Hull's Old Town
Do you know your Georgian from your Edwardian? In Hull’s Old Town, there is evidence of many period throughout history. With many original features it is clear that Hull has a significant place within British history. Hull’s Old Town is a hidden treasure where you will discover Hull’s collection of free museums including Streetlife Museum of Transport, where all the family can climb aboard a tram or take a carriage ride into the past, and Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology where you’ll find a life-size woolly mammoth. It is also home to Hepworth Arcade where Mr Marks and Mr Spencer had one of their first penny bazaars! There is also a strong link between Hull Old Town and the English Civil War with the alleged plotting parlour at Ye Olde White Harte and the actual spot at which Charles I was refused entry to the city of Hull – Beverley Gate, as well as the world’s smallest window the George Hotel.
The best way to explore the hidden side of Hull is to join one of the guided city tours or enlist the help of one of our friendly guides.
Take a walk down the cobbled streets and explore Hull's Trinity Quarter with a rich and interesting past - don't forget to look up, as many of the buildings have striking architecture. With a variety of beautiful historic buildings, old fashioned real ale public houses, museums and the captivating Holy Trinity Church; the quarter is an evocative and interesting part of the city at the heart of the Historic Old Town. Amongst the bars, shops, and restaurants you will also find, on the edge of Trinity Square, the popular Hands on History Museum which boasts exciting exhibits. So explore and absorb the history, then grab a coffee on the square and watch the world go by in beautiful historic surroundings.
Hull’s son, Wilberforce, an MP for Hull and Yorkshire, was responsible for leading the fight that led to the abolition of slavery. His birthplace is now home to the Wilberforce House Museum and his former school, Hull Grammar School, is now the Hands on History Museum. You can also see the font where he was baptised at the Holy Trinity Church. To find out more about the time Wilberforce spent in Hull why not follow the Walking with Wilberforce trail?
From high street giants to small independent shops, Whitefriargate has it all. Brands such as Marks and Spencers, Pandora, HMV and New Look stand proud next to smaller retailers that trade in locally loved ‘Hepworth Arcade’. Here you can find boutiques, vintage clothing, gift shops, jewellery and joke stores. If you like a bargain why not visit Trinity Open Market on the first Friday of every month of for fresh produce visit the Trinity Indoor Market.
Old Town Dining
In the evening Hull Old Town is the place to be for eating and drinking. Choose from relaxing pints in atmospheric real ale public houses or check out the trendy bar scene that comes alive at night. Whatever your ideal evening involves, the Trinity Quarter has something that is guaranteed to appeal.