, it's not hard to see why.
One of the most quirky things to do in Hull is to track down one of the city's Cream Phone Boxes. Hull is unique as it is the only place in the England to have its own independent telephone company. During your stay in Hull explore the city and see how many exclusive cream telephone boxes you can find.
The Old Town of Hull is home to a wealth of mesmerizing museums and intriguing places to see on your Hull holiday. Take the time to discover the historic old town and visit Hasholme Log boat at the Hull and East Riding Museum, Britain's most complete prehistoric logboat or explore the Arctic Corsair, a deep sea trawler which tells the story of Hull's nautical past.
On your Hull holiday why not venue into The Deep and uncover the secrets of the sea in the world largest and only submarium. Opened in the spring of 2002, The Deep has attracted over two million visitors who come to marvel at the thousands of wondrous sea creatures on show in this state of the art aquarium. Explore the world's nautical habitats and discover how marine biologists are preserving our oceans for future generations.
A holiday in Hull is perfect if you're looking for a lively and entertaining weekend away as it has a legendary nightlife and is home to a wealth of dazzling festivals. Each August the city holds the vibrant Hull Jazz Festival which is centred around the marina and boasts an amazing range of talented acts, artists and entertainers.
On your delightful Hull holiday you'll enjoy a spectacular range of shopping, eclectic entertainment, gourmet dining, compelling history, striking architecture and heartwarming atmosphere. Your holiday will only be made better when you check into your compelling Hull accommodation and experience the gracious hospitality that your Hull hosts have to offer.