As 2017's UK City of Culture, Hull is fast becoming a popular city for day-trippers and weekend breaks. Our Motability team is giving you some tips on the best things to do in Hull, all attractions are perfect for visits with family and friends and each have full accessibility.
Whether you're looking for an educational trip or just some relaxation and delicious food, we've got it all. Discover what this vibrant city has to offer for everyone to enjoy.
The Deep, Hull
The Deep in Hull is one of the world's most spectacular aquariums, located at Sammy's Point. There is a huge variety of sea life living at this award-winning Hull aquarium, including a massive 3,500 fish and seven species of shark.
There is something for everyone to delve into at The Deep, with interactive displays and audio-visual presentations as well as living exhibits.
The exhibit includes the Tropical Lagoon of light which is home to a huge amount of sting rays and incredible vibrant tropical fish. Alongside that, there's a 10-metre deep exhibit named Endless Oceans, which has its very own lift running through the tank and is filled with 2,500,000 litres of water.
Inside the tank, visitors will find Europe's only green sawfish as well as sharks and sting rays. Not forgetting, there's a huge variety of marine life at The Deep including; fish that glow in the dark, penguins, coral, turtles, frogs, coral jellyfish and a forest straight from the Amazon.
The Deep invites visitors of all abilities to enjoy the incredible marine life on display. The aquarium is committed to accessibility and is continually updating to its wide range of tools and information to ensure an accessible family day out.
You'll find 14 widened car parking spaces designated for accessible parking, situated next to the accessible groups entrance. Alongside plenty of blue badge spaces.
The accessible entrance is adjacent to the parking spaces, on the far left of the building. Inside the accessible entrance, visitors have the option of a low-level counter, good lighting ticket area and braille/large print copies of The Deep guidebook which are free of charge.
Where needed, The Deep also offers mobility scooters, wheelchairs and walking aids which are available to hire free of charge from reception.
Accessible toilets are clearly signed throughout the attraction, with emergency call alarms available on each level of the building. Lifts are also dotted around the aquarium where needed. Throughout the attraction, there are some high-level walkways, which have protective railings for support.
The Deep is a fantastic day out for people of all abilities and ages!
The Streetlife Museum, Hull
The Streetlife Museum of Transport Hull is your chance to step back in time and enjoy the smells, sounds and sights from the past. Showcasing 200 years of transport history, the Streetlife Museum allows visitors to walk down a 1940s high-street and board a tram or enjoy a carriage ride.
There are five fantastic galleries to explore at the Streetlife Museum, including; The Bicycle Gallery, The Carriage Gallery, The Motor Car Gallery, The Streetscene Gallery, The Railway Gallery and The Joseph Rank Gallery.
An exploration of the fascinating history and development of the bicycle, The Bicycle Gallery has an incredible collection of early bicycles linking to Hull's history, including an 1818 Hobby Horse.
The Railway Gallery contains many interesting artefacts from the 1930s, including the Cottingham North signal box which was re-assembled at the Streetlife Museum from its original location.
If you're looking to go all the way back to the 1900 Motor Show, the Motor Car Gallery gives you the opportunity to see rare veteran cars from 1897.
The Streetscene Gallery will transport you back in time to a busy street of shops from the 1930s, including a Yorkshire chemist shop and a Co-operative shop!
With one of the most exquisite carriage collections in Britain, The Carriage Gallery allows guests to step back in time with smells of the stable.
Joseph Rank was one of Britain's largest flour milling and baking companies and The Joseph Rank Gallery looks at the legacy of the man who founded it. Alongside the interactive feature showing how roller milling produces flour, visitors will see a display of replicas of Joseph Rank's freedom of the city scroll.
The Streetlife Museum is perfectly suitable for all abilities, with accessibility through the main entrance. There is also a wheelchair accessible lift to the first floor and several ramps over some of the train tracks inside the museum.
Guide dogs are most welcome and there is disabled parking available on site. The museum simply asks for any visitors needing a parking space to ask at Wilberforce House reception or telephone beforehand.
East Park, Hull
East Park is the hub of Hull events 2017. Fully opening in 1887 for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee celebration, East Park is Hull's largest park. With 130 acres of luscious green space where visitors can enjoy modern attractions and historic treasures, there's something for everyone.
Whether visitors are looking to enjoy hearty homecooked meals in the Pavilion café, take a thrilling ride on the Wicksteed splash boat, meet the fascinating animals at the animal education centre or even row a boat on the East Park boating lake, the park has it all!
Pathways in the Hull park have recently been resurfaced and access to the park is always level, including the Pavilion Cafe. Wheelchairs can be borrowed from the park through the cycling scheme.
Assistance dogs are more than welcome in the park and disabled toilets can be located inside the Pavilion Café.
For a lovely day, outdoors and with a variety of attractions on offer, East Park is a fantastic option.
Car Café Hull
Our ever popular Car Café has expanded, and for 2017 has headed to the buzzing city of culture, Hull to bring motoring fanatics the opportunity to show off their metal and indulge in the finest vehicles the country has to show!
You can join the meet every second Sunday of the month during the season which runs from April to September. You'll be greeted with a free hot drink, there will be breakfast on offer and not forgetting plenty of motoring enthusiasm to get stuck into!
Want to join us? The meet takes place at Stratstone BMW MINI Hull, Citadel Way, HU9 1TQ from 8:30-10:30am. For more information and to RSVP to our next meet click here.
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