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Family Days out in Hull

This Is Where It's At

Chrissie Lewis

A city of exploration for young, old and those somewhere in-between. Hull has plenty to keep all the family happy. Here are a few suggestions to put a smile on everyone's face come rain or shine.

From stunning mosaics at Hull and East Riding Museum, to experiencing 200 years if transport history at the Streetlife Museum, Hull's Museums Quarter is a good place to start. 

Entry to all museums - also including Wilberforce House and the Artic Corsair trawler - is free, with a constantly changing programme of events.

Other gems include the much-loved Maritime Museum with its beautiful scrimshaw collection and full-sized whale skeleton, and the Hands on History Museum, home to a genuine 2600-year-old mummy and unique replicas to King Tutankhamen's treasures.

Don't miss Explore Art, the ground floor gallery at the Ferens Art Gallery, it's perfect for children aged 0-five with plenty of engaging hands on activities, the stimulating family environment encourages play, creation and exploration - and there's even a cafe for that all important cup of tea and scones.

No family day out would be complete without a visit to The Deep. Boasting many rare species of underwater life, sharks, penguins and a stunning viewing tunnel, it's easy to see why it's considered one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world. And continuing the same theme, why not seek out Hull's Fish Trail? A unique way of exploring the city, Gordon Young's sculpture trail winds through the Old Town with a school of eclectic fish set within the city's pavements. Spot the electric eel outside the sub station, the shark outside the bank...and who knows you might even find one of the Larkin Toads or Amy Johnson Moth sculptures on your travels.

Chocolate workshops are a must for the kids at Cocoa Chocolatier on Humber Street, where they can decorate lollipops and cookies followed by a delicious hot chocolate. Then head ober to Dinostar, an interactive dinosaur museum and get up close and personal with a Tyrannosaurus-rex skull and Triceratops bones.

Chrissie Lewis - Local writer

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