Old Town

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Hull's Old Town is where a grand minster and cobbled streets flush with Georgian town houses give a flashback to the prosperity the town once knew. It occupies the thumb of land between the River Hull to the east and Princes Quay to the west. Recent regeneration efforts have brought back to life the dockside Fruit Market, where vintage shops, art studios and independent bars and cafes are flourishing along Humber St; and the Old Town's indoor Trinity Market, now housing street-food vendors like Shoot the Bull.

Adjoining Trinity Market, also seek out the gloriously nostalgic Hepburn Arcade – Hull's oldest covered shopping arcade – with its Victorian wrought-iron decoration, celebratory bunting and grungy vintage stores.

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1. Humber St Gallery

0.18 MILES

This slick three-storey contemporary gallery in a former banana-ripening warehouse anchors Hull's revamped Fruit Market. Rotating exhibitions celebrate…

2. Guildhall

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This huge neoclassical building dates from 1916 and houses vast areas of polished marble, and oak and walnut panelling. It is now an off-limits council…

3. Maritime Museum


In the early 19th century Hull had the largest whaling fleet in Britain, providing the whale oil that greased the wheels of the country's industrial…

4. Ferens Art Gallery


Following extensive renovations, the Ferens Art Gallery reopened in 2017 as part of Hull's City of Culture celebrations. The permanent art collection…

5. Hull & East Riding Museum

0.21 MILES

This museum traces local history and archaeology from Roman times to the present, with Anglo-Saxon, medieval and geology galleries.

6. Streetlife Museum

0.26 MILES

This fascinating museum contains re-created street scenes from Georgian and Victorian times and from the 1930s, with all sorts of historic vehicles to…

7. Hull Pier Toilets

0.26 MILES

There are not too many places where a public toilet counts as a tourist attraction, but coach parties regularly stop to take photos of these Edwardian…

8. Wilberforce House

0.28 MILES

The wealth that Britain amassed as the world's first industrial nation was directly aided by the transatlantic slave trade, and this important museum…