8 Old Town Hull

Hip Culture Outpost
Creative Capital
Traveller Value
Hip Hangout Score 22

Best spots for a caffeine hit

Going by the ‘from farm to cup’ mentality, Riverhouse Coffee Co. chooses its coffee seasonally from a huge range of beans sourced from all corners of the world. It also takes the environment seriously, offering its  very own KeepCup which comes with 15% off future coffee purchases!

Most instagrammable places to visit

Grab your phones and head straight for the crescent-shaped arch of Prince Street, where the pastel-coloured fronts of houses look like something out of a Dickens novel. For a touch of inspirational street art, you'll want to get over to the Fruit Market. Stencilled quotes in neon colours are emblazoned on to brick walls, a visual display of the modern times against a neighbourhood so entrenched in history.

Mouth-watering must-eats/drinks

Hitchcock’s vegetarian restaurant is a place to eat with a difference. As a small venue, it only opens when it has enough people booked in, and the menu for each evening is chosen by the first person to book. So, one day you might be tucking into Nepalese food, the next Spanish! The restaurant itself is just as quirky as its concept, with rooms spiraling off on different levels like a cosy rabbit’s warren; each room is decorated with an eclectic mix of thrift shop purchases for a bohemian feel.

Key facts

  1. Transport Links: A fifteen minute walk to Hull Paragon Interchange station, which runs services connecting Hull to cities including London, Manchester, Sheffield and York
  2. Famous For: Being the birthplace of famous philanthropist, politician and leader of the anti-slave trade movement, William Wilberforce
  3. Avg cost of hotel room per night: £75

Named the UK’s City of Culture 2017, Hull is emerging from the shadows to finally have its time in the spotlight. The Old Town is where you’ll find much of Hull’s eclectic history, with museums galore to keep the entire family amused. Walking around the narrow cobbled streets you’ll find pockets of Edwardian, Georgian and even the prehistoric age all sitting side by side, but it’s also become a hotspot for a flurry of new creative ventures.

When it comes to historical spots, Hull’s Old Town has an astonishingly high number all squirrelled away into one corner. There’s the Streetlife Museum of Transport, where visitors can walk down a reconstruction of a 1940s high street, plus the East Riding Museum of Archaeology which is home to a life-size woolly mammoth. Quirky spots are also dotted around the neighbourhood if you know where to look – England’s smallest window can be found at the George Hotel, while the 16th-century Ye Olde White Harte pub is said to have been the place where the English Civil War was plotted.

Set within an old warehouse, the Fruit Market is the cultural hub of the Old Town. Not only is it a venue for comedy, gigs and theatre shows, but you’ll also find vintage markets, underground club nights and more in its  event calendar. There’s art and studio space, pop-up markets, independent cafes and restaurants, plus new mews-style homes for those looking to have all this creativity on their doorstep. It also serves as a backdrop to several local festivals, including Freedom Fest and the Humber Street Sesh, both of which are set to return in 2018.

Also found in the Old Town is the Kingston Art Group Gallery, an artistic community which looks to provide affordable studio and exhibition space for local visual artists. Anything goes here, with animators, landscape artists and photographers all featured side-by-side. And just down the same road is enough to satisfy fashionistas and foodies looking for something completely different. Poorboy Boutique specialises in vintage clothing from the 1950s onwards, while Thieving Harry’s Place is a favourite local hotspot, with plant-based dishes and brunch options available alongside freshly brewed coffee.

"As Hull basks in the limelight of being the UK City of Culture, there’s no better time to visit Hull’s Old Town.   This historic city centre neighbourhood is a perfect blend of original heritage and a thriving arts and culture scene. Hull continues its cultural renaissance and the Old Town is a huge draw for locals and visitors alike. The mix of the old and new can be seen throughout the pubs, bars, galleries, and restaurants, stretching from the cobbled High Street to the contemporary Humber Street with its converted warehouses.  There’s a definite energy in Old Town which is uniquely made in in Hull."

Anthony Yates, Visitor Economy Manager, Visit Hull & East Yorkshire

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