Things to do Hull, East Riding Yorkshire

Hull – Things to do
East Riding of Yorkshire

Average time spent – Up to 3+ hours.

Things to do in Hull review

I love Hull and I think it is terribly underrated. It has some of the grandest buildings of any city and it also boasts some wonderful – and free – museums. There’s plenty to do in Hull which I will cover below.

Arctic Corsair is Currently Closed for Refurbishment. Check back for details once it has reopened.

Cinemas – Cineworld and ODEON

Average time of visit – 1-2 hours. Indoors

Dinostar

Average time of visit – 1-2 hours. Indoors
“Visit Dinostar – Hull’s Dinosaur Experience – the exciting, interactive dinosaur museum. A children’s museum with dinosaurs! Highlights include a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, Triceratops bones you can touch and our interactive SandBox where you can build a volcano! Dinosaurs you can see, touch, hear and even smell! Hull’s own natural history museum. Ideal for children of all ages!”

East Hull Community Farm

Average time of visit – 1 hour
East Hull Community Farm is a real working farm and open to the public. So come and have a look around. If you are lucky you may get to see lambs being born in the Springtime or Sheep sheared in June. The farm is set in almost 7 acres of land most of which is taken up by fields for the animals. We have a training room for our courses, greenhouses, animal housing, two garden areas and farm shop.”

East Park – FREE

Average time of visit – 1-2 hours. Outdoors
“Visit Hull’s largest park. You can take a stroll around 130 acres of parkland, brave a ride on our Wicksteed splash boat, visit our animal education centre or enjoy afternoon tea in our cafe. The unique regional attraction is home to an eclectic menagerie of animals. If you’re feeling brave then get close up to our indoor collection of snakes, tarantulas, millipedes and beetles.

Wander over to the paddocks and aviaries to see our furry and feathered friends. Guinea pigs rub shoulders with goats and sheep, whilst rheas run alongside deer, alpacas, wallabies and showy peacocks. For a special treat visit the walk-through aviary. It’s one of the largest in the country and includes Koi carp, waterfall gardens and exotic birds.”

Hands on History Museum

Average time of visit – 1 hour. Indoors
” The Hands on History Museum, in the old Grammar School where William Wilberforce studied, houses the story of Hull and its people. Hands on History includes a fascinating glimpse into Victorian times, the Story of Hull and also features the Egyptian Gallery. This gallery is home to a genuine 2,600-year-old mummy and unique replicas of King Tutankhamen’s treasures.” ONLY OPEN 12noon to 4 pm on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

Hollywood Bowl

Average time of visit – 1-2 hours. Indoors
“Find everything you need for the perfect game, at our Hollywood Bowl Hull centre. With 26 bowling lanes, and a Diner menu full of tasty food and drinks, it’s got everything you need all under one roof.”

Hull and East Riding Museum – FREE

Average time of visit – 1 hour. Indoors
“Enter a world where 235 million years of history is brought to life. From majestic mammoths to Saxon invaders, visitors to the Hull and East Riding Museum of archaeology can look forward to an experience that is unique, educational and fun. Walkthrough an Iron Age village, enter a Roman bathhouse and look at the stunning mosaics. Discover a mysterious crew of wooden warriors and see our medieval treasures!”

Hull Ice Arena

Average time of visit – 1 hour. Indoors
The Hull Ice Arena, home to an Olympic size ice rink, offers a comprehensive skating programme. It plays host to semi-professional ice hockey and is a renowned concert venue, attracting some of the top names in the music world.”

Hull Maritime Museum – FREE

Average time of visit – 1-2 hours. Indoors
The museum is housed in the Victorian Dock Offices in Queen Victoria Square. These nautical themed offices were designed by Christopher G Wray and originally opened in 1871. Now they display Hull’s maritime activities from the late 18th century to the present. Discover the whaler’s craft of Scrimshaw and see a full-sized whale skeleton, alongside superb ship models and stunning artefacts from Hull’s whaling, fishing and merchant trade.”

Land Train

There are two land trains in Hull which run on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for most of the year. It is handy for visiting the different sites in Hull. “The Blue Train roughly takes you on a 40/45 minute tour from the City Centre to one of the biggest tourist attractions on the east coast (The Deep) then to the Museums Quarter in the old town, then back to the City Centre on a loop. The Green Train takes you on a roughly 45 minute journey from the cenotaph, to the minster, then to the Museums Quarter and back tot he city centre on a loop.”

One Stop Golf

Average time of visit – 1 hour. Outdoors
“Footgolf – The aim of Footgolf is to kick a football into a 52cm hole in the least amount of kicks possible. A football, scorecard and pencil is all you need for a whole lot of fun!. Pirate Adventure golf – Full of fun surprises with 9 challenging holes for all the family to enjoy. Sail the pirates ship day or night thanks to our floodlit facility. Plus a golf driving range at One stop golf.

Pearson Park Wildlife Garden – FREE

Average time of visit – 1 hour. Outdoors
“Divided into different areas, the wildlife garden gives visitors a taste of the different habitats that can be created in a small space and is crammed with ideas and inspiration to help people make a difference for wildlife in their own patch.

The wildlife garden is perfectly formed with different areas of interest – ponds, hedgerows, woodland and a meadow, as well as fruit and a vegetable patch. There is plenty of wildlife making the most of these varied habitats including garden birds like blue tits, long-tailed tits and robins, as well as insects such as butterflies, shield bugs, ladybirds and solitary bees.”

Play in the Fountains – FREE

Outside the Hull maritime museum they have some wonderful fountains which are always running. Kids will love splashing about in them, although you may want to take a change of clothes.

Spurn Lightship – FREE

Average time of visit – Under 1 hour. Mostly indoors
“The Spurn Lightship guided ships safely through the treacherous River Humber for almost 50 years. Step aboard to discover how it was used as a navigational aid and find out what life was like on board.” Currently closed but due to reopen soon.

Streetlife Museum – FREE

Average time of visit – 1-2 hours. Indoors
“Climb aboard at the Streetlife Museum of Transport and enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells of the past. Admission to the Streetlife Museum is free. Step back in time with 200 years of transport history as you walk down a 1940s high street, board a tram or enjoy the pleasures of our carriage ride.”

Superbowl UK

Average time of visit – 1-2 hours. Indoors
“We are proud to host 12 of the latest Tenpin Bowling Lanes including our unique VIP experience. Superbowl UK offers a concourse for players of all ability levels. We are proud to host 12 state of the art lanes including our unique VIP Bowling Experience. The latest scoring system along with bumpers and ramps are provided to make ten-pin bowling more enjoyable and engaging than ever.”

The Deep

Average time of visit – 3-4 hours. Indoors
The Deep is one of the UK’s largest aquariums. It has a large coral reef tank, Endless oceans tank with Loggerhead turtles and sharks plus many other tanks. Rockpool handling, Gentoo penguins, ice wall, lift through the tank and soft play for under 1 metre tall.

West Park – FREE

Average time of visit – 1-2 hours. Outdoors
“Playground is nautical themed with play equipment and slides done as boats. There is an area for older kids too. The paddling pool has several ‘dancing fountains’ rather than being a pool. It’s quite a big park with lots of grassy area to run and play on. There is also an aviary and a paddock containing some animals. There is also a skate park and bowling greens.

Wilberforce House museum – FREE

Average time of visit – Under 1 hour. Indoors
Wilberforce House is the birthplace of William Wilberforce, a famous campaigner against the slave trade. Admission to Wilberforce House is free. The museum tells the story of the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition, as well as dealing with contemporary slavery. Galleries also offer a fascinating glimpse into West African culture.”

For soft play and other play centres please see – Soft Play Centres East Riding Yorkshire

Prices and opening times vary. Please check the websites before visiting. For soft play please follow this link.

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