Kingston upon Hull


Kingston upon Hull, often abbreviated to Hull, is a city on the River Hull where it joins the estuary of the River Humber.

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 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.

Hull has had an important role as a trading port throughout its history and other industries, such as corn milling, grew up around the processing of raw materials shipped through the port.

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.

Not far from the city centre, the old Humber Dock and Railway Dock have been revitalised since the 1980s for use by pleasure boats as the Hull Marina. The dock is reached by boat by a lock from the River Humber near to where the River Hull joins the estuary.

An unusual feature of Hull is that it was the only place in Britain to have cream-coloured rather than red telephone boxes. While the rest of Britain had the red boxes of the post office and later BT, the phones in Hull were run by the city corporation and council until 2007 and later by the company Kingston Communications, now KCOM.

City features

The navigable River Hull flows into the River Humber estuary at Kingston upon Hull.

Many top high street names can be found in the St Stephen's Shopping Centre in Ferensway, Princes Quay Shopping Centre at Princes Dock Street and the Prospect Shopping Centre in Brook Street. Hull also has a range of independent shops among its streets and old arcades, while some of those hard to find items can still be found at the city's historic Trinity Market, which has operated for more than 100 years.

There are Post Offices at Lowgate and at The Prospect Centre in the centre of Hull and many branches around the city.

The city has bank and building society branches.

There is a large range of pharmacies in the city centre and its districts.

From city centre wine bars to local pubs, Hull has plenty to choose from.

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 Hull

The 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 KCOM Stadium, West Park, Hull.
Official website:  Hull City Tigers

Hull FC

Hull FC winners of the Challenge Cup in 2016 and 2017, play Rugby League at the KCOM Stadium, West Park, Hull.
Official website:  Hull FC

Hull Kingston Rovers

Hull Kingston Rovers play Rugby League at Craven Park, Preston Road. The sponsorship title refers to this as KCOM Craven Park, not to be confused with the KCOM Stadium.
Official website:  Hull Kingston Rovers


Hull Truck Theatre

Offers a diverse programme of imaginative home-grown productions and inspirational work from visiting UK artists.

Hull New Theatre

Kingston Square
One 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.


Maritime Museum

Queen Victoria Square, Hull
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  Maritime Museum Hull Culture & Leisure web page.

Streetlife Museum of Transport

High Street
Features 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 Deep

Tower 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 Lightship

Hull Marina
Normally moored at Hull Marina and 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  Hull Culture   Leisure - Spurn Lightship web page

Wilberforce House

High Street
The birthplace of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), who was MP for Hull and 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.

Arctic Corsair

Arctic Corsair is closed from August 2019 for relocation and restoration.
Rear of Streetlife Museum of Transport, High Street, Hull

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.

Burton Constable

Burton Constable, Skirlaugh
Burton Constable Burton Constable is an Elizabethan mansion situated about 9 miles by road south of Hornsea and a similar distance north-east of Hull. Most of the house dates from 1560, although it includes part of a 12th century tower and remains of an earlier brick manor house from the late 15th century. Tours of the house explore up to 30 rooms fitted with original collections and interiors surviving from days as a much-loved family home. The house also has an 18th century orangery, gift shop, play area, gardens and parkland landscaped between 1772 and 1782 by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. The stable block has been restored and its Great Barn exhibits the remains of a whale skeleton brought to Burton Constable after being washed up on the shore at Tunstall on the Holderness coast in 1825. A variety of feature events are held at the hall including musical events, sculpture, a classic car show and demonstrations of country house brewing and crafts. The house, the home of the Constable family for more than 700 years and still partly occupied, is now a museum owned by the Burton Constable Foundation.
For more information see the  Burton Constable website.
Locate on map:  Burton Constable


Hull Paragon Interchange station

Paragon Square, Ferensway
Rail services from Hull include inter-city services to London and regional express services to Selby, Leeds, Huddersfield and across the Pennines to Manchester Piccadilly. Local stopping services operate via Selby to York, via Selby or Goole to Doncaster and Sheffield and on the Yorkshire coastal route via Beverley, Bridlington and Filey to Scarborough.

Managed by: TransPennine Express.
Operators: Hull Trains - TransPennine Express - Northern -

 Northern - Hull Station and departure information at Northern website.

Paragon Interchange

All 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

Road travel

The A63 carries traffic for about 15 miles westward from the city centre before it becomes the M62 which continues past Leeds and Huddersfield and across the Pennines, linking to Manchester and Liverpool. Five miles west of Hull, at Hessle, the A15 crosses the Humber Bridge (toll) providing a link to North Lincolnshire. Hull also has roads towards the Yorkshire Wolds and is at the end of the A165 coastal route to Bridlington and Scarborough.


King George Dock, off Hedon Road
Overnight daily cruise ferry services are operated into and out of Hull by P&O Ferries. The ferries operate between Hull and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The ferries operate from King George Dock, off Hedon Road, about 3.5 miles along the A63 east of the city centre. The Rotterdam ferry operates from Terminal 1. A bus connection to the ferry operates from bus stand D near the St Stephen's shopping centre and Hull Paragon Interchange rail station in the city centre. The previous P&O Ferries service between Hull and Zeebrugge in Belgium ended on January 1, 2021.

Humberside Airport

Humberside 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 air travel page.

The HS2 effect

Our new study has assessed cities and major towns throughout the Yorkshire region for the benefits HS2 will bring in travelling from Yorkshire to London when the proposed section between the Midlands and Leeds is complete in 2033. The line is also planned to link to existing lines to Sheffield and York. Each city or town has been given one of three simple ratings based on convenience and time saved over existing services.
White elephant: Takes the same time or longer than an existing service* or saves less than 10 minutes while now causing a change of trains. (* or HS2 completed to Manchester).
Coffee break: Saves 10 to 45 minutes. Time for a cup of coffee at your destination rather than on the train?
City slicker: Saves 45 minutes or more on existing service getting you to that all-important London meeting in good time.

We've been fairly generous to HS2 in making the assessment. Where a change of trains is now needed, we have assumed that you are on the fastest train to the station where you change to HS2, that it arrives on time, you have 10 minutes to change to the HS2 platform and an HS2 train is waiting to depart at that time. No assessment is made of additional journey costs possible in connecting to or travelling on HS2. The assessment is made on journeys from Yorkshire to London with again no account taken of any convenience or inconvenience in arrival at London Euston rather than London King's Cross station. Further details about our study can be found on The HS2 Effect page.


Compared with the fastest direct services from Hull at present, we estimate only 1 minute would be saved with the best connection at York, and 9 minutes with the best connection at Leeds.

Emergency services

Humberside Police  Humberside Police website.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service  Humberside Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government

Unitary district council

Hull City 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. An election of one-third of the council due to be held in 2020 has been postponed to 2021.

Link to  Hull City Council website.

Political composition after the May 2021 election:

57 members

Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside
 Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside website.

Fire Authority

Humberside 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.
 Humberside Fire Authority website.

Ceremonial county

East Riding of Yorkshire


County Borough in the East Riding of Yorkshire

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