If you haven't discovered Hull yet you're in for a treat. Culture lovers and families alike will adore Hull which features the magical experience of 'The Deep' aquarium where you can walk through sub-marium tunnels with sharks swimming over your head. Take a tour of Hull's fantastic choice of museums and galleries including the celebrated Ferens Art Gallery with artwork by David Hockney, Henry Moore and numerous old masters. Clustered around Hull's centrally placed Museums Quarter are a selection of first class free entry museums.
Museum gems include Hull Maritime Museum exploring the city's fascinating maritime and fishing industry heritage. Wilberforce House was the birthplace home of Hull's famous son, and anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce. The house is now a museum exploring Wilberforce's life and work alongside exhibits on the history of slavery. Other Hull museum treats include the family fun Streetlife Transport Museum and Hull's last sidewinder trawler - the Arctic Corsair with free guided tours available.
Hull's old town area around High Street is the city's location for the main museum quarter. A cultural feast of museums, chic cafes and Georgian architecture, the museum quarter is a good place to start your city break in Hull. In the Museum Quarter sits the Hull and East Riding Museum, Streetlife Museum of Transport, Wilberforce House Museum and the Arctic Corsair, Hull's last side fishing vessel (sidewinder) dating from 1960 the Arctic Corsair is moored up on the riverbank near the Transport Museum with guided tours available.
Kids will love Hull's Hands on History Museum on South Church Side housed in the old grammar school dating from 1347. William Wilberforce attended this school, which was also the site for Hull merchants guilds meetings on the first floor of the Tudor building. Today the museum offers a ground floor dedicated to Victorian Britain, with plenty of hands-on exhibits. The Second Floor plays host to 'The Story of Hull and its People' exhibit focusing on the social history of the city alongside an ancient Egypt display. Move to Hull's Marina to tour the Spurn Lighship which once served as navigational aid for ships entering the River Humber.
The free entry Ferens Art Gallery has a well established history - the gallery first opened in 1927. This award winning Yorkshire art gallery is one of the regions best. The impressive collection includes a fine selection of old European masters, particularly Dutch works by the likes of Jacob Van Ruisdael (1628-82) renowned for his landscapes. Frans Halls' Portrait of a Young Woman and artwork by Antonio Canaletto is a highlight in the gallery. Victorian and Edwardian art on display includes gems by artists such as Newlyn School notable Walter Langley and discover pieces by Hull's most acclaimed marine artist John Ward (1798-1849). More contemporary gems feature by the likes of Stanley Spencer and David Hockney.
Hull boasts two premier theatres. Historic Hull New Theatre on Kingston Square first opened its doors in 1939 - a mammoth achievement to open a new theatre during wartime and the credit is largely due to the vision and efforts of Peppino Santangelo who maintained his connections with the theatre until retirement in 1951. Hull New Theatre has consistently changed with the times, yet today retains its links with the past offering an annual Christmas pantomime alongside musicals, drama and ballet.
The Hull Truck Theatre has gone from strength to strength, touring around the country and based at the spacious modern venue on Ferensway. Facilities on-site include bars, a cafe, educational facilities and a larger main auditorium seating up to 440 people. Hull Truck's programme of drama, music and comedy is cutting edge, always with new writing at its core. The theatre also hosts popular annual festivals and events including Hull Jazz Festival.