Hull: a city of culture, comedy and cruises (and more)

Kingston-upon-Hull was named the second-ever UK City of Culture in 2017. The chairman of the judges described Hull as ‘a city coming out of the shadows’. And having once been seen as a typically unglamorous northern city, Hull’s been enjoying the limelight ever since.

Tens of millions of pounds have been invested in the city. This has fueled new businesses, creating jobs in renewable energy, healthcare and telecommunications. Not to mention tourism. Always a port city, Hull’s docks have also had a new lease of life in recent years. Ferries carry passengers to Belgium and the Netherlands. And cruise ships take tourists to Iceland, the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic. You might be planning a city break in Amsterdam or a trip to see the northern lights. Either way, don’t neglect the city that’s your springboard.

A rich cultural legacy

Hull itself is home to an exciting and eclectic culture. So why not stop over for a few days and start your holiday early? Or, indeed, make Hull your city break destination of choice. Fittingly, the port city boasts an award-winning aquarium, The Deep. There’s also the Ferens Art Gallery and the Streetlife Museum of Transport.


What’s now the Maritime Museum began life in 1871 as Hull’s Dock Offices. The Grade 2* listed building is currently being refurbished. As well as making the most of the original architecture, the work is opening up more public space. There will be new exhibitions and displays of previously unseen material showcasing 800 years of maritime history. The museum is expected to reopen in early 2025.

Dramatic nights out

In the meantime, there are plenty of other attractions. There’s the Hull New Theatre, which is actually not so new. It first opened its doors in 1939, with a production of with Noel Gay’s Me and My Girl. But it was fully refurbished for City of Culture in 2017. And it now offers a range of drama, family shows, dance and musicals. As well as regular workshops and the region's largest pantomime. There’s also the celebrated Hull Truck Theatre. This innovative company has been reaching a variety of audiences for more than half a century now.

In recent years, Hull and the surrounding area have also hosted many exciting one-off events and festivals. These include the Great British Food Festival, the Rum & Reggae Festival and the Hedon Beer Festival. But one annual fixture not to be missed is the Hull Comedy Festival. Top funnymen and women from across the UK and beyond descend on the city. And whether you’re after family humour or something a bit edgier, there’s sure to be something for you. And the same goes for music. Hull is on the itinerary of many leading acts.

‘Book’ the perfect accommodation

So, where can you stay for your visit to Hull? Guestz have the answer. The Binding House is an exceptional new development in a Grade 2 listed building, formally Browns Books. And not only is it the perfect place to curl up with a good read. It’s also an ideal base for exploring Hull. The Binding House is in the heart of Hull’s city centre, close to the historic ‘Old Town’ museums quarter. There’s a choice of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, all stylishly designed with high-tech features. So your stay could not be more comfortable.

It's a few years now since Hull came out of the shadows. So whether you come for Hull itself or visit en route to the North Sea, isn’t it time you saw what all the fuss is about?