he beautiful buildings of the Old Town are testament to the city’s seafaring heyday and the old cobbled streets have witnessed some of the country’s most significant historical moments; from plots against the royal family to the World War II Blitz when Hull was heavily bombed. Thankfully the Old Town survived and is now home to the free to enter Museums Quarter which includes Wilberforce House, the birthplace of the famous antislavery trade campaigner William Wilberforce. Nearby the magnificent Ferens Art Gallery is home to a fabulous art collection spanning the 14th century to the present day and includes prized works by European Old Masters like Canaletto. The attractive Hull Marina, with its sleek yachts is also the centre of Hull’s cultural scene. A stone’s throw from the water’s edge is the Fruit Market which used to be home to a flourishing fruit trade. It’s now the place to find some of Yorkshire’s finest eateries, traditional pubs, microbreweries and even a gin distillery, all alongside art galleries and live music. A short walk away you’ll find the incredible Trinity Market bursting with street food vendors cooking up a storm of flavours and taste sensations from across the globe. The beautifully refurbished Victorian Paragon Arcade is the perfect place to while away time as you browse the swathe of fashionable independent shops and cafes. From the comfort of dry land experience an awe-inspiring underwater world at The Deep. This is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world with a staggering range of marine
life from across the globe to admire, from small and colourful tropical fish to huge sharks, rays and adorable penguins. It’s guaranteed to delight young and old alike. For a leisurely day out, the nearby market town of Beverley is a great place to visit. Enjoy a stroll around the historic market place (Saturday is market day) and explore the quaint arcades, high-end shops and antique merchants. A trip here isn’t complete without taking in the imposing and ornate Beverley Minster, widely regarded as a gothic masterpiece and the inspiration for London’s Westminster Abbey. Just outside the town is the beautiful greenery of Beverley Westwood home to Beverley Racecourse, which hosts a variety of exciting fixtures including the family focused Bygone Beverley Raceday and the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes. A recent addition to the town is the Flemingate shopping area where families can enjoy the cinema, high street shops, a gym and even an inflatable theme park. Younger visitors will love a visit to William’s Den in neighbouring North Cave. This unique indoormeets-outdoor adventure playscape, centred on good old-fashioned fun is inspired by kids and loved by grown-ups. Whilst here enjoy the refreshments in the fabulous café, including the home-made ice cream, a firm favourite with all who visit. While you’re in the area, pop over to Drewton’s farm shop offering the very best in locally sourced produce in its café, delicatessen and butchers. The picturesque Yorkshire Wolds are not to be missed. Gently undulating hills and picture postcard
villages make this a peaceful haven to lose yourself in. Explore the stunning scenery on foot as you follow all or part of the 79 mile Wolds Way, or pedal through wildflower and hedgerow lined country lanes on the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route. Make sure you stop at the charming country houses of Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens and Burton Constable Hall and Grounds both filled with treasures amassed over the centuries or the majestic Sledmere House and Gardens near Driffield. The stunning heritage coast highlights of RSPB Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve, Flamborough Head and Spurn offer magnificent views and a wealth of flora and fauna. The domineering chalk cliffs at Flamborough stand at 400 feet and whilst high tides see them battered by the waves, low tide reveals caves that can be accessed from North Landing via the cliff footpaths and steps near the lighthouse at Flamborough Head. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Centre is a great place for families to learn more about sea life above and below the waves. The traditional seaside town of Bridlington has a lot to offer; a 900 year old working harbour, beautiful beaches, long promenades, excellent fish and chip restaurants and John Bull World of Rock where you’ll find colourful sticks of rock galore! Here, with a dramatic clifftop location and stunning views of the bay and harbour below, you’ll find Bridlington Spa. One of the Yorkshire coast’s most iconic live music, dance hall and theatre venues. Close by, set in 50 acres of parkland, the charming Sewerby Hall and Gardens offers something for everyone. Relax in the award-winning gardens or explore the deep-rooted heritage of the house.