Hull – or Kingston upon Hull as it is properly known – is located on the River Hull, 25 miles from the North Sea on the north east coast of England. It is one of the major cities in Yorkshire, or “God’s Own County” as it is more poetically known. With such a heady moniker, Hull has a lot to live up to.
Until recently, the city itself wouldn’t have won any beauty contests. An industrial town and main fishing port for England’s east coast, the city was near destroyed in WWII and the post Blitz architecture can leave a little to be desired. However, the city was designated as Capital of Culture in 2017, and this gave Hull the boost it needed to restore its neglected historic buildings and create a thriving, modern waterfront. The historic Old Town is now a hidden gem in the city, with cobbled streets and elegant Georgian and Edwardian buildings.
The surrounding area is as lovely as it is expansive, and home to some of England’s most beautiful countryside. Hull is just an hour from the walled Roman city of York, a city that is hard to rival in terms of character and history. The celebrated York Minster, Northern Europe’s largest Cathedral is York’s crowning glory. The internal Gothic beauty of the Cathedral is matched by the external quirky charm of The Shambles, a 14th century street mentioned in the Doomsday Book. If you fancy something a bit more modern afterwards, then head to Bishopthorpe Road for a taste of independent boutiques, antique furniture and the (alleged) best fish’n’chips in England.