In February, my mum visited Hull (where she comes from), to celebrate both her birthday and the fact that Hull is UK City of Culture 2017. She and Dad were there for several days to catch the culture, but we (myself and R) joined her just for the weekend.

I went to Hull lots of times as a child when we visited my grandparents; I think it's a great place because it has derelict industrial buildings, two very muddy rivers, and some really tall chimneys. R has never been before and has a more negative opinion, albeit for almost exactly the same reasons.


As well as wandering around Hull city centre a little, we met up with my parents and my brother and sister-in-law and their children, and saw several interesting free museums.

Brick building near the River Hull.
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Conservancy Buildings, Whitefriargate; pretty alleyway, nice signage.
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Fish in pavement.
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‘Dovedale’ at Whitaker Tankers on the River Hull.
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‘Britain’s Cheapest Port’ poster, Hull Streetlife Museum of Transport.
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The town centre BHS, which has a very fancy artwork.
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We were meeting up for dinner, but took a stroll beforehand around the pier area as it got dark.

Zebedee’s Yard (boing).
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Outer dock entrance to the Humber.
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The Deep and pier.
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Public toilets (which are a listed building).
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Building with green spots.
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Hotel room

We were staying in the Premier Inn (as you can probably tell, we really splashed out on this trip). We got a room very high up and the views were fantastic, or at least I thought so.

Saturday night 1: view along the river and the lights of Hull.
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Saturday night 2: closer view.
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Sunday morning 1: similar view in daytime.
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Sunday morning 2: light industrial unit below.
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On Sunday we went to see The Deep, which is basically a very big aquarium inside some very fancy architecture. It’s located on Sammy’s Point, which is another plus.

Main road bridge over the Hull.
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Another view of the bridge.
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The Deep has a café with a viewing platform where you can look out over the River Humber.

View toward town and the docks.
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Looking down...
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...and looking up.
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A buoy; industry across the Humber.
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Another view down.
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Light through the clouds on Lincolnshire; part of the Humber Bridge at right.
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The Deep seen past some rather nice lock gates.
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That’s all from me. Just by the way, if you’d like to see some pictures of Hull from the early 1980s, you could look at my dad’s Hull Photos website; he’s posting a new photo every day this year.

All images © Samuel Marshall. All rights reserved.