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One of the UK's very best aquariums, brilliant for families – and situated in an iconic building in a great location. 

The Deep

Tower Street Hull HU1 4DP 01482 381 000

We say

Must-see sights in Hull start with The Deep, an immensely popular iconic glass and aluminium aquarium overlooking the Humber estuary that is home to a fabulous collection of almost 3,500 fish, including magnificent sharks, the UK’s only pair of Green sawfish and a colony of Gentoo penguins, not to mention an array of bugs and snakes. Journey through the world’s oceans – from tropical lagoons to the chillier northern climes – and enjoy an up-close-and-personal acquaintance with creatures you really shouldn't be up close and personal with, some of whom are swimming right above you in Europe's deepest viewing tunnel. You can ride a glass lift through the 10-metre 'Endless Ocean' exhibit, while the various underwater habitats do a good job of lifting the lid on the story of the world's oceans and river systems, from the Amazon to the ice shelf. 

Be sure also to catch some of the amazing daily highlights – a touchpool session with small creatures native to UK shores; the penguins having a snack in one of the twice-daily hand feeding sessions; and divers feeding and checking on the animals during the 2pm shows. There are also new additions for 2017, among them a pair of Loggerhead sea turtles called Senza and Mabouche, as well as the fabulous new-look Lagoon exhibit which features large mangrove trees, amazing corals and hundreds of tropical fish. Meanwhile, at the new 'Digi:Sea' interactive ocean wall you can design your own animal at the creation station, upload it to the digital wall and see it become an animated work of art!

Despite all these thrills and spills, there's a strong educational and marine research side to The Deep's displays and activities, and it's great for kids and families. There's an excellent café too, with a choice of hot and cold meals and snacks and views across out across the Humber estuary. Or, if you prefer to take your own picnic, there is a space to enjoy your own packed lunch too: very inclusive and enlightened. Much like The Deep itself.

They say

Located in Hull, The Deep is an award winning aquarium that is home to almost 3,500 fish including Green sawfish, spectacular sharks, turtles 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 the daily dive show (every day at 2pm, see www.thedeep.co.uk for the location each day) and twice-daily penguin feedings (11.30am and 3.30pm) in the Kingdom of Ice. Join in with our touchpool sessions at Dylan's Discovery Corner - get up close with some of the smaller native species to the UK shores every half past the hour between 10.30am - 4.30pm.

Finally, walk through the glass tunnel and take in the stunning marine life swimming above you before taking a ride in the glass lift through the 10m Endless Ocean exhibit.

Our Favourite Spot

*FINDERELLA*

2 December – 7 January 2018 Its Christmas capers time and our fun-packed Christmas pantomime is no exception! Running every day from 2 December – 7 January 2018, join Finderella as she returns home from the Prince’s ball in a classic tale with a fishy twist. This laugh out loud performance has bundles of audience participation, so make sure your little ones don’t miss out at 11:30am and 3:30pm in Endless Ocean (Finderella is included in our standard entry price). It is sure to keep children of all ages entertained. Find out more here https://www.thedeep.co.uk/plan-your-visit/whats-on/month/2017/12#fin-derella.

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  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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How much?

Adult £12.50, under 15s £10.50, seniors/students £11.50, under 3s free, family of 4 £41, family of 5 £49.50. Online tickets are 10% cheaper. Pay once and get free return visits for 12 months.

Facilities

  • Café
  • Events & Activities
  • Gift Shop
  • Group Bookings
  • Wheelchair Access

Getting 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 plentiful on-site parking too.

When?

Daily 10am–6pm (except 24/25 Dec), last entry at 5pm.

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