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Kingston upon Hull

Kingston upon Hull - generally known at Hull - is a maritime city on the banks of the River Humber and where the River Hull that splits the city in half , meets the Humber.
Hull is one of Englands larger cities and rather isolated in its location but this is simply because the port was built close to the North Sea. Hull has a 7 mile waterfront and is one of Englands main ports with passenger ferries and cargo ships arriving and departing at all times.
There is something here for everyone - history, shopping, sport, culture and a wonderful geographic location. Please disregard some of the older VT pages here - they are so negative with no objective and outdated.

Jameson Street

The main street as you walk from the railway station in to the shopping area. It is not so many years ago that heavy traffic roared down this street but it is now a precinct with outdoor cafes in the summer and plenty of seating areas .
Hull was badly bombed in the last war. It is relatively easy to see where the bombs did not fall as there are few old buildings in the main shopping area. Unfortunately the post war planners lacked some imagination or possibly a lack of money and it is only in the new century that finally some thought is going in to making this an attractive city.

A garden city

There is a good amount of greenery in the centre of Hull. Queens Gardens are on the site of a dock that was filled in many years ago but now offer a pleasant area in the centre of the city. I have put more details in my following pages
The gardeners who work for the city council can be proud of their work all the year round - even in January there are flower displays in the centre and in the spring and summer the main roads and parks are full of colourful flowers and shrubs.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful geographical location
  • Cons:Too many critics who see it as an easy target without real facts
  • In a nutshell:A good regional centre
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  • EasyMalc's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    I totally agree that Hull is maligned by people who don't know it very well. Full marks to you for putting the record straight. I love the Museums Quarter

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Over 3 years since my last visit here! What a grand job you do Colin in making your home City burst off the page. Makes fascinating reading - wish it was nearer!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    forgot - after our recent trip to the netherlands, am all into william of orange.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    most interesting page on a place i never heard of. but if it has a museum with a hals painting it can't be anything but good. love the double level tram, and the little villages around hull seem so nice and so, you should excuse the expression, quaint and british. ncie page, enjoyed reading thru it. n.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    It must be a while since I looked at this page -and latest tip - the Millhouse Restaurant sounds very classy ! Seems to be the going rate for a good meal these days - out of the capital.

  • spidermiss's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Wilberforce House and Musuem when my parents and I last visited Hull. A wonderful afternoon out!

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Hello Colin, I took your advice and checked out your Hull pages. There really is a lot more going on there than I thought. Just shows how you can be confused by negative media. Hope we can meet up again soon. fergy.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2008 at 7:46 AM

    Hello, Colin! Thanks for your splendid pictures and description! Season's greetings from Ukraine!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2008 at 5:23 AM

    Hi Colin, here at your Hull page - what lovely and sharp photos so far!loads of interesting info!esp Wilberforce info.No wonder youre in the Top 5!Had no idea Hull has so much!Hope all is well with you since our Manchester gluhwein crawl!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    I was so taken by the images of Hull in your photo club gallery that I had to come and check it out myself. Every country has a city voted dumbest or most boring - in the US, Fresno Calif. Interesting page.

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