2017 - the year that Hull has become the UK City of Culture and it was kicked off with a spectacular fireworks display on January 1st. It seemed like the whole city had turned out to see them, as people lined the banks of the river Humber.
You think you know Hull? Well think again.
From the city centre and riverside, to the rolling hills of the Wolds, this region has a great diversity of attractions to offer visitors.
Hull city centre has much to offer the visitor, with its large selection of free museums and magnificent art gallery, 'The Deep' submarium, marina, ice rink, multiplex cinemas, casinos and theatres.
Ultra-modern shopping centres and traditional high streets with a superb range of shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs.
Hull is also perfectly placed for day trips to the historic market towns of Beverley and York, or even a trip to the seaside as Bridlington is only 45 minutes away and Scarborough 65 minutes by car.
Hull is a great place for walkers and cyclists to start their journey along several popular trails. Routes include The Viking Way, where you can head south over the Humber Bridge into Lincolnshire . The Wolds Way, takes you on a journey through breathtaking hills and dales to the East coast town of Filey. The Trans Pennine Trail, which can be followed to Hornsea on the East coast, or to Southport on the West Coast, with branches taking you North and South along the way.
The Deep - 27 minutes walk or under 8 in the car. The world's first Submarium was built as a Millennium project in 2000 and has been hugely successful. With free entry into the Café, you can also take advantage of the stunning views across the river Humber and the city.
The Humber Bridge - an iconic symbol of the region and a truly awesome construction.
Hull New Theatre - 12 minutes walk. Hull New Theatre continues to be one of the UK's premier touring venues and features the best in musical, opera, ballet, drama, children's shows and one night performances, with a highlight of the year being the annual spectacular Christmas pantomime.
Hull Truck Theatre - 7 minutes walk. Hull Truck has always had that more intimate feel to it and now it is firmly in its new, purpose built premises on Ferens Way, it continues to thrive.
Hull Minster - The largest parish church in the country and an important and beautiful building, which is well worth a visit.
Hull Ice Arena - 22 minutes walk or under 10 in the car. Offers a comprehensive ice skating programme and is a renowned concert venue, attracting some of the top names in the music world.
KC Stadium - 22 minutes walk or under 10 in the car. World class sports stadium and concert venue, home to Hull City AFC 'The Tigers'.
Hull Marina - 20 minutes walk. Opened in 1983, the marina has berths for some 270 pleasure boats. It has become the centre of a smart area of the city, with waterfront apartments and businesses surrounding it and fronting the river Humber.
The Museums Quarter - 21 minutes walk. Located in the old town and surrounded by ancient streets and buildings. Consisting of Wilberforce House, the Hull and East Riding Museum, Street Life Museum and The Arctic Corsair Trawler - it’s a great place to start your discovery of historic Hull. But don’t forget the Ferens Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum in the city centre and Hands On History inside the old Grammar school, Trinity Square.
Ferens Art Gallery reopens 13th January 2017- 15 minutes walk. Admission is free. Ferens Art Gallery will to host the Turner Prize exhibition in 2017 and has undergone a huge catalogue of improvements in order to be ready for it. It also has a magnificent permanent collection of paintings and sculptures of its own. You can also enjoy refreshments in the popular and newly refurbished café, La Loggia.
The University of Hull Art Collection - is a small but outstanding collection specialising in paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints produced in Britain 1890-1940.
It includes works by Beardsley, Sickert, Steer, Lucien Pissarro, Augustus John, Stanley Spencer, Wyndham Lewis and Ben Nicholson as well as sculpture by Epstein, Gill, Gaudier-Brzeska and Henry Moore. The Camden Town Group and Bloomsbury artists are particularly well represented.