Back in the Easter holidays, we decided to go on yet another impromptu break – read all about our trip to Weston-Super-Mare and the Cheddar Gorge here. We couldn’t decide where to go and there wasn’t much choice left as everywhere was booked – until we thought of Hull.
My Uncle used to have a flat and a chip shop in Hull before he passed – I’m not sure if my aunt still has possession of it – and I grew up hearing all about it, the good and the bad. I wanted to see what it was like for myself so off we trotted for a weekend away.
We opted for a Premier Inn again – they are super affordable, spacious and comfy; the kids get free breakfast and we get an affordable breakfast too. They truly can’t be beaten on price for a weekend away, we always choose them. Olivia is always excited to go back to ‘The Moon and Stars’ as you can see by the look on her face below.
As we tend to use our hotel room as a base and not spend much time there, we didn’t really get any photos of it. However, it was very much your standard Premier Inn family room.
We took a walk around Hull the first evening we were there to take in our surroundings and see what it had to offer. Olivia took a liking to this statue and Jack just had to get a picture.
We noticed the spectacular building of The Deep on our first evening there and had to find out what it was. When we found out that it was one of the UK’s biggest and best aquariums and one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, we penciled in a visit for the next day. We booked online to save a little money and the kids were very excited to visit!
The Deep certainly lives up to the description of being spectacular. There are over 50 displays with over 5000 species. An education charity, all money made is re-invested into pioneering research, conservation activities and new exhibits. They are fully accessible to all and have a variety of interactive displays, shows and presentations to get involved with.
We spent a good few hours looking around The Deep and the kids really enjoyed themselves. We took plenty of photos although the quality of some aren’t that great due to the lighting however I am sure you will agree that The Deep is home to some truly beautiful species.
The ticket prices are affordable although I would advise you book online to save some money. Adults cost £14 on the door or £12.60 online, children aged 3-15 cost £11 on the door or £9.90 online with children under 3 and carers going free. Students and seniors (60+) cost £13 on the door or £11.70 online. Car parking is available at a cost of £3 for six hours – but beware, the car park machines only take cash however you can go in to the main desk and pay by card for your parking if you do not have any cash with you.
The experience we had at The Deep was great and we’d definitely visit again if we were ever in the area again.
The Dinosaur Museum
The wonderful Steph mentioned Dinostar – The Dinosaur Experience when I picked her brains about stuff to do in Hull so after leaving The Deep and with some time to spare, we popped in. Dinostar is Yorkshire’s only dinosaur attraction and is interactive, fun and suitable for children of all ages.
The attraction is quite small so it didn’t take us too long to get around but the kids had great fun – especially Jack who is dinosaur mad.
Admission costs £3 for adults and £1.50 for children or senior citizens. It is open every Saturday and Sunday and some school holidays.
A Little Walk & The Other Bits
Before heading off to Withernsea to the beach, we took another little walk around and took some photos. I also took this super cute photo of Olivia at breakfast and these cool milkshakes we found in Asda which I wanted to share here.
The Beach at Withernsea
When you are on holiday, you want to pop to the beach – right? So we drove a little way to Withernsea and spent a little time on the beach as a family before heading for ice cream – how good does it look?
The kids really enjoyed their paddle in the sea, they can be right little water babies!
After a busy, busy day, we headed to Gino’s restaurant in Hull for dinner. The food was good and more affordable than I expected however the restaurant was super hot and we couldn’t wait to get out into the cool night air and head back to our room to sleep.
A Stop At The Humber Bridge
After a wonderful weekend, we headed home – with a quick stop at Steve’s cousin’s in Lincolnshire for her birthday BBQ. We’d driven over the Humber Bridge to get into Hull and of course, were driving over it to get out but we wanted to see it’s magnificence for ourselves so we did a little research and found a fab little place to stop and get some photos.
Isn’t it wonderful? It always amazes me that people can design and build such things that withstand so much weight and last so many years! Seeing the Humber Bridge for myself really topped off a wonderful weekend.
I really enjoyed my weekend in Hull and would definitely consider going back in the future – is there anything you’d suggest I check out?