The Deep Submarium Hull, one of the 20 businesses which signed up for the Hull 2017 Angels initiative, part of the successful bid

The Deep Submarium Hull, one of the 20 businesses which signed up for the Hull 2017 Angels initiative, part of the successful bid

Wilberforce House, Hull Museums Quarter

Wilberforce House, Hull Museums Quarter

Hull, East Yorkshire's great hidden gem maritime city of the arts has been named City of Culture for 2017. Recognition is long overdue for this vibrant East Yorkshire city which was shortlisted with other cities including Dundee and Leicester. Coastal city Hull is famously the birthplace of anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce and contains an internationally acclaimed university, dynamic museum quarters, a world class art gallery, a modern ‘island’ shopping centre and The Deep, the world’s only submarium in the shape of a giant ship jutting out from the Hull waterfront.

The whole city got right behind the bid, with huge support coming from local residents on social media. Particularly poignant in the bid’s success was a film narrated partly by the Hull born actor Sir Tom Courtenay which featured poetry by the poet Philip Larkin. One of Britain’s greatest poets, Larkin became university librarian at Hull University from 1955 and remained in the city for the rest of his life until his death in 1985.

Around twenty local and national businesses signed up for the Hull 2017 Angels initiative, a key part of the Bid’s success. These included The Deep, Hull Shopping Centre, the University of Hull, BP, the Wykeland Group and the Daily Mail. ‘City of Culture’ status now offers an exciting opportunity to communicate to an international and national audience just what a great city Hull is.

Hull has also recently gained a new architectural marvel - a pedestrian swing bridge connecting the East and West banks of the River Hull. Not only is it visually stunning, especially when illuminated at night, but it seamlessly connects town centre shops, restaurants and attractions like the Maritime Museum with The Deep submarium, The Fruit Quarter and the spectacular marina.

Island shopping centre Princes Quay in Hull

Island shopping centre Princes Quay in Hull

Location Information

The city of Hull is located on Yorkshire’s East Riding coast accessible by road from the west at the end of fast M62 motorway and from the south via the M180 and A15 across the Humber Bridge. Nearest airport, Humberside Airport is situated just 19 miles south of Hull and P&O Ferries operate regular ferry services into Hull from Zebrugge (Belgium) and Rotterdam (Holland). Robin Hood Doncaster/ Sheffield Airport is also within an easy drive of the city to the south. Leave the car behind and take the no hassle route into Hull by train with First Hull Trains. A regular service runs between London Kings Cross and Hull, stopping en-route at Stevenage, Grantham, Retford, Doncaster near Robin Hood Airport, Selby, Howden, Brough and finally Hull. Journey time is only just over 1 1/2 hours.

Martime Museum Hull

Martime Museum Hull

Where to Stay

Accommodation choice in and around Hull includes a fantastic variety of options in the centre, surrounding countryside or along the charming Holderness coast around Hornsea and Withernsea. Base yourself in the heart of the City of Culture near museums including Wilberforce House, the Maritime Museum and the Ferens Art Gallery and book a stylish modern hotel, a historic B&B inn or a quality budget chain hotel all available here on Iknow.

Checkout First Hull Trains' Interactive Infographic blog for the latest City of Culture News (Image credit: http://hulltrains.co.uk/blog/infographics/the-city-of-hull-ture/#.VFDUz1dr8aN)

Checkout First Hull Trains' Interactive Infographic blog for the latest City of Culture News

You’ve a choice of unique independently owned holiday cottages and lodges, caravan parks and stylish seaside apartments around nearby Hornsea and Withernsea on the coast or stay in a beautiful luxury B&B or guest house in East Yorkshire minster town Beverley just north of Hull. Beverley is also famed for its racecourse, fine specialist shops, restaurants and inns. The gentle countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds just north of Hull around Driffield, Pocklington and Market Wighton is another great area to stay if you’re planning a visit to the 2017 City of Culture. The Yorkshire Wolds contains a wide choice of character cottages, old real ale inns with rooms and welcoming B&B guest houses. Find your perfect City of Culture accommodation in Hull now, and book online or direct.

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Accommodation in Beverley

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Accommodation in Hornsea

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  • Gransmoor   (8.8 miles from the centre of Hornsea)
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  • Withernsea   (12.3 miles from the centre of Hornsea)
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