Ok – a few photos for starters to give you a clue…..
If you still haven’t figured it out, here’s one last clue. It is actually the UK City of Culture 2017.
Yep, you’ve got it – It’s ‘ull – oh sorry, I mean Hull or Kingston-upon-Hull to give it its full name.
So, Hull and culture may not be two words you’re used to seeing in the same sentence. And admittedly, a lot of the city is looking like this at the moment with the hammer and clatter or workmen and paths and streets being dug up all over the place…..
…but all this work should lead to great things this time next year. As it is, Hull really is a fantastic city with loads to see and do. There’s The Deep, a futuristic aquarium jutting out over the River Humber that contains thousands of sea creatures including sharks…..
There’s even a bit of excitement getting to The Deep as you cross Scale Lane Bridge which links Hull’s old town to The Deep. This is not just any old bridge – it’s the only swing bridge in the country that you get to stand on while it moves..
There is some lovely architecture in Hull’s old town where you’ll find The Museum Quarter…
…home to The Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology, Streetlife Museum of Transport and The William Wilberforce Museum, where you can find out about the transatlantic slave trade – this museum is housed in Wilberforce’s birthplace….
What you notice across the whole city is the hive of activity in preparation for Hull’s big year in 2017 when it becomes UK City of Culture. Hull saw off competition from Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay to scoop the title.
The idea is that the city of culture crown helps cities gain more media attention which will attract more visitors. In turn Hull has to deliver a high quality cultural programme throughout the year.
So areas like Hull’s Fruit Market are getting a huge overhaul to transform it into the city’s artistic and cultural quarter. It’s a rather quirky area next to Hull’s Marina and is home to art galleries, cafés and was the home of the world’s first and only Museum of Club Culture …it’s now relocated if you fancy a trip down memory lane reliving your clubbing days/nights..
I’ve been on a couple of jaunts to Hull recently and have come across a few nice places to eat. The folk at the tourist information centre are incredibly helpful and really keen to promote the city. They pointed us towards Princes Dock Street, and so I can recommend Blue Water Café which I visited with my mum…
…and also Furley & Co, a groovy café/bar, specialising in craft beer and music, housed in a former shipping office (also in Princes Dock Street) which I discovered with Mr B. The sign outside Furley & Co made us smile (luckily Mr B doesn’t sport a beard so it was open door for us)..
Having said that, the chap who served us had the start of a hipster beard going on so don’t feel you need to get the shaver out before you’re allowed in…
Anyway, we noticed this sign on our way out…phew, you really can throw the razor away….
So, there you go, that’s my current take on Hull. If I am honest, it is a bit manic with all the work going on there at the moment but give it a few months and I would definitely get yourselves over there. Maybe one to save for those long winter months…..plenty to do and see all round.