Why Hull could make a great day out from Sheffield

With its cobbled streets, beautiful Edwardian and Georgian architechture, a vibrant cultural scene and a fantastic selection of shops, Hull is a brilliant destination for a day trip.

By Sarah Marshall
Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 2:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 2:22 pm

How do I get there?

For those travelling via public transport, you can get a direct train from Sheffield railway station with Northern that takes approximately one hour, 15 minutes. To go via car you will need to join the M18 from Sheffield Parkway and follow the M18 and M62, before taking the A63 through to Hull.

What is there to do?

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People walk along a cobbled street in in Hull. Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images

Hull is blessed with a number of excellent museums and art galleries, including Ferens Art Gallery which is home to works by artists including David Hockney and Frans Hals. It is currently showing a “Monet in Mind” exhibition, that runs to July 4, and centres around the French impressionist’s 1888 landscape, “Antibes".

Antibes is the lead artwork, and is joined by work from “Future Ferens,” a group of volunteers aged between 16 and 25, as well as pieces from Ferens’ permanent collection, with highlights from Walter Richard Sickert, Philip Wilson Steer, Derwent Lees, and Barbara Hepworth.

Entry is free, and guests are invited to book in advance via their website at: https://www.hcandl.co.uk/museums-and-galleries/ferens/ferens-art-gallery

Aquariam and sea life centre, The Deep, which is situated at the point where the River Hull joins the River Humber, is home to over 300 species and 5,000 animals, including the penguins, sharks, turtles and rays; and as such, is always a popular tourist attraction.

Reopening of The Deep in Hull, and the celebration of World's Oceans day on Tuesday 8th June. Pictured Bobby Shepherd, aged 3, of Northallerton, North Yorkshire, looking at a Sawfish as it passes over head.

Tickets cost £16.50 for adults, £13 for children and time slots must be booked in advance, via their website at: https://www.thedeep.co.uk/

There are a number of tours and trails, taking you across Hull’s cobbled streets, and to some of its many attractions. Tours from English Heritage-accredited tour guide, Paul Schofield, are always popular, and you can book online by visiting: http://www.tourhull.com/index.html

Other tours on offer include the Real Ale Trail, which takes you around some of Hull’s most historic pubs, the oldest of which is Ye Olde Black Boy dating back to 1337.

Trails include the Fish Trail which sees explorers search for 41 fish across the city centre, taking in the picturesque Old Town and thriving Fruit Market. You can also take the Blue Plaque trail. With the first plaque having been put up to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, there are now over 30 plaques to find on the trail

Hull city centre. Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images

Hull city centre is home to a number of independent shops, and the beautiful, Victorian Paragon Arcade is a must-see. Dating back to 1896, there are a number of interesting places to browse including a craft beer shop and a handmade furniture shop.

Where should I eat and drink?

Hull is blessed with a number of historic pubs, that are a delight to visit, including: Ye Olde White Harte, Hull's most historic pub, allegedly where the Civil War started in 1642 and Ye Olde Black Boy, dating back to 1337.

For food, Mrs M’s Secret Tearoom; Greek restaurant, The Aegean and Piccolo Italian Restaurant are all highly-rated.

Hull's Paragon Shopping Arcade. Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images