WELCOME TO HULL & EAST YORKSHIRE
Left to right: Hull Fruit Market © Tom Arran. Amazing views in the Yorkshire Wolds.
Eastern promise East Yorkshire has had plenty to shout about in recent years with Hull’s UK City of Culture status in 2017 ensuring the region was catapulted into the spotlight. Historic market towns, stunning shorelines and the undulating hills of the Yorkshire Wolds all combine to form a captivating collaboration of contrasts, guaranteed to ensure you set your path in an easterly direction. Hull’s historic Old Town made it into TravelSupermarket’s ‘Top Ten Hippest Destinations in the UK’ in 2018, which, with an abundance of independent coffee shops, vegan cafés, vinyl shops and art galleries, it is easy to see why. Add to that a feudal mix of medieval streets, gothic architecture in the form of the mighty Hull Minster and more historic pubs than you can shake a stick at and you’ve got yourself a destination with something to suit all tastes. The fabulous Fruit Market is the place to be seen with new bars and restaurants popping up all the time. The ever-popular Humber Street Distillery is a must for all gin lovers; it has an on-site distillery and stocks over 100 different varieties of the much-celebrated spirit. If you’re feeling creative, head to Hotham’s Gin School and have a go at creating your own. Anyone looking to soak up some of Hull’s prestigious nautical history will find what they’re looking for within the city’s network of museums and galleries. The Maritime Museum covers all the seaworthy topics, including whaling, fishing and the merchant trade, or head to The Deep for a further marine life fix. Visit Hull Marina to spot some shipshape sail boats, or follow the fun Fish Trail, a unique pavement of fish that runs through the Old Town.
The famous Ferens Art Gallery is also worth a trip whilst you’re in the vicinity, having recently acquired a sculpture by Australian artist Ron Mueck, one of very few galleries in the UK where you can view a piece by this enigmatic artist. The gallery also houses a magnificent collection of works by some of the best known artists, new and old. If you prefer your entertainment live and loud then the Bonus Arena is a welcome addition to Hull’s lively leisure scene. This fantastic new venue will play host to an assortment of bands, comedians and sports events; everything from the hilarious Bill Bailey to Strictly Come Dancing - The Professionals Tour. Make a weekend of it and book into the Doubletree by Hilton, Hull, so you can really let your hair down. Once you’ve taken in a show, why not indulge in a gourmet dinner in the hotel’s Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill or start the evening off with a cocktail or two from The Lexington roof top bar.
DON'T MISS Gallery 12 contains the Ferens important and unique collection of maritime painting, including works by John Ward and William Frederick Settle, both of whom depicted Hull. The gallery also includes Herbert Draper’s impressive canvas, Ulysses and the Sirens (1909) which is now requested on loan by museums and galleries around the world.
The nearby market town of Beverley is a great place to visit for anyone seeking a more relaxed day out. There’s still plenty to do, but you can take your time strolling around the historic market place (Saturday is market day), exploring the quaint arcades, high-end shops and antique merchants. Be sure to pay a visit to the spectacular Beverley Minster, one of the