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Hull and East Yorkshire

1. The Deep, Hull

The Deep is one of the most impressive aquariums in the country and is home to 40 sharks and over 3,500 fish. There are several different zones including a coral reef and the Industrial Seas which looks at the relationship between man and the marine environment. The dramatic building designed by Sir Terry Farrell is located on the Humber Estuary. You can now dine with sharks on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Two Rivers Restaurant with riverside or tank views.

2. Streetlife Museum, Hull

Visitors to the Streetlife Museum will experience a first-class collection of transport exhibits, from trams to tricycles. The award-winning galleries allow visitors to sample the sights, sounds and smells of 200 years of transport history and guarantees a fun day out. The museum also runs a series of events throughout the year such as “Time Troopers” and “In Touch with Inventions.”

3. Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve

A walk along the top of the magnificent chalk faced cliffs at Flamborough Head is a birdspotter’s paradise, alive with a wide variety of birdlife. Species include Oyster catchers, gulls, Eider Ducks, Cormorants and wagtails, as well as blackbirds, swallows, robins, kestrels and wrens to name just a few. In a good day’s outing you could probably spot about 60 different species. Carry on to Bempton nature reserve and take in the amazing sight of thousands of seabirds, including puffins.

4. Wilberforce House, Hull

Wilberforce House is the birthplace of slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833), a British politicaian, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. Wilberforce House Museum explores the history of slavery, the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire and the legacy of slavery today. The house has recently re-opened after a multi-million-pound refurbishment.

5. Fort Paull Napoleonic Fortress

Explore 500 years of history within the walls of this superb Napoleonic fortress set in 10 acres of landscaped grounds, with magnificent views over the Humber estuary. The first fort here was built in 1542, but is the fourth and final version from 1862 with it’s impressive coastal weaponry that you can visit today. Exhibits include the only surviving Blackburn Bentley aircraft and historical re-enactments take place throughout the year. Contact Fort Paull for details.

6. Hull Maritime Museum

Hull dominated the Arctic whaling trade in the early nineteenth century and there is an outstanding collection of whaling artifacts at Hull Maritime Museum. This includes skeletons of the whales themselves, tools and weapons, as well as journals and logbooks. There are fine paintings of ships and the largest collection of scrimshaw on this side of the Atlantic. The museum also tells the story of the city’s involvement in fishing, with models ranging from small smacks to huge modern stern trawlers.

7. Humber Speed Boat Rides and Parasailing

Humber Parasailing is the only parasailing centre in the north of England and offers a variety of speed boat trips and mini adventures for adrenalin junkies of all ages. Be lauched by a winch from a moving speedboat  before soaring into the sky, or take a more sedate  slow trip under the Humber Bridge and get a close up view of  Hull’s  P&Q Superferry and the last Sidewinder Arctic Trawler.

8. Hull Truck Theatre

Established in 1971, Hull Truck Theatre is not a venue for truck rallies as the name may imply, but is one of only six producing theatres in the Yorkshire region, providing a range of plays, music, dance, concerts, events and activities. Throughout its history, Hull Truck has continued to push artistic boundaries as a pioneering force of contemporary British theatre.

9. Hull and East Riding Museum

Highlights of the collections Hull and East Riding Museum include the only dinosaur bones to have been found in East Yorkshire, mysterious Bronze Age warriors and spectacular treasures from the Middle Ages. Stroll through an Iron Age village and visit a Roman bath-house. From majestic mammoths to Saxon invaders, visitors can look forward to an experience that is unique, educational and fun.

10. The Bayle Museum, Bridlington

The Bayle Museum was once Gatehouse to Bridlington Priory and contains collections with interactive games, listening posts, life size historical figures and other exhibits telling the social and political history of Bridlington.

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