"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Kingston upon Hull

The unitary authorities of the Ceremonial East Riding.

1. East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary)

Hull, officially Kingston upon Hull, is a city and unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It stands on the River Hull at its junction with the Humber estuary, 25 miles (40 km) inland from the North Sea. Hull has a resident population of 256,100 (2011 est.).

The town of Hull was founded late in the 12th century. The monks of Meaux Abbey needed a port where the wool from their estates could be exported. They chose a place at the junction of the rivers Hull and Humber to build a quay.

The exact year Hull was founded is not known but it was first mentioned in 1193. It was called Wyke on Hull. Renamed Kings-town upon Hull by King Edward I in 1299, the town and city of Hull has served as market town, military supply port, a trading hub, fishing and whaling centre, and industrial metropolis.

Hull was an early theatre of battle in the English Civil Wars. Its 18th-century Member of Parliament, William Wilberforce, played a key role in the abolition of the slave trade in Britain.

The city is unique in the UK in having had a municipally owned telephone system from 1902, sporting cream, not red, telephone boxes.

After suffering heavy damage during the Second World War (the 'Hull Blitz'), Hull weathered a period of post-industrial decline, during which the city gained unfavourable results on measures of social deprivation, education and policing. During the early 21st-century spending boom (before the late 2000s recession) the city saw large amounts of new retail, commercial, housing and public service construction spending.

Established tourist attractions include the historic Old Town and Museum Quarter, Hull Marina and The Deep, a city landmark. The redevelopment of one of Hull's main thoroughfares, Ferensway, included the opening of St. Stephen's Hull and the new Hull Truck Theatre. Spectator sporting activities include Premier League football and Super League Rugby. The KC Stadium houses the Hull City football club and Hull FC rugby club and Craven Park is home to rugby club Hull Kingston Rovers. Hull is also home to the Elite Ice Hockey League Hull Stingrays.

In November 2013, it was announced that Hull had won the UK City of Culture 2017 award.

Local authority: Hull City Council

OS Grid Reference: TA100294

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Things to see and do in and around Kingston upon Hull

  • Rascalz Play Area
  • Laser Quest Hull
  • Wilberforce House
  • Maritime Museum Hull
  • Arctic Corsair
  • Streetlife - Hull Museum of Transport
  • Hull & East Riding Museum
  • Ferens Art Gallery
  • Seven Seas Fish Trail
  • Hands On History - The Old Grammar School
  • Hull and East Riding Museum
  • Spurn Lightship
  • Dinostar - Hull's Dinosaur Experience
  • The Deep
  • Hull Ice Arena
  • Crazy Kids
  • East Park
  • Woodford Leisure Centre
  • University of Hull Art Collection
  • AMF Hollywood Bowl Hull
  • Little Monkeys
  • Big Fun Indoor Play Centre
  • One Stop Golf
  • Fuzzy Eds
  • Humber Bridge Country Park
  • Kinderland Play Centre
  • Blue Kangaroo Play and Party Centre
  • Wacky Warehouse - Kingstown Hotel
  • Fort Paull

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre
1 Paragon Street

Phone 01482 223 559
Email tourist.information@hullcc.gov.uk

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