Kingston upon Hull

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Hull, or Kingston upon Hull, to give it its full name, is a city in East Yorkshire, England. Located on the northern bank of the Humber Estuary, this city is renowned for its rich cultural legacy, maritime past, and thriving artistic community. Some essential facts about Hull are as follows:

It lies upon the River Hull at its confluence with the Humber Estuary, 25 miles (40 km) inland from the North Sea and 37 miles (60 km) south-east of York, the historic county town. With a population of 267,014 (2021), (estimated at 288,842 in 2023), it is the fourth-largest city in the Yorkshire and Humber region after Leeds, Sheffield, and Bradford. Hull’s cost of living is lower than the national average and that of most major UK cities. Affordable housing, rental rates, and general living costs all make this a desirable location.

Hull has a long and storied past that can be traced back to the 12th century. Its maritime history dates back to the Middle Ages when it served as a major port and trading center. More than 95% of the city was damaged or destroyed in the blitz and suffered a period of post-industrial decline (social deprivation, education, and policing). The destroyed areas of the city were rebuilt in the post-Second World War period. In the early 21st-century spending boom before the late 2000s recession, the city saw large amounts of new retail, commercial, housing, and public service construction spending.

Hull’s architecture is eclectic, encompassing both historic landmarks and cutting-edge skyscrapers. The Old Town district features several ancient structures that have been carefully conserved over the years. These include the Holy Trinity Church and the Hull Marina. The city has many museums and galleries that display the history and art of the area. Locals and tourists alike flock to Hull’s many museums and galleries, including the Maritime Museum (currently undergoing refurbishment), the Streetlife Museum of Transport, Ferens Art Gallery, and the Deep (an amazing aquarium) – all info HERE.

When it comes to higher learning, students from all over the world flock to the University of Hull. The university campus, located in a verdant section of town, helps to make that community so exciting. Hull has a rich history in sports, particularly rugby league and football. Hull is home to three major professional sports teams: Hull City AFC and Hull FC , & the robins, Hull Kingston Rovers who we sponsor. Hull offers regular train services to London, Manchester, Leeds, and other major cities, making it convenient to travel between them. Hull Station can be found within the Hull Paragon Interchange, which is also the home of Hull’s bus station. Local buses are convenient, and the city’s relatively flat landscape makes cycling a popular mode of transportation.

Hull’s arts and cultural scene received a major boost in 2017 when the city was named the UK City of Culture and hosted the Turner Prize at the city’s Ferens Art Gallery. The city’s ingenuity was on display all year long at a number of events and exhibitions that helped to restore its standing. Hull is home to prominent musicians like Mick Ronson (who, in 1970, changed the musical fortunes of David Bowie, a struggling singer-songwriter, and with their band the Spiders From Mars, they created some of glam-rock’s best-loved albums: Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, and Aladdin Sane) and The Housemartins (who often referred to themselves as “the fourth best band in Hull”, with the best three bands being Red Guitars, Everything but the Girl, and the Gargoyles, and had their first major hit in 1986 with “Happy Hour” followed by “Caravan of Love,” which hit number 1 on the singles chart in December of the same year). Both local and international musicians are honoured at the city’s many music festivals, such as the Freedom Festival and the Humber Street Sesh.

 

Hull’s proximity to the Yorkshire Wolds and the East Yorkshire coast are only two examples of the stunning natural scenery that can be seen in the region. Walks along the seaside, bike rides, and other outdoor pursuits are all possible in these regions. Hull boasts a well-connected network of walking and cycling paths that allow residents and visitors to easily explore the city’s parks, green spaces, and waterfront areas. Furthermore, the city is also home to several nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, providing ample opportunities for birdwatching and nature enthusiasts. On a hot sunny day, why not venture to one of these wonderful beaches: Bridlington, Filey, Fraisthorpe, Barmston or Skipsea?