Kingston upon Hull
The city through its port offers a major gateway between Yorkshire and Europe and was the UK City of Culture in 2017.
Hull is a university city and is well-known among sports fans for its two Rugby League teams, the 2016 and 2017 Challenge Cup winners Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers. Hull FC and soccer club Hull City play at the MKM Stadium (previously the KCOM Stadium), which opened in December 2002.
Kingston upon Hull is traced back in history to 1299 when King Edward I, having bought settlements from the Abbey of Meaux, gave a new name to a town being established as Wyke together with a charter making it a self-governing community.
King Edward I is commemorated in one of the city's fine royal statues, his being situated inside the city's Guildhall. There are also statues to the memory of King William III in the Market Place and one to the memory of Queen Victoria in Queen Victoria Square.
Other monarchs are also recorded in the history of Kingston upon Hull, which was once a walled city. It was at the Beverley Gate in 1642 that the Parlimentarian govenor Sir John Hotham denied access to King Charles I, one of the first public hostilities of the English Civil War. The site of the gate is revealed within some of the modern streetscape of the city.
The city's highest pedestal is that of the Wilberforce Monument, commemorating the Hull-born MP William Wilberforce who led a campaign in Parliament through several decades for the abolition of the slave trade. The Slavery Abolition Act came just before his death in 1833. His birthplace is now the Wilberforce House Museum, telling the story of the slave trade and its abolition (see below).
In the late 18th century there was massive growth in the whaling industry and a century later the fishing industry became the attraction with Hull's trawlermen travelling to the North Sea and as far afield as Arctic waters off Greenland, Iceland and Russia for their catches.
Despite the severe bombardment of Hull in the Second World War, which destroyed half the city centre and killed 1,200 people, it still has an Old Town in which parts of Hull's history can still be seen and which are today enhanced by a group of free museums.
The navigable River Hull flows into the River Humber estuary at Kingston upon Hull.
The city has bank and building society branches.
There is a large range of pharmacies in the city centre and its districts.
A large number of restaurants ensure Hull offers a dining scene catering for foodies of all tastes.
The city has a large choice of cafes and coffee shops.
Hull Central Library is in Albion Street. There are also several branch libraries in districts of the city.
Museum details appear below.
Details of Hull's theatres are below.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed, Islamic, Sikh, Hindu, Judaist, Buddhist, other
Renamed Hull Minster in 2017, Holy Trinity Church is the Anglican parish church of the city of Hull and is said to be the largest parish church in England. It dates back to around 1300, having being founded by King Edward I and is the only surviving building from the original 'King's Town' upon the River Hull. It was extended later in the 14th century before it was finally consecrated in 1425.
Further details at the
Hull Minster website.
University of HullThe University's Hull campus is situated in the residential district of Newland, two miles north of the city centre. University College Hull was founded in 1927. After many years as an outpost of the University of London it was granted its own royal charter as the University of Hull in 1954. The university expanded in 2003 when it acquired the University of Lincoln's Hull campus next to its own.
University of Hull website.
Hull City Tigers'The Tigers' play at the MKM Stadium, West Park, Hull.
Hull City Tigers
Hull FCHull FC winners of the Challenge Cup in 2016 and 2017, play Rugby League at the MKM Stadium, West Park, Hull.
Hull Kingston RoversHull Kingston Rovers play Rugby League at Craven Park, Preston Road.
Hull Kingston Rovers
Hull Truck Theatre
FerenswayOffers a diverse programme of imaginative home-grown productions and inspirational work from visiting UK artists.
Hull New Theatre
Kingston SquareOne of the leading touring theatres in the UK, Hull New Theatre recently had a major revamp aimed at staging even bigger shows, including musicals, theatre, comedy and music artists.
Hull's maritime heritage from the 18th century to the present is revealed in this museum housed in Victorian dock offices. Exhibits, including a full-sized whale skeleton and models of ships, tell the story of whaling, fishing and the merchant fleet.
More details at the
Streetlife Museum of Transport
High StreetFeatures 200 years of transport history including a horse-drawn carriages, veteran cars, a tram, a recreation of a 1930s street scene and a railway goods shed. The museum also has a section about Hull's industrial revolution in flour milling.
Places to visit
The DeepTower Street
This spectacular aquarium is a short walk from Hull Marina via the Millennium Bridge. The landmark building overlooking the Humber estuary is the home to 3,500 fish, including sharks and rays.
The Spurn LightshipHull Marina
Moored at Hull Marina and normally open to the public to step aboard, The Spurn Lightship shows how it was once used to help guide ships past the treacherous headland at the end of the Humber estuary. The ship was temporarily closed and moved in September 2018 while improvements take place to the nearby road, but is due to return with improved accessibilty.
Further details can be found at the
Wilberforce House MuseumHigh Street
The birthplace of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), who spent most of a Parliamentary career of 45 years as MP for Yorkshire. He was a leading campaigner for the abolition of slavery. Wilberforce House now contains an exhibition of his journals and campaigns and other items related to the slave trade and its abolition.
The Arctic Corsair, a sidewinder trawler, was built at Beverley Shipyard in 1960 and spent its days going to sea from Hull, where it now remains as a museum exhibit. Tours can be booked at the Museums Quarter reception at High Street in Hull on certain days. The trawler was involved in the 'Cod Wars' with Iceland in the 1970s and retired from fishing in 1987.
Find out more at this
Hull City Council - Arctic Corsair webpage.
Burton ConstableBurton Constable, Skirlaugh
For more information see the
Burton Constable website.
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Hull Paragon Interchange stationParagon Square, Ferensway
Managed by: TransPennine Express.
Operators: Hull Trains - TransPennine Express - Northern -
Paragon InterchangeAll buses operating into Hull use the Paragon Interchange between the station and the St Stephen's shopping centre.
Bus operators in Hull are East Yorkshire Motor Services and Stagecoach
FerriesKing George Dock, off Hedon Road
Humberside AirportHumberside airport is at the other side of the Humber estuary at Kirmington, North Lincolnshire. It can be reached by car via the Humber Bridge (toll) in about 30 minutes or by the Humber Flyer bus from Paragon Interchange in 53 minutes. For more details see our
Emergency servicesHumberside Police
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Unitary district council
The unitary authority area stretches little more than 5 miles from the city centre, covering principally the districts and villages that have been absorbed into the city and also the docks. Villages and rural areas beyond are in the East Riding of Yorkshire unitary authority area.
The 23 wards of the City of Hull are represented by 59 councillors. In wards represented by three councillors, one councillor is elected for a four-year term in elections in three out of four years. In wards with two councillors there is an election in two out of four years.
Hull City Council website.
Political composition after the May 2022 election was:
Political composition after the May 2023 election is:
Police and Crime CommissionerThe Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside
Fire AuthorityHumberside Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the four unitary authorities served by the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service - East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire.