Must-see sights in Hull start with the iconic glass and aluminium aquarium overlooking the Humber estuary. It made an immediate statement about city regeneration when it opened in 2002, and has proved immensely popular – latest attractions are the ducking and diving Antarctic penguins, but there are also over 300 other species on show, set in two and a half million artfully contained litres of water. Most big public aquariums seek some kind of distinction and Hull's is no different, billing itself as "the world's only submarium". What this means in practice is an up-close-and-personal acquaintance with creatures you really shouldn't be up close and personal with, such as sharks, rays and green sawfish, which swim right above you in Europe's deepest (9-metre) viewing tunnel. Various underwater habitats lift the lid on the story of the world's oceans and river systems, from Amazon to ice shelf – 'for conservation, not profit' is another of The Deep's taglines, and there's a strong educational and marine research side to its displays and activities. Which is basically something you forget entirely the minute you clap eyes on the divers in with the rays and clown fish (every day at 2pm) or rise through the 10-metre-high Endless Oceans tank in the glass lift.
Located in Hull, The Deep is an award winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins.
Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. Enjoy the fun and educational interactive and audio-visual presentations on your voyage of discovery.
Highlights include daily dive shows and animal presentations where you can see our divers hand feed the animals. Join in with our fantastic touch pool sessions at Discovery Corner at the Lagoon of Light and learn about some of the smaller native species to the UK shores
Finally walk through the amazing glass tunnel and take in the stunning marine life swimming all around you, before taking a ride in the glass lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit.
The local area
Here at The Deep we are passionate about Hull & East Yorkshire and the fabulous places to visit within the region. With beautiful historical buildings, lively entertainment, bustling shops and lively bars and restaurants, Yorkshire’s only waterfront city is a hidden treasure.
The Deep is located in the old town, where you’ll find the Museums Quarter with 7 free museums to enjoy. There are lots of tempting historic pubs such as Ye Olde White Harte where allegedly the plotting for the Civil War took place or you can take a wander along the marina enjoying the peaceful sound of the boat masts swaying in the wind. Don’t forget to stop off at the retro Fruit Market area, home to the UK’s only museum of Club Culture, Hull’s Dinosaur exhibition and many more quirky venues.
Best local places to eat and drink
The Two Rivers Restaurant is one of the most unique restaurants Hull has to offer and is located in the heart of The Deep aquarium. Enjoy an evening with friends or family, for a romantic meal or to celebrate a special occasion. Diners are treated to a sumptuous menu, inspired by locally sourced and sustainable ingredients whilst being surrounded by some of Europe's best aquatic displays. You also get the chance to explore the exhibits on the main floor of the attraction throughout the course of the evening.
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Adult £12.00, under 15s £10.00, senior/student £11.00, under 3s free, family of 4 £39.50, family of 5 £47.50. All tickets cheaper if bought online. Parking £2 for 4 hours.
Daily 10am–6pm, last entry at 5pm.
How do I get there?
It's walking distance from Hull marina and the city centre – there's a connecting pedestrian and cycle bridge, and it's clearly signposted. There's on-site parking too.
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