Bucket list – Visit The Deep, Hull
This is now our third visit to The Deep in Hull. Although it’s a bit of a trek for us (1hr 20) it’s worth it to us. The Deep is a large aquarium and in my eyes one of the countries best. They have over 3500 fish and a few rather lovely Gentoo penguins. There’s always plenty of activities on for everyone too, especially families. This review is also for the purpose of including The Deep in our family bucket list.
Last time we came we upgraded our tickets to free returns for a year. I bought online in advance £10.80 for me and £9.00 for my son. If I’d have bought our tickets on the day I’d have paid another £2.20. So for this visit we just had to pay £2 to park. Frustratingly that only gets you 4 hours parking and with lunch and the various other things to do there we could have easily spent longer.
As we live in Lincolnshire we also have the £1.50 each way charge to go over the Humber bridge. But it’s worth it as we love going over it.
The Lagoon tank is still being refurbished and is due to be completed in February but there’s still plenty to see and do. Jamie loves the walkway with all the interactive exhibits. Just on from this you will find the touch pools which are a big favourite of ours. They have one very large main tank which you can view from many different size windows, there’s even a small tunnel. This is the tank where you can watch people dive to feed the fish once a day. With the sting ray and sharks by far the most fun to see.
There’s quite a few other tanks to see and of course you can ‘find Nemo’.
We have been known to spend a long time watching the Gentoo penguins. Especially from the tank where you can see them swimming under water. As we had lunch before we made it all the way round we came back to see the penguins and one, much to Jamie’s delight, was right up against the glass window drinking from a puddle. He literally must have spent 10 minutes stood next to this penguin wanting photos with it etc.
Another highlight to Jamie’s visit is the soft play area just before the lift back up. It’s not huge but he loves it. Sadly I made the realisation that he’s actually a tiny bit too tall for it now. This will not go down well next visit as I will have to ban him. It seems a shame but I get why they have a height limit (1 metre).
It’s great fun going back up in their glass lift. Top tip though is to perhaps get this over and done early and then go back in to see what you’d have missed. I noticed that the queue around 2pm was very long and as each lift journey takes quite awhile you could spend an awful long time waiting. There is a staircase back up which is also fun. There’s somewhere to stop and look at the large tank after every flight. Be warned though there’s quite a lot of steps.
We came just after Christmas and they had a puppet show on three times a day. So with various other activities there was a lot on, but it did get very busy. I am looking forward to returning in March once the lagoon tank is finished.
We ate in the café and managed to get a table looking out over the Humber estuary. The food was reasonable and for just under £10 we both had a hot meal, a soft drink and a piece of fruit.
I am a bit obsessed by toilet cleanliness and I have to say I wasn’t very impressed. They were quite dirty and didn’t look like anyone had attended them during us arriving and leaving. Which is always a bit of a shame to me.
In conclusion we had a lovely two thumbs up day out. We are both looking forward to returning again soon and hopefully next time with my Mum or husband.
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