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1. History of Hull
Hull, officially Kingston upon Hull, began life as a port. Ships would travel in and out of the region to and from the North Sea and up the rivers of Yorkshire and the East Midlands. The fishing industry began to grow in Hull in the mid 19th century and this helped the city to become prosperous for a while. Hull was very badly damaged by air raids during the Second World War an...Read more
2. Now in Hull
The port areas of the city are still very important, despite suffering from a decline in the fishing industry. Materials are still imported into Hull and some of the largest super ferries in the world operate from Hull. Regeneration projects are still taking place in the city. The St Stephen’s development was a £200 million scheme that took many big name stores to Hull, and ...Read more
3. Events in Hull
The Maritime Festival takes place in Hull every year and draws visitors from all over Europe and as far as the United States. The Freedom festival is an annual event in the city to celebrate arts, music and culture. Hull Jazz Festival and the Humber Mouth Literature Festival see full programmes of events taking place all over the city. National Family Week takes part in the sum...Read more
4. Attractions in Hull
The Hands On History Museum is situated in the old grammar school where William Wilberforce studied. The Arctic Corsair is Hull’s last sidewinder trawler and is open to visitors, who will be taken on a guided tour by crew members. The Hull Maritime Museum, Spurn Lightship and Streetlife Museum are other places to visit to find out about Hull’s history. The Deep is an award-...Read more
5. Things To Do in Hull
The Seven Seas Fish Trail is a free trail that takes visitors around the city looking for 41 unique fish sculptures. Collect a trail leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre to take part and receive a certificate if you complete it as well as entry into a prize draw. The Napoleonic fortress of Fort Paull on the outskirts of Hull covers 500 years of military history and has p...Read more
6. Business in Hull
The undercover shopping street of St Stephen’s provides a variety of shops, as well as the Princes Quay area and The Prospect Centre. Hull came second nationally in the prestigious Enterprising Britain Awards 2009, and was named runner-up in the Investing in Skills Category at the European Enterprise Awards 2010.
7. Transport in Hull
Humberside International Airport is about 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Hull Paragon Interchange is the city’s new transport centre in Ferensway and includes the main rail and bus stations. The A63, A165 and A1079 are the major roads leading into the city from the rest of the UK.
8. Entertainment in Hull
Venues for live music include Hull City Hall, Hull Arena and Hull University. The list of theatres and cinemas includes Hull New Theatre, Hull City Hall, Hull Screen, Northern Theatre Company, the Fruit Market and the Odeon cinema.
9. Famous Landmarks in Hull
The Humber Bridge is one of the largest suspension bridges. Work began on the bridge in 1972 and it was officially opened in 1981. The University of Hull was founded in around 1927 and was originally just one building known as the Venn Building.
10. Interesting Facts about Hull
Pilot Amy Johnson was from Hull. She was the first woman to fly solo from the UK to Australia, the first person to fly from London to Moscow in one day and made a new world record for her solo flight from London to Cape Town.
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