Hull Hotels - Many people may be surprised to know that Hull's actual name is Kingston Upon Hull. Perhaps just as unexpectedly, to those who've never visited, it's one of the prettiest and most beguiling cities in England, with its old cobbled streets, grand domed buildings, and manicured gardens which make it a delight to explore on foot. A particularly historic district is the Trinity Quarter, where you'll find quirky independent shops and the glass-covered Victorian passageway of Hepworth's Arcade. Any visit should also include the Marina, for a taste of the city's maritime past and a taste of the local food too, with restaurants offering views of the famous waters.
Things to see
One of Hull's claims to fame is The Deep – quite simply one of the largest and most spectacular aquariums in the world. Housed in a strikingly contemporary jagged structure, it's home to more than 3,500 exotic examples of sea life, from sharks to rays to fluttering, flamboyantly colored tropical fish (including piranhas). Be sure to take a walk through the underwater tunnel, and a ride on the glass elevator. Sports fans will enjoy a visit to KC Stadium – home not only to Hull City football club, but also Hull FC, one of the very first rugby league clubs. If the weather's being kind, a turn around Pearson Park makes a lovely antidote to the city streets, with its Victorian landscaping. It's also known for its connection with Hull's famed poet, Philip Larkin, whose house overlooked the fields. Another famed Hull resident was William Wilberforce, the man whose tireless campaigning helped end slavery. His house is now a museum, where you can see his actual journals, records, and even his clothes.
Hotels in Hull
Many people are drawn to Hull for its maritime flavor, and if that tickles your fancy you may want to book a hotel in Hull which will give you views over the Humber estuary. Many of the higher end Hull hotels feature on-site facilities such as indoor swimming pools, spas, and fitness centers, ensuring you can really pamper yourself during your stay. It almost goes without saying that the city also has a plethora of budget-friendly accommodation, from chain hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts, which are perfect for business travelers and groups alike.
Where to stay
The city center is a good choice when it comes to picking where to book your hotel in Hull. It means the charming, winding lanes of the Old Town are in close proximity, as well as the more contemporary distractions of St Stephen's shopping center, a sprawling 40-acre complex of shops, bars, and eateries which attracts around 10 million visitors a year. More shopping – this time of a more picturesque nature – can be enjoyed at Princes Quay. Built over the Marina, it's filled with boutiques, jewellers, and places to eat while looking out at the lapping waters.
How to get to
One way to get into Hull is by catching a flight to Humberside International Airport, although options here are slightly limited with planes coming in from Aberdeen and Amsterdam, among select European locations. The airport is located only around 20 minutes from the city center by car. Another way in is by rail, with direct trains going to and from Hull Paragon Interchange (look out for the statue of Philip Larkin while you're there).