Hull is named UK's City of Culture in 2017
This gives Hull a platform to tell the world about the great things it has to offer. The award brings with it tourists, investment, attention and a growing confidence for the city.
Modern Hull is a city of contrasts, from the cobbled streets of the historic Old Town with its Museums’ Quarter and thriving creative industries to the contemporary Princes Quay Shopping Centre above the waters of a former dock.
Hull reflects its maritime history with a Maritime Museum, the Spurn Lightship, the intriguing sidewinder trawler Arctic Corsair, and the fascinating The Deep aquarium. In contrast, the new Hull stadium is home to rugby league and football. A short distance away the stunning Humber suspension bridge saves miles on the crossing of the River Humber estuary.
In the heart of the city, the marina complex occupies the site of the former docks. A haven for yachts and small sailing craft, it is surrounded by shops, restaurants, traditional pubs and contemporary café bars. In the summer months the marina is the setting for the city’s annual international Jazz and Sea Shanty festivals enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Every year, six and a half million visitors discover Hull. On the doorstep are the chalk hills of the Yorkshire Wolds, farmlands that stretch to the East Coast and an area rich in bird life and geology. A short drive or train ride takes you to the traditional seaside resorts of Bridlington, Scarborough and Filey.
Hull has a wide range of restaurants, a lively programme of events and festivals and accommodation to suit all budgets. Hull is a gateway for visitors from the Continent, with passenger ferries across the North Sea to and from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.