And don’t leave town without dropping into The Deep (www.thedeep.co.uk) - Hull’s Lottery funded flagship millennium project, home to over 3,500 fish, sharks, rays and penguins - before gawping at Humber Bridge (www.humberbridge.co.uk), one of the engineering wonders of the UK and the seventh longest suspension bridge in the UK.
Fed your mind? Now feed your stomach… The local specialty is the patty – aka deep fried cakes of mashed potato, onion and sage – served with chips. These cholesterol heart attacks waiting to happen were invented for those who couldn’t afford fish with their fries, and are a great source of local pride.
But if you’re not a fan of grease, tuck into upscale Indian fare at Tapasya & Marina (www.tapasya.org.uk/marina/index.php) against a backdrop of the Marina, that’s packed full of gleaming boats. Or for burgers, sharing boards and live music in a shabby chic setting, settle in for an evening at Furley & Co (18 Princes Dock).
Then pop in for a pint (and still have change from £3!) at one of the city’s characterful pubs - there’s no bland high street chains here - like Ye Olde White Hart (www.yeoldewhitehart.com). Built way back in 1550, this historic watering hole has a mysterious skull housed behind the bar, which was found after a fire there in the 19th century. The pub also has ‘plotting rooms’ upstairs where talks that triggered the Civil War are said to have taken place.
After a few drinks with friendly locals who are only to happy to share their world with you - it’s never dull in Hull - I found myself turning to Em and slurring “I love Hull”, only to hear her hollering down the phone to her other half: “You have to come to Hull.”
It seems Hull is no longer just “a place for salesmen and relations.”
DID YOU KNOW?
* Hull is home to England’s smallest window
* The Civil War is said to have started in Hull
* There are life size sculptures of fish in the pavements
* That the HMS Bounty was built in Hull