Tower Street Hull HU1 4DP
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.
The Owner Says
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.