1. Statues and sculptures
Start at Hull Paragon Station with a nod to Philip Larkin. Then head off to find the rest and discover some wonderful stories. Queen Victoria, Amy Johnson, Mahatma Gandhi, William Wilberforce, the Voyage statue from Iceland, the migrant family, symbol of more than two million people who came though the Humber on their
way to new lives.
2. Look up
Hull has some magnificent buildings but at ground level it’s easy to take them for granted. Raise your head and admire the domes of the Maritime Museum, Britannia’s chariot on the roof of the Guildhall, the bell tower at North Church Side, and much more.
3. Beverley Westwood
Beverley is getting bigger but you can still see just about all of it from the Westwood. It’s where the rolling hills and dales of the Yorkshire Wolds tumble down to the bustling market town and the plain of Holderness beyond.
4. Derby Day
The only true city derby in rugby league and not for the faint-hearted. Hull FC, also known as the Airlie Birds, in black and white, from West Hull, against Hull Kingston Rovers, the Robins, wearing red and white, from East Hull. It’s the fiercest and most intense rivalry and it even has its own language: “Gerremonsard!”.
Hull Minster and Beverley Minster are top of the list of ecclesiastical experiences, but don’t miss the Marys. St Mary’s in Lowgate, Hull, and St Mary’s at North Bar Within, Beverley, are remarkable in their own right. Howden Minster stands out. St Patrick’s, in Patrington, is less well known but fully deserving of its Queen of Holderness title.
6. Bridlington to Sewerby
By any standards a wonderful traditional English seaside resort full of cheer and charm. It’s worth making the journey from the superb sandy south beach, past the busy harbour and shingle north beach and on to Sewerby with its magnificent hall and gardens and adjacent, amazing cliff top cricket club.
7. Beverley Gate and Plotting Parlour
Inextricably linked in Britain’s and Hull’s history, the Plotting Parlour at Ye Olde White Harte in Silver Street is where in 1642 the city’s governor, Sir John Hotham, hatched the plan to refuse entry to King Charles I. Beverley Gate, at the end of Whitefriargate, is where the episode unfolded in one of the acts which triggered the Civil War.
8. The Hull patty
Potato, mashed, seasoned, deep-fried. Bob Carver’s in the Old Town has been making them to a secret recipe for nearly 130 years. Few other fish and chip shops have emerged as serious rivals. Connoisseurs have theirs in a breadcake – patty butty – showered in salt and vinegar. Debate with them whether the patty should be battered or breadcrumbed.
9. The Deep
One of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, The Deep has been around since 2002 and is as popular as ever. It is a sight to behold outside and even more spectacular within. A serial award winner, The Deep is home to around 3,500 fish as well as a colony of penguins.
10. Listen up
Award-winning comedy actress and writer Lucy Beaumont has based her show on Hullness. As you wander round the city listen up for the distinctive accent and the unique phrases. And wrap up well. If yer dern’t wear yer kert yer’ll be nithered!
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