Hull may not have had the best of reputations, but it was given a boost in 2017 when it was named the UK City of Culture, and in the same year, the city’s Ferens Art Gallery hosted the prestigious annual Turner Prize. It boasts a number of tourist attractions including The Hull People’s Memorial, the historic Old Town and museum quarter, Hull Marina and The Deep – a city landmark. Plus, it has quite a theatrical tradition, with many famous actors and writers having been born and bred here, and its museums are of national importance. Any visit to Hull is not complete without a look around Wilberforce House, the Hull and East Riding Museum and the Streetlife Museum of Transport.
The Hull nightlife leans towards the pub culture, while the trendy wine bars around Hull University and its accommodation area are popular with students. In particular, Newland Avenue and Prince’s Avenue have recently seen a rapid expansion in continental-style bars and cafés. The Humber Mouth literature festival is a real highlight of the city’s cultural calendar, while the annual Hull Jazz Festival takes place every August, and 2018 saw the 16th Pride in Hull event.
Hull is unique in that it is the only city in the UK with its own independent telephone network company, KCOM, and its distinctive cream telephone boxes can be seen all around. Telephone House, the firm’s 1960s-built headquarters is another local landmark. A port city, with a rich history as a trading hub, fishing centre and industrial metropolis, warehouses still survive in the Old Town, where trade was centred on the River Hull, later shifting to the Humber docks. The port continues to be busy to this day, handling 12 million tonnes of cargo per year, providing plenty of employment as a direct result of port activities, and ferry services to Europe handle over a million passengers each year. In the city itself, industry is primarily focused on the chemicals and healthcare sectors, and several well-known British companies, including BP, Smith & Nephew and Reckitt Benckiser, all have facilities here.
The University of Hull was founded in 1927 and now enrols more than 16,000 students. The city’s healthcare sector is further enhanced by the university’s research facilities. Hull York Medical School is a joint venture between the University of Hull and the University of York, and is part of the British government’s attempt to train more doctors. Other city institutions include the Hull School of Art and The Northern Academy of Performing Arts and Northern Theatre School. Hull also has over 100 local schools, a further education college and two large sixth form colleges.
The main road into and out of Hull is the M62 motorway/A63 road, one of the major east-west routes in Northern England, providing a link to Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as the rest of the country. Hull is close to the Humber Bridge, which offers access to destinations south of the Humber. It was built between 1972 and 1981, and at the time, it was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. Before the bridge was built, those wanting to cross the Humber had to either take a ferry or travel further inland. Bus services cover the city’s central, suburban and industrial areas, while rail services to London, Leeds and Manchester can be accessed from Hull Paragon Interchange, the city’s transport hub.
As for house prices, the average for Hull is £140,151, with flats selling for £103,317 and terraced houses for £104,512, so your pennies will certainly go further in this part of the country.